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  • July 1, 2015

    Southern Success

    Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Mississippi has modest resources and a huge service area. (sound familiar?) But by reaching out to its community with a diverse range of programs and improvements, the shelter has created a culture of adoption that's sent intakes plummeting and live releases soaring.

  • July 1, 2015

    Body Doubles

    At the Massachusetts SPCA at Nevins Farm, shy cats can relax while their photo cutouts charm potential adopters.

  • July 1, 2015

    Acts of Providence

    Through the Pets for Life approach, the Providence Animal Rescue League brings warmth to the streets.

  • July 1, 2015

    Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself (and Your Work)

    The Human Animal session at Animal Care Expo gave some shelter leaders time on the couch with a "therapist" to explore judgements they'd made in the past, and how judgements may be hurting our communities now.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Bad to the Bone

    A clever blog, YouTube video and graphics spoofing creepy TV shows and horror movies brought Eddie the Terrible worldwide attention--and eventually a loving home.

  • January 1, 2015

    Who Let the Dogs Out?

    Todd Cramer of PetSmart Charities urges shelters to skip the rigid adoption criteria, focusing instead on a conversation to determine how a potential match might work.

  • January 1, 2015

    The Third Degree

    Even the most well-meaning staff can sometimes come across more like interrogators than partners when speaking with would-be adopter. Is your adoption form turning up the heat on qualified candidates?

  • November 1, 2014

    Saved in a Snap

    Lori Fusaro was inspired by her own dogs to use her photography skills to get potential adopters to take a second look at older dogs.

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