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(ANNAPOLIS, Maryland) June 27, 2012—Your cat needs routine medical care to ensure it lives a long, happy, healthy life, but sometimes finding a veterinarian that you and your cat feel comfortable with can be difficult. More and more veterinarians across the country are working to become cat friendly to ensure their feline clients have the best visit possible. A study in the July 1 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) showed that by taking steps to be more cat-friendly, veterinarians are better able to help more cats receive needed veterinary care.

The CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations working on behalf of cats, has compiled the following list of five things to look for when seeking a cat-friendly veterinary practice.

1. The first time you call for information about a practice, the receptionist should be able to tell you what the practice recommends for routine wellness care for cats that are the same age as your cat. This should include not only the basic vaccinations but also preventive medications and annual visits.

2. The practice should have either separate exam rooms for cats or should offer special times during the day when they only see cats.

3. When scheduling an appointment, the person you speak to should ask whether you are at all worried about transporting your cat to the practice. There are many tips and resources for cat owners that can help alleviate the stress that some experience when transporting a cat and your veterinarian’s office should be able to explain them to you.

4. Ask what types of carrier the office recommends for transportation. Most cat-friendly practices would recommend a carrier with a removable top so that if your cat seems nervous or scared it can be examined without extracting it from the carrier. In addition, you can ask what type of cat-friendly training the staff has undergone.

5. Ask if the practice sends out reminders when wellness care is needed again. They should; it’s something that shows they are committed to their feline clients and the health of their patients.

Taking your cat to see its veterinarian should not be a stressful task, and finding a practice that is committed to making your cat’s visit as pleasant as possible is something you can accomplish with a few phone calls to practices in your area. In addition, the American Association of Feline Practitioners has recently created a Cat Friendly Practice designation for veterinary practices. To see if a veterinary clinic near you has received this designation, visit www.catvets.com.

By getting the above information from local veterinary clinics in your area, you should be able to find one that will treat your cat with the respect and kindness it deserves.


The CATalyst Council is a national organization which includes a wide variety of animal health and welfare organizations as well as corporate members of the animal health industry that are working together to improve the health and welfare of America’s favorite pet. It was founded in response to troubling statistics released by the American Veterinary Medical Association that indicate an increase in our nation’s pet cat population coupled with a decline in veterinary care for those cats. More information about the CATalyst Council is available at www.catalystcouncil.org.



New guide offers best practices for police, prosecutors,
animal control, and veterinary professionals

Washington, D.C.–The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Policing Services (the COPS Office) has partnered with the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to develop the first-ever toolkit aimed at assisting law enforcement agencies in addressing dogfighting. The resource, a 96-page, illustrated manual, is available free of charge from the Justice Department to law enforcement agencies, investigators, prosecutors, animal control officers, veterinarians and interested community partners.

The Dogfighting Toolkit for Law Enforcement is a collection of resources designed to provide local law enforcement agencies and their partners with the necessary tools to deal with dogfighting in their communities. The toolkit includes details of best practices on addressing the issue, along with a quick reference card, a prosecutor’s guide to dogfighting cases, a community action guide, an FAQ for animal shelters and veterinarians, and access to a no-cost, online training course entitled “Combating Dogfighting.”

“Dogfighting is a heinous crime with terrible consequences,” said Bernard Melekian, director of the COPS Office. “This toolkit gives law enforcement an opportunity to develop strategies to address a malicious crime, and provides prosecutors, professionals, and community members guidance on how they can assist in helping put an end to dogfighting.”

“The ASPCA is pleased to jointly launch this comprehensive toolkit with the Department of Justice that will help law enforcement across the country tackle this ruthless crime that has become both an animal welfare and public safety issue,” added Dr. Randall Lockwood, senior vice president of ASPCA Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects. “Dogfighting is often associated with other illegal activity such as drugs and weapons, and we hope our toolkit will help law enforcement and other agencies actively investigate, prosecute and eradicate dogfighting in America.”

Dogfighting is a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise, which has challenged law enforcement agencies for nearly 150 years. Coordination of police, prosecutors, animal care and control, veterinary professionals, and others is essential for the successful investigation of dogfighting within any community.

Historically, dogfighting activities have remained underground and participants in this crime were rarely held accountable. Laws addressing dogfighting and animal cruelty in general were usually weak and poorly enforced. In the last decade, however, this trend has begun to change. Once just a misdemeanor, dogfighting can now carry felony penalties in all 50 states. Legislators, law enforcement agencies, and the public have recognized that animal cruelty and dogfighting often include participants and spectators who have been, or will be involved in, other serious crimes.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $13 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 120,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, technical assistance, conferences, and webcasts. For additional information about the Dogfighting Toolkit for Law Enforcement, and to view a list of municipalities that received grants, visit the COPS Office website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.                                                



What do we do if we have a quick health inquiry – we go online to a health site.  But, if something happens to our pets, we haven’t had the same options.

But now, finding quality veterinary care just got a lot easier with the launch of American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) online resource MyVeterinarian.com.

MyVeterinarian.com provides pet owners with detailed information about veterinary practices around the country. Whether welcoming a new pet to the home, moving into a new neighborhood or looking for a veterinarian while out of town, pet owners can rely on the site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

"What makes MyVeterinarian.com superior to other online veterinary search tools is the amount of information we provide about each practice on our site," Dr. Rene Carlson, President of the AVMA. "There aren't any other sites that give you as much information in one place, providing options for highly selective searches and lets you compare up to three practices at a time to find the best choice for your needs."

Visitors to MyVeterinarian.com simply type in a zip code if they're looking for a veterinarian in a geographic area. The list provided contains everything a pet owner needs to know, including: the clinic's name, address, phone number and business hours; the medical services provided; the species of animals served; and the names of the veterinarians on staff. In addition, practices can indicate if they offer special services for pets adopted through local shelters.  Practices can also list their website address, and a map is available to show the clinic's location.

Pet owners can also search the site for specific health and pet-care related topics, such as what clinics might offer dermatologic or behavior services, for example, or where boarding and training is available. A link on the site to the AVMA's Animal Health page provides access to valuable information related to general pet care, emergency and first aid resources, and many other pet-related topics. Access to all of the information on MyVeterinarian.com is free.

Help In Suffering (HIS) Tends Animal Population in Jaipur

Despite making significant economic progress, modern India is a country where millions of animals continue to suffer severe neglect or abuse. Overpopulation, poverty, superstition, apathy and ignorance all contribute to their plight.
Fortunately, improvements are starting to take root thanks to the work of animal welfare organizations striving to provide immediate health benefits for animals, while fostering a more caring culture in Indian society.

Help In Suffering, Jaipur
A good example of this noble effort is Help in Suffering (HIS) {
www.his-india.in <http://www.his-india.in> } a registered Indian charitable trust that for 30 years has championed animal care and welfare in Jaipur, a city of almost four million in the province of Rajasthan.
Located in a shaded two-acre compound on the outskirts of Jaipur, Help in Suffering provides shelter and medical treatment for injured and sick dogs, cats, cattle, donkeys, ponies, horses, camels, monkeys, and birds – and until recently even elephants! It also does its best to educate people to make a better world for animals in India.

HIS employs about thirty-five staff and has three rescue ambulances and two mobile clinic vehicles. Six separate animal welfare projects are conducted, each headed by a veterinary surgeon.
Chief Vet Dr. Jack Reece
Dr. Jack Reece, an English vet, has been the cornerstone of the HIS veterinary staff for the past 12 years. He is recipient of the first Trevor Blackburn Award by the British Veterinary Association for work in the field of animal health and welfare in a developing country.
“Working to help animals in India is no more or less important than helping animals anywhere else on the planet,” he says.  “The plight of animals is global and even in the more prosperous nations of the West there is still much to be done to improve their lot. The big difference is that India is a huge country with a rampant population of street, working, and wild animals and very few resources to help them. That’s why I chose to offer my services here.”
Some would cast Jack as a modern day James Herriot, the kind-hearted Scottish veterinary surgeon who wrote the best-selling book All Creatures Great and Small. Dr. Reece will have none of that and prefers to stay out of the limelight, selflessly going about his work and lavishing praise on others for the accomplishments of HIS. And certainly, there are others who are well deserving of credit.

Helping Camels
Dr. Pradeep Singhal heads the HIS Camel project. Each day his team visits parts of Jaipur and nearby villages where large numbers of working camels congregate. Pradeep’s team also organizes an annual treatment camp at the Pushkar Camel Fair and has helped build a Camel Treatment Centre at nearby Bassi.  Common among camel ailments are parasites, worms, infections, and incorrect use of nose pegs. “As much as we treat wounds and injuries, we focus on educating owners so that improved management practices can be introduced,” he says.


Equine Care
Dr. Sudhir Swami splits his time between work in the compound’s dispensary and traveling in a mobile clinic to minister to the working donkeys, ponies and horses of Jaipur.  Sudhir and his staff provide free care to these animals that frequently suffer from exhaustion, lameness, debilitation, and disease from cart overloading, inadequate diet and water supply, and general overwork in extreme heat. “We are reducing these problems, many of which are preventable,” says Sudhir.  “For example, daily hoof care helps prevent injury, infection and lameness and so we distribute hoof picks together with information on how to properly clean the hoof.”
Sudhir and his assistants also tend to hundreds of animals brought to HIS each year by concerned owners, or rescued from street accidents by its large ambulance with a hydraulic lift. Some of the suffering, crippled and injured animals with no hope of recovery have to be humanely destroyed.
Animal Birth Control/Immunization
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) provides technical support for an Animal Birth Control (ABC) and Immunization program pioneered by Dr. Reece to create a friendly, stable, rabies-free street dog population in Jaipur. To date over 68,000 dogs have passed through the program and the incidence of human rabies in Jaipur has been reduced to zero for the past four years.
According to Dr. Reece, 71 percent of the city’s female dogs are now sterilized and 72 percent of the entire street dog population has been vaccinated against rabies. “Visitors to Jaipur report that our street dogs looks extremely healthy and friendly, sharply in contrast with other cities and towns of India where such programs are not yet in operation,” he says.


Animal Rescue and Rehoming
HIS also operates an Animal Rescue program that makes at least ten animal rescues a day. Dr. Mukesh, a clinical surgeon who works in the dispensary says this includes monkeys (often injured or burnt on power lines), birds such as peacocks, pigeons, and raptors, ponies and donkeys, pigs and camels, cattle, dogs, cats and even squirrels.
“We treat about 450 cases a month, from a small boy with a sick pet rabbit, to a village woman whose goat has mange, to a family in tears because the street dog living at their gate has been injured on the road,” says Mukesh. “Animals are held at the clinic for treatment and recovery as needed, after which they are returned to their owners, placed for adoption or put down if their injuries or illness cannot be cured.”

Funding and Donations
Timmie Kumar, HIS managing trustee says that caring after India’s animals is a never-ending endeavor. “We are making progress thanks to many dedicated and kind people, who help fund and provide our medical supplies, food and equipment. However, having the resources to keep going and growing is always a challenge. Unfortunately, the only thing that is not in short supply is the number of animals in need.”
HIS receives funding from various government agencies in India as well as donations from groups such as Humane Society International of the USA, Animaux Secours of France, the Marchig Trust and ELSU Foundation of Switzerland, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and Carpenter Trust of Great Britain.
HIS has organized an Adopt a Pet program, and also sells postcards of animals online as a means to raise funds. Donations from caring individuals are always welcome and can be made at www.his-india.in/ <http://www.his-india.in/>;   
Volunteer Vets
Help in Suffering gladly accepts experienced or newly qualified veterinary surgeons to assist with surgery, radiography, treatment or nursing care. The organization prefers a minimum stay of three months. Veterinary students are also welcome and will find plenty of opportunity for “hands on experience.”  
However, due to funding challenges, HIS requires volunteers to pay for their own transportation, accommodations and meals. Veterinary surgeons and veterinary students interested in volunteering should email Dr. Reece at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
“At HIS we gladly share duties and responsibilities to look after the animals in this part of the world,” says Dr. Reece.  “It is a labor of love. We get immense satisfaction from what we do, and enjoy a strong bond of friendship among ourselves in helping the animals of Jaipur.”     


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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 19, 2011) The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has awarded the Robert L. Kelly Memorial Scholarship to Rebecca Csomos, Ph.D., who is originally from Toledo, Ohio. A student at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Csomos receives $2,500 for her veterinary studies and interest in canine heart diseases.


“I was ecstatic and honored to receive the CHF scholarship,” said Dr. Csomos, who is using the scholarship to pay for her tuition at UPenn. “I adore purebred dogs and respect the mission of CHF. It is nice to have CHF support a rising VMD-Ph.D. who aspires to work in translational medicine for dogs.”


Dr. Csomos, who has always had a keen interest in scientific research, earned a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular pathology from the University of Michigan. While there, she primarily studied cell death signaling in cancer, the innate immune response, and the effects of copper on protein function. She is taking this background and now applying it to canine disease research.


“When I started vet school, I volunteered in the Cardiology department to help with enrollment for an ongoing study by Boehringer Ingelheim to assess the use of Pimobendan in Dobermans with asymptomatic dilated cardiomyopathy,” said Dr. Csomos. That volunteer work moved her to rescue a purebred Doberman named Euro, now three years old. “I love Dobermans and  

Cardiology. I hope to complete a residency in Cardiology and conduct clinical research to help advance our understanding and treatments for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Dobermans, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in Boxers and other cardiovascular diseases that afflict dogs.”


The Robert L. Kelly Memorial Scholarship is named for one of CHF’s founding directors and former American Kennel Club board member and is presented annually to students pursuing dual degrees in veterinary medicine and research.


CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information about the Foundation.


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About CHF

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established by the American Kennel Club in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Since its inception, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.


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