Shelter Medicine Now a Specialty and National Link Coalition on the Link Between Violence to Humans and Violence to Animals


Dr. Jeanette O’Quinn, associate Professor of Shelter Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio, notes that shelter medicine is in many ways very different compared to small animal private practice, and is now a specialty (same as veterinary cardiology or veterinary neurology, for example). O’Quinn notes there are now Guidelines for shelters from the Journal of Shelter Medicine and Community Animal Health.  And what distinguishes what a shelter med vet does compared to say a private practitioner. Dr. O’Quinn explains what confinement stress is for dogs, cats (and other animals) – and how that can happen at even the finest shelters. Why hiding spots are important in a shelter environment, even if that means the pet can’t be seen by the public how this opportunity is actually beneficial to support adoptions.

Also, discussed enrichment and having choices for animals at the shelter and how shelter medicine veterinarians support pet adoptions.

National Link Coalition

The National Link Coalition focuses on “the dark side of the human animal bond,” how if there is abuse in the home, the pet may be abused as well. Animal abuse hardly ever occurs in a vacuum. Heard HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio, Phil Arkow, a co-founder, of the non-profit coalition supported research years ago to demonstrate this link is real: Abuse and violence begets abuse and violence. An example is that mass murderers may practice violence on animals first, and too often law enforcement or the judiciary don’t pay attention to these red flags – even if it doesn’t lead to a mass shooting violence to animals will typically always lead to something.

Because of the advocacy of the National Link Coalition (and others) and  recognition of The Link SO many significant laws to protect animals and also people have been passed. However, continued support of the organization is imperative, so their work can continue not only to pass laws but also to support the academic research we need to demonstrate that we need these laws in the first place.

A new study regarding traveling with pets.