Our priority at the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis is to bring experience and a scientific perspective to shelter animal care.  We encourage everyone to search through our reference library.  Simply enter the search term to see all resources available for managing some of the most common issues in animal shelters.  You can also indicate the type of documents you are interested in seeing by checking the appropriate box.

Also check out the Virtual Consultant website, a collaboration between the Shelter Medicine Programs at UC Davis and University of Wisconsin, that enables all animal shelters to assess their everyday practices. 

Feline Infectious Peritonitis/Feline Coronavirus (FIP/FCoV)

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a complex and inevitably fatal disease whose mode of transmission and infection is still not entirely understood. While outbreaks or increased rates of infections are rare, shelters should have a plan in place to monitor for elevated rates of disease and to respond appropriately. This information sheet provides a basic overview of this disease and presents some ideas to consider if you face increased FIP rates in your shelter.

Read More

Canine: Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (a.k.a. "Kennel Cough")

Canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) is a syndrome of diseases that are of significant concern in any multi-dog setting. The appropriate treatment and containment practices needed to address a CIRDC incident will vary considerably based on the specific agent or agents involved. In many cases identifying the agents involved is not possible; therefore, a prevention strategy is the key to tackling CIRDC in a shelter setting.

Read More

Cat Portals: Order Information and Instruction for Installation

Need a simple way to make cats in your shelter healthier and happier? Installing portals between two existing cat cages is an inexpensive way to update your single cage cat housing to spiffy double compartment condos, which benefits cats by keeping food, bed and litter separate and allowing cleaning and daily care with minimum disruption. Order your portals today.

Read More