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  • Tufts Animal Care and Condition Scales

    The Tufts Animal Care and Condition (TACC) Scales were developed in 1997 by Dr. Gary Patronek, with assistance from Lori Donley, MS '97, the Fort Wayne Dept. of Animal Care and Control, and the Law Enforcement Division of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help cruelty investigators and veterinarians assess cases of animal abuse or neglect that are primarily related to husbandry, as opposed to deliberate acts of cruelty.

  • Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium

    The site aims to bring together the work of HARC as well as credible resources from throughout the U.S. to help you better understand the phenomenon of animal hoarding, its impact on individuals and communities, and its sentinel role for elder abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, and adult self-neglect.

  • September 1, 2015

    Finding Common Ground

    “No-kill” seems like a definitive label, but is it really that clear-cut? Britney Wallesch, executive director of Black Dog Animal Rescue, reflects on how an experience with one dog changed her thinking on the term. In the large gray area of animal rescue, she writes, shelters and rescue groups need to put aside labels and judgments and unite for their common goals.

  • September 1, 2015

    A Photo Worth a Thousand Witnesses

    Done right, photos that capture a crime scene and the condition of abused animals can be vital to winning cruelty convictions. But documenting a crime scene isn’t as simple as snapping a few photos. Follow these guidelines to ensure your photographs help your case, and don’t hinder it.

  • September 1, 2015

    Gratuitous Gore

    An Alabama raid shows that the rural blood sport, Hog-dog fighting still exists.

  • July 1, 2015

    Cats and Community Coffers

    Commnity cats are thriving in Port Orange, Florida, thanks to a city-supported trap-neuter-return program.

  • July 1, 2015

    All Dogs Are Equal

    Scientists, animal control officers and even some insurance companies agree--physical appearance is no basis for dog discrimination. Recent studies are unraveling the faulty logic behind breed-specific legislation and turning breed prejudice on its (big, blocky) head.

  • May 1, 2015

    Loss Prevention

    A high-intake municipal shelter in South Los Angeles starts a pilot program that results in impressive numbers, spurring the creation of similar programs across the city and the interest o rescue groups across the country

  • May 1, 2015

    You're in the Lifesaving Business

    A rescue volunteer with a business background shares some best practices that also apply to the world of animal rescue, and describes how to bring a more professional approach to your group’s operations.

  • September 1, 2014

    Expecting the Unexpected

    Not everyone has a disaster plan in place. Learn how you can prepare to keep your animals one step ahead of trouble.

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