Dr. Starr holds an hour-long discussion with the Houston Society for the Protection of Cruelty Against Animals. The Houston SPCA is featured nightly on the Animal Planet in “Animal Cops Houston.” Our guests include the: vice president of Shelter Services; manager of the Wildlife Education and Rehab Center; and the manager of Animal Behavior and Training.
Here are just a few of the issues we address on this show:
- How does the SPCA determine whether and which resources should be invested to save the life of an abused animal?
- How many vets do you have on staff to do this work?
- Do you have “volunteer” veterinary specialists on-call?
- What are the most frequent types of injuries that you see? Embedded collars? Broken limbs? Starvation?
- Dog’s often appear so amazingly resilient. Is it harder to save the life of a cat as compared to a dog?
- What if you discover other complications while dealing with an abused animal – for example, cancer? Will you/do you have the resources to start such lengthy treatment regimes?
- Do you have all the necessary the medical equipment needed in-house?
- Can you train a difficult dog or cat to be more adoptable?
- Are dogs more easily adopted than cats?
- How do you teach a cat to shake hands?
- What do kittens do in the SPCA’s kitten kindergarten?