UC Davis Receives $100,000 for Shelter Program

Grant from ASPCA will help save more animals and minimize stress of shelter staff.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently gave a $100,000 grant to the Center for Companion Animal Health at the University of California, Davis.

The money is specifically for the Koret Shelter Medicine Program, which was established to advance shelter medicine as a veterinary specialty through clinical studies, specialty training, and education, and performance of veterinary service in animal shelters. The program also aims to elevate the quality of life of animals in shelters through improvements in veterinary preventive medicine and management of disease.

With the grant, which will be annually renewable for the next three years, the program will be able to hire a shelter medicine veterinary specialist.

“The ASPCA’s generous grant will enable us to further our reach and scientific knowledge, as well as combine that knowledge with the long history of leadership and professional resources that the ASPCA offers,” said Kate Hurley, DVM, director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program. “The benefits are that more animals will be saved, shelter staff will be less stressed, and shelters will save money.”

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