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  • March 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: Hey, You! Yeah, I'm Talking to You.

    In this issue, Mouthpieces uses a little humor to help you promote some of the smaller creatures you may have for adoption, such as hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, and mice.

  • March 1, 2010

    Canine Influenza Virus: Fact or Fiction?

    Canine influenza virus, which first grabbed headlines in 2004, is back in the spotlight, thanks in part to the release of the first canine influenza vaccine. How concerned should shelters be? What preventive approaches should they take? Miranda Spindel, the ASPCA's director of veterinary outreach, helps separate fact from fiction.

  • January 1, 2010

    Better Options for Horses

    The HSUS has developed a list of resources for those looking for humane end-of-life options for their equine companions.

  • January 1, 2010

    On the Inside, Looking Out

    In 2005, inmates at San Quentin State Prison began working with dogs from a local shelter, helping to socialize and prepare the canines for new homes. It's not a unique program: Dozens of prisons around the country have teamed up with area shelters and rescue groups.

  • January 1, 2010

    Family Values for a Different Kind of Family

    The Wildlife Aid Brigade helps animal shelters and other agencies deal with wildlife-related calls by teaching their staff and volunteers how to handle the conflicts that arise when humans come face to face with the wild in their own yards and attics.

  • January 1, 2010

    A More Perfect Union

    The experts weigh in on how to help adopters find a suitable bunny companion for their pet rabbit.

  • January 1, 2010

    To the Rescue: Caws for Alarm

    A humane officer in California branches out to attempt a daring, aerial rescue to free a trapped bird.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Clicking with Shelter Cats

    Did you know that clickers can be used to benefit cats as well as dogs? A handful of volunteers, armed with clickers, fresh treats, and a few simple instructions, can reduce feline stress and bring shelter cats out of their shells.

  • November 1, 2009

    Hounding Shelters

    The tradition of hound hunting poses major problems for shelters in Virginia. Every year during'and especially after'hunting season, they are flooded with hounds who are either stray, abandoned, or relinquished by hunters who no longer want to take care of them.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Catnip Conundrum

    While the subject of catnip has provoked the occasional heated discussion on shelter listservs over the years, the experts interviewed for this story agreed that, for the majority of cats, there's nothing to ponder: Life is much more interesting with catnip.

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