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Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell                                                          

Shelter Medicine: The Past, Present and Future of Saving Animals' Lives

In the 1970's there was no such thing as shelter medicine. Most animals entering a shelter did not leave them alive. Today, the field of shelter medicine has come a long way.  It is now a recognized specialty of veterinary practice and many animal shelters are working with shelter medicine programs and veterinarians to save upwards of 90 percent of the animals they take in.  This short documentary film that Maddie's Fund® has put together illustrates this era of remarkable transition and the role they've played in the journey, as well as, what the future holds for shelters, shelter veterinarians and the animals whose lives are in their care.



Why Shelter Medicine?

More than 4,500 animal shelters in the United States care for over 10 million dogs and cats annually. Infectious diseases are common. Animals entering shelters are stressed, enhancing their vulnerability to disease and many are debilitated, either because of injury or disease. The young are particularly susceptible to acquiring infectious diseases, often resulting in death. Illness in both traditional and adoption-guarantee shelters delays adoption and causes suffering.



Why Donate?
As a new discipline in veterinary medicine, the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program is funded primarily through grants and donations. We need your support to provide direct care to homeless animals during our training of veterinary students and graduate veterinarians in shelter medicine.  Please help us sustain this life-saving program.

2014-2015 ASPCA Student Externship Grant Award
Veterinary students are encouraged to apply for one of the ASPCA Externship grants.  The ASPCA will provide grants of up to $500/week, for a maximum of two weeks, to assist with travel and housing expenses, to enable veterinary students to complete externships at shelters and humane organizations.  It is anticipated that there will be 3-4 grant opportunities available per year. {more details}

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As one of only a handful of comprehensive shelter medical programs at veterinary colleges in the United States, the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell is elevating the profile of shelter medicine and emphasizing the critical need for medical and behavioral programs in all shelters.



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In September 2005 the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, with support from Maddie’s Fund, launched a Shelter Medicine Program to educate veterinarians and veterinary students in shelter medicine, to provide medical and behavioral outreach to animal shelters and to advance the new discipline through the discovery of new knowledge.

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With sincere gratitude and thanks to Maddie’s®  Fund, the Rescue Pet Foundation, for establishing  the Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. 

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