PHSGA welcomes Melisa Kauffman, DVM to their shelter

Pawsibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron welcomes Melisa Kauffman, DVM to their shelter. Dr. Kauffman brings strong experience in shelter medicine that will improve the level of care provided to almost 2,000 rescued animals annually. She graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 served as a member of the Shelter Medicine Committee of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association to develop education plans for the shelter medicine track at the Midwest Vet Conference held in Columbus annually. Dr. Kauffman has been rescued by a 3 year old Maine Coon Cat named Long John Silver (LJ).

"I am excited to care for the 2,000 animals we rescue that are abandoned, abused and neglected in Summit County. Our new medical surgical suite makes it possible for animals to get needed medical care, vaccinations and spay and neuter procedures so they can be ready for adoption as soon as possible."

In addition to her clinical practice Dr. Kauffman will contribute her professional skills to strengthening the organization's Continuous Quality Improvement Committee (CQI) comprised of shelter staff, board members and volunteers to monitor and to improve adoption rates and other animal welfare performance benchmarks. The goal is to provide the best care possible as defined by the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters proposed by The Association of Shelter Veterinarians. "The CQI Committee helps us rescue, heal and adopt more animals by paying attention to how we are serving animals and our communities. Dr. Kauffman's leadership will advance our commitment to do more and do it better," states Karen Hackenberry, Executive Director of Pawsibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron.

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