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Your gifts help save lives. Intake cat pathogen prevalence and shelter URI incidence rates Pathogen prevalence is shown in Table 4. Table 5. Pathogen prevalence in cats at intake and shelter URI incidence rate. Discussion This study demonstrated that, although periodic introduction of pathogens into shelter populations may be inevitable, disease resulting from those pathogens is not.

Fig 2. Fig 3. Single-cage housing unit ft 2 0. Fig 4. Study limitations Although each shelter used an internally consistent case definition for URI, a universal case definition could not be imposed. Conclusions URI is not an inevitable consequence of sheltering homeless cats. Supporting information. S1 Doc. Shelter URI criteria. S1 Survey link. References 1. Foley JE. Infectious diseases of dogs and cats. In: Miller L, Zawistowski S, editors.

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Aerosol transmission of feline caliciviruses. An assessment of its epidemiological importance. Br Vet J. Transmission of feline viral rhinotracheitis. Babbit J. In: Hurley K, editor. And has a good chance of being killed. What a lucky break. The book is beautifully designed and beautifully written. It is a series of one page stories about some of the animals at a California animal shelter, interspersed with essays about managing homeless animals. There is some graphic and grisly information, particularly in the section called "In the Arms of a Stranger", on page After reading that, look at the photo on page Some of the stories have happy endings.

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Many don't. What is the difference between those who were adopted and those who were not? Very little, in many cases. Sheer luck. So happy this book was written. Feb 04, Louzilla rated it it was amazing. Most people think of animal shelters as safe havens for companion animals, and some don't even know that buying from pet stores or breeders is wrong, but this book does a wonderful job of showing the heartbreaking reality and bringing to light the major problems of pet overpopulation we face in our society. By giving names and faces to individual animals who come to the shelter, even if they are going straight to the euthanasia room, the authors show us identifiable lives rather than just statis Most people think of animal shelters as safe havens for companion animals, and some don't even know that buying from pet stores or breeders is wrong, but this book does a wonderful job of showing the heartbreaking reality and bringing to light the major problems of pet overpopulation we face in our society.

By giving names and faces to individual animals who come to the shelter, even if they are going straight to the euthanasia room, the authors show us identifiable lives rather than just statistical yet back them up with facts and statistics true of shelters nationwide to give the best view of the issues and how to help. Heartbreaking and informative, all I could think as I was reading the book was it doesn't have to be this way.

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Highly recommend to people who don't understand why purchasing pets is wrong, as well as those familiar with the issues who just want a closer look. Dec 01, Peacegal rated it really liked it. One at a Time attempts to correct this by profiling all of the cats and dogs who pass through a single animal shelter over the course of a week.

As one can imagine, not all of the stories have happy endings, and the reader is forced to ponder the consequences of not placing ID tags on pets and allowing animals to have litters. It's not the fault of the sheltering system; ending the destruction of healthy and adoptable pets requires a community effort and commitment, but it's worth it!

I really doubt anyone will close this book and not be convinced of the need to spay and neuter and adopt pets from animal shelters. Apr 28, Aspasia rated it really liked it Shelves: animals , non-fiction. The authors spent a week at a typical animal shelter in northern California. They met an assortment of animals: ferals, strays, owner turnins, puppies, kittens, etc. The book features a collection of photographs and short bios of some of the animals. Some of the stories have a happy ending and some do not. A sad book overall but what really grabs your attention is the photo of the euthanized animals in the gallon drums.

Maybe if more people saw that in person they wouldn't be so quick to turn The authors spent a week at a typical animal shelter in northern California. Maybe if more people saw that in person they wouldn't be so quick to turn in their animals Jul 20, Jill rated it really liked it Shelves: animal-rescue. Everyone should read this book. I feel it gives a very accurate portrayal of how the average open-admission shelter operates.

Sure some may get more animals, or fewer animals, some may have ties with no-kill shelters, or foster resources It was difficult to get through, but I feel better for having perservered. We owe it to these animals to see the good, bad and ugly truths. Apr 23, Christy rated it it was amazing.

If I could give this 6 stars I would. If you have a pet, want a pet, or are concerned with the abundance of homeless pets in our society you should read this book. Yes, it is sad, but it is also very compelling on how to keep your own pets safe, how to pick out pets and finally how to possibly help society to help the homeless animals and keep them from becoming homeless.

Wonderful book - if you have any compassion for animals at all, you will be touched. I also feel like it is a truthful, realistic account of what really happens in an animal shelter I'm a volunteer at one. We need to get the kind of information that this book gives out to the general public! Mar 06, Jodi rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , animal-rescue , animal-human-interaction , animal-book. This book is phenomenal in the way in the simple way it conveys the vital message of the problems of animal shelters in America.

I believe it should be read by anyone who has decision-making capacity in the funding of animal shelters, as well as shelter volunteers and workers. Jan 17, Sue rated it it was amazing. Inspiring, heartbreaking and an important read for all animal lovers! Sure makes me proud that our house is populated with rescued animals!! Sep 06, Lunar Snowflake rated it it was amazing Shelves: crazy-dog-lady , non-fiction , my-bleeding-heart. Should be mandatory reading for all pet owners!!!! Sep 30, Betty rated it it was amazing. Mar 30, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: adult-nonfiction , animals.

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A well written, well researched expose on the lives of shelter animals. It's a sad one, but, hopefully, will make people realize they need to be more responsible owners. Aug 27, Angel rated it really liked it. Beautiful, broken and perfect. Jul 13, Jen rated it it was amazing. Please read if you enjoy crying uncontrollably. Rebecca Lyons rated it it was amazing Aug 26,