Shepherd Specialty Papers produces high-quality bedding and enrichment products for the lab animal industry.


Shepherd’s ALPHA-dri, made from alpha cellulose, is a loose animal bedding of exceptional absorbency and precisely defined composition.

Shepherd’s™ ALPHA-dri® is a virtually dustless, highly absorbent bedding made of pure virgin paper cellulose.


Shepherd’s Specialty Blend

 Not only is the Specialty Blend exceptionally absorbent, the dissimilar materials allows the bedding to effectively stay drier, a requirement to reduce ammonia. The end result of lower ammonia levels mean that cage changes can be extended even for micro-isolation caging, creating a tremendous material and labor cost savings.

Shepherd Specialty Blend is a combination of ALPHA-dri® and Shepherd’s™ Cob that offers the benefits of both products and provides a high level of ammonia control.

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ALPHA-dri® + PLUS™

Eliminate the additional cost for adding nesting materials to the cage. ALPHA-dri® + PLUS™ combines both bedding and nesting materials all in one. Mini-rolls of multi-layered virgin paper cut into short lengths are added to give the animals nesting material which enhances their

nest building instincts.

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PAPERCHIP is manufactured primarily from used newspapers and is the result of years of extensive lab testing. It is available in two different textures, each available in 35-pound autoclavable paper bags.

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Cage and Pan Liners

Shepherd Specialty Papers offers a large selection of cage and pan liners in the industry for non-contact applications.  Please call for custom sizes. 

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