Lila Miller, DVM
The demand for better care has resulted in unprecedented interest and involvement of the veterinary community in shelter operations.
The Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians defines the human animal bond as the relationship between people, animals, and their environment.
Shelter medicine is specialized herd health medicine for small animals.
Animal abandonment and abuse are two of the darkest consequences of a failed human animal bond, both of which are defined as animal cruelty in most, if not all, states.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that there may be anywhere between 4-6,000 animal shelters in the United States.