Guidelines on animal care at pet shelters released

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In response to the influx of animals arriving at shelters after Hurricane Katrina, the AVMA and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released "Interim Guidelines for Animal Health and Control of Disease Transmission in Pet Shelters."

The recommendations are meant to help improve animal health and reduce the risk of disease transmission and injury between animals and those caring for them. They were primarily developed to meet the needs of shelters housing animals affected by the hurricane, as other shelters may not have the same disease risks.

The recommendations are available online and will be expanded and updated as more information becomes available.