Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Shelter Me

A favor:

Daughter is doing a project for her Statistics class and has decided on tracking rates of FIV infection in cats in shelters throughout the United States. If you work at a shelter or know someone who does, could you get in touch with me? This is anonymous, we're not finger-pointing, she'd just love to create as thorough a project as possible.

Thank you!


Anonymous Robin Raven said...

I have volunteered in a few different cities, but I don't have access to that at any of the shelters. Hm. I will contact some friends and point them to your blog entry to see if they can help. One thing I did find when googling one of the shelters to see if they had their stats or contact info up, is that lions get it, too? I guess that makes sense, but I didn't know that.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I also do not have access to that sort of info, but a thought: if she contacts the NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, they might have helpful data (specifically, their Section of Epidemiology. Dr. Janet Scarlett, who is a member of that department, specializes in felines, but Dr. Hollis Erb or really any of the staff could be helpful).

Of course, I suggest Cornell because I live in upstate NY. There certainly might be veterinary colleges muuuuuch closer to your neck of the woods that also have an epidemiologist or two that could be useful.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Following up on my previous comment, the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis could be a resource... (as an example of a place closer to you.)

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure this is inappropriate in the social network realm, but I didn't know where else to post this. I am just finishing your book "The Year of Living Dangerously", and wanted to respond. I have homeschooled for 22 years now, and have shared every single one of your fears, and have snorkled through all the homeschool waters you have been exploring. I wanted to let you know that my first 4 kids, who are all grown and gone, all turned out great, even with my mismatched, ecclectic way of schooling them. I was a homebirth midwife through those years, so I look back and wonder "What the hell was I thinking?", but Imade it work! The first 4 grew up to be; An engineer, a master's degree in cultural foundations of education, a massage therapist, and a chef. I also have 2 later-in-life kids who are doing wonderfully well with our "sort of unschooled" mismatched way of learning. Most importantly of all, I can see how they live their lives in a 'head-on' way. Life is a joy, a challenge, a gift to be tackled and savored, never to be taken for granted. There is so much more I wish I could tell you, but in the interest of space I will just say....Your daughter is lucky to have you as her mom; engaged, in love, willing to be transparent....she came into this world as herself...she's lucky to have parents who are allowing her the space to develop that self.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Leta said...

I listen to "The Animal House" (a weekly discussion that explores the latest in animal science, pet behavior, and wildlife conservation) on WAMU (Wash, DC).

One of the co-hosts is Dr. Gary Weitzman, formerly of the Washington Animal Rescue League and current President & CEO of the San Diego Humane Society.

You might try the "contact us" link on the show's home page.

The show is great, by the way, and available by podcast. I think you and daughter would enjoy it.

10:40 AM  

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