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Veterinary practices, animal shelters and rescue organizations may face their own unique challenges, but they have one thing in common: the desire to see positive outcomes in the treatment and welfare of animals. 

For years, shelters and veterinarians have often operated independently with very little collaboration. Now, Catalyst Connection is helping to bridge that gap and develop a sense of community for the betterment of animals. 

If you're interested in developing a strong shelter-veterinary relationship in your community, check out our Catalyst Connection: Forever Homes Forever Health toolkit! It contains materials that were created to assist and guide you as you begin a connection or grow the one you already have. You can download the individual toolkit components below or order a larger customized quantity of any of the resources by emailing us

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Toolkit Guide
An overview of each component of the Catalyst Connection Toolkit.  Find out briefly how each of the materials below can help you develop a valuable partnership and encourage pet owners to take proper care of their pets.

Educational Materials
Backgrounder
An overview of Catalyst Connection that includes important information on the reasons behind the initiative and ways it can benefit your facility and community.
Truth in Numbers
A detailed look into the current trends that surround pet ownership and how they affect animal shelters and veterinary clinics.
Reasons for Your Clinic to Participate
What your practice can gain through participation in the Catalyst Connection--more clients, improved care for the pets in your community and a decreased number of owner relinquishments to your local animal care and control agency.
Reasons for Your Shelter to Participate
What your shelter or rescue organization can gain through participation in the Catalyst Connection-improved client education, better care for pets after adoption and fewer relinquishments after adoption.
Examples of Successful Partnerships
Samples of other partnerships that have already seen success from working together in their communities
Terminology Guide
A list of outdated terms along with some friendly alternatives.
Resource Guide
Educational resources to help strengthen partnerships

Partnership Materials
3 Steps to Getting Started
A step-by-step guide to contacting other facilities in your area and beginning a conversation about working together toward a common goal.
Letter/Email Templates
These templates provide suggestions on how to craft a letter or email to another facility inviting them to meet and discuss the possibility of teaming up.
Letter From Shelter
Letter From Practice
Memorandum of Agreement
A template for you and another facility to use when creating a written agreement pertaining to the structure of your partnership and your commitment to specified goals.

Pet Owner Materials
Pet Owner Guides
These guides will help new owners get off to a good start when first adopting their pet.  They educate owners on everything from the first night with their new pet to the importance of proper veterinary care.
Pet Owner Guide for Cats
Pet Owner Guide for Dogs
Complimentary Exam Voucher
This voucher entitles the owner to one complimentary veterinary exam for their new pet. This will help ensure that the pet receives medical care shortly after being adopted and helps instill healthy habits from the start.
Complimentary Health Exam Certificate
The chosen veterinarian completes this certificate after the first exam with basic information on the health of the new pet.

Cat and Dog Health Tracker Forms
These forms help owners stay aware and up-to-date on veterinary visits, vaccinations and diagnostic tests.
Health Tracker for Cats
Health Tracker for Dogs




Other Resources
Other resources for communities looking to strengthen the bond between shelters and veterinary practices in their area.  


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