External Facing Medical Care

To implement external-facing full service free, low cost, or crowd funded care for fostered, owned (at high risk of relinquishment), and found animals in the Tier 1 communities To develop a roadmap for “how” this can be duplicated in more communities.


Dr. Ellen Jefferson holding small tabby cat
Ellen Jefferson, DVM
Grey Silhouette of a Person
Kathleen Makolinski

Abbie Knudsen
Aimee St. Arnaud
Aleisha Swartz
Audrey Shoemaker
Belinda Bell
Chumkee Aziz, DVM, DABVP
Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVP
Ellen Jefferson, DVM
Emily Gelb
Erin Katribe, DVM, MS
Geraldine D’Silva
J.J. Rawlinson, DVM
Jenn Geibel
Jeremy Prupas, VMD
Jordana Moerbe
Kathleen Makolinski
Kelley Meyers, DVM
Kelly Bremken
Kim Van Syoc
Lauren Overman, DVM
Laurie Peek
Linda Jacobson
Lisa Labrecque, DVM
Maria Anselmo
Melissa Robinson
Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH
Nipuni Ratnayaka, DVM
Pam Runquist
Robert Murtaugh, DVM
Sadie Scott, DVM
Staci Kehir, DVM
Tanya Firmage
Teresa Johnson
Tiffany Bogart, DVM
Wendy Welling
Zarah Hedge, DVM, MPH


The External Facing Medical Care group is working on providing some easy short term deliverables that will help other organizations develop a process for triaging animals that need medical care or will be surrendered. This working group hopes to hold a summit or webinar to talk through these as well as share decision trees and rudimentary “how to” documents. The group is also discussing piloting a partnership with a veterinary corporation to prevent all medical surrenders. Stay tuned!

The External Facing Medical Care Working Group has created sub-groups; In-Shelter Support, Working with Partners, and Creating a New Model. The sub-groups are creating concise how-to’s to share with the tier shelters on how to implement each, depending on what the shelter and communities resources are. We are also waiting on data from Project 2 so we can help Tier 1 cities understand and plan to meet their goals for helping the public with full service medical care.

After a very productive 1st month of creating guiding principals, a mission statement, and inviting expert guest speakers, the group has created 3 subgroups that will focus on the three different types of medical care that can be provided: in shelter support, partnering with local clinics and NPO’s, and creating a new model.

No updates yet, check back soon.