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  • September 1, 2006

    The Context of Cruelty

    Sociologist Arnold Arluke discusses his book, Just a Dog, and asks us to examine how we define and contextualize animal cruelty.

  • September 1, 2006

    How Much is That Doggie In the Window Suffering?

    You may not have puppy mills next door, but shelters and rescues all over the country take in animals whose lives began in the shadows of these mass-breeding facilities. Find out how you can help shut them down'by learning from shelters that have targeted puppy mills for violations of animal welfare standards.

  • September 1, 2006

    Becoming a Foster Parent: Are You Ready?

    Shelters regularly receive inquiries from people who want to foster animals, but the job requires more than just good intentions. In this feature designed for volunteers and potential foster parents, a longtime fosterer provides tips to those interested in becoming temporary caregivers for homeless pets.

  • August 1, 2006

    Dogfighting Investigations: Where We Stand

    State by state, city by city, the humane movement has made progress in combating dogfighting, but we have a long way to go before ending the crime that brutalizes thousands of pit bulls and other breeds every year. This feature section provides a look at the state of dogfighting in the United States, offers tips on working with police to investigate and prosecute dogfighters, and outlines the additional care that former fighting dogs require in the shelter.

  • July 1, 2006

    Cataloging Cruelty

    Alison Gianotto started a one-of-a-kind database that helps animal control officers'and others in the animal welfare community'track offenders and fight cruelty.

  • July 1, 2006

    Avian Flu: Making a Plan

    News about avian flu and other potential pandemic diseases have whole governments worried about what long-term absenteeism might do to businesses and to the global economy. But for workplaces like police departments, hospitals, and animal shelters, where people provide care and vital services to living creatures, finding answers to the questions is even more critical.

  • July 1, 2006

    Fighting the Bad Fights

    Passing legislation to increase the penalties for animal fighting.

  • May 1, 2006

    New Documentary Puts Dogfighting Where it Belongs: In a Harsh Spotlight

    Off the Chain, a new documentary, gives a powerful glimpse into the underground world of pit bull fighting.

  • May 1, 2006

    Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bird-Flu?

    The history of avian influenza is both frightening and fascinating. While the majority of the U.S. population is focused on the worst-case scenario'that the virus will mutate in a way that allows it to spread easily from human to human, causing a global pandemic'those involved in animal protection have reason for concern about even a milder outbreak.

  • May 1, 2006

    Breed-Specific Laws in California

    California allows certain breed-specific laws.

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