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  • North Carolina Accident Highlights Concerns About Carbon Monoxide Euthanasia

    An electrical malfunction in an animal shelter's carbon monoxide gas euthanasia chamber further supports that euthanasia by injection, when properly performed, has been found to be the most humane, safest, least stressful, and most professional choice.

  • November 1, 2014

    Bashing the Gas

    The Humane Society of the United States helps shelters across the country ditch the gas chamber.

  • September 1, 2014

    A Good Man in a Hard Job

    A career spent ensuring softer departures for animals, and helping animal welfare workers cope.

  • September 1, 2012

    What Now?

    When people relinquish a pet, they often ask what will happen to the animal. Here is a thoughtful look at how shelter staff might answer questions about the fate of surrendered animals and possibly prevent those animals from being relinquished.

  • July 1, 2011

    Q & A: Battling Shelter Overpopulation—by the Numbers

    Author Peter Marsh says it's time for animal shelters to work smarter in the battle against overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia by using a data-driven approach to effectively target their programs.

  • January 1, 2010

    Dealing with Death

    A survey of animal shelter employees from 62 shelters in the United States identified coping strategies that euthanasia technicians recommend for dealing with euthanasia-related strain.

  • 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.

  • November 1, 2009

    People Care Starts with You

    Shelter staff experience a stressor that those in other helping professions do not: Some are asked to end the lives of the very creatures they have saved and nurtured. It's little wonder that the stress can reach a boiling point'but there are ways to cope.

  • July 1, 2009

    Saving Lives in the Gulf Coast

    A groundbreaking spay/neuter initiative spells hope for homeless animals nationwide.

  • January 1, 2008

    What is a Good Death?

    While communities across the country work to reduce euthanasia rates, some shelters struggle with a more fundamental issue: ending the use of the carbon monoxide chamber.

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