National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

Next week, November 6th to 12th, is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week.  The Humane Society of America estimates that there are 3,500 animal shelters in the United States that serve between 6 and 8 million homeless animals a year.  These numbers don’t include the animals helped by unaffiliated rescue groups.   At Pet Camp…

November 4, 2016

“Kennels” and “Kennel Cough”

For far too long, Bordetella and other upper respiratory illnesses that afflict dogs have been referred to as “kennel cough.”  Those of us in the pet care industry have long tried to change that vernacular, sadly to little avail.  For those needing some quick background information, Bordetella is an airborne bacteria that dogs can catch…

October 31, 2016

“No-Kill” versus “Kill Shelters”

Let’s start with two disclaimers for this blog: For many years I was on the Board of Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control.  This non-profit organization raises money for San Francisco’s animal shelter to fund the things that the City’s budget doesn’t fund.  I watched for many years as the managers and staff…

October 18, 2016