Dr. Gary Patronek, VMD, PhD, director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University, suggests making yourself
aware of the various re-homing groups in your community, though he cautions against referring to groups before screening their
work. In his area, a veterinarian could use the services of 40 to 50 regional breed groups. "There are networks of foster
homes," he explains. "It's like a loose sponge, an unorganized network of grass roots organizations and individuals. It calls
for more effort on the part of veterinarians."
What Works for Dr. Brian Forsgren
As Dr. Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, director of the Maddie's Shelter Medicine program at Cornell University, puts it, "We live
in communities, and veterinarians have an obligation to the larger community."
Dr. Forsgren agrees: "We're not here just to make money or to have our egos fed," he says. "We're here for a reason. All that
self-worth stuff that our generation believed in—well, some of us still think about that."
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