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Animal Shelter Policy, Procedure, and Understanding of Ringworm in Cats

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians was surveyed in the past few years and reported ringworm to be one of the top health concerns for cats in their facilities. Due to its high contagiousness and zoonotic potential, a ringworm infection could greatly hinder a cat’s chance at adoption. With the support of American Humane, this study revealed that while shelter veterinarians are very concerned about ringworm, volunteers and staff are less concerned – perhaps resulting from lack of training and training materials. The results are immediately applicable to shelters and positioned to save the lives of many cats. Cats should be screened for ringworm on entrance to the shelter, volunteers and staff should be trained on how to prevent and treat ringworm, policies and procedures for infectious diseases need to be developed and followed, and manuals need to be accessible, read and used.

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