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  • Tools for Humane Discourse Within the Animal Welfare Community

    This toolkit is designed to encourage collaboration and cooperation among members of the animal welfare community.

  • March 1, 2014

    Better Together

    Mission focus has driven some shelters to combine efforts and resources. From groups that have a productive history to those who were once at odds, animal welfare organizations are learning that they're often stronger when they unite. Though mergers are a complex undertaking, there are several key strategies that can help ease the transition and increase the likelihood of long-term success.

  • September 1, 2013

    Don't Believe Everything You Think

    When we don't know the whole truth about a situation, we often assume the worst and end up believing our assumptions to be reality. However, we can do emotional harm to ourselves simply by creating such false tragedy.

  • July 1, 2013

    You Make Things Better for Animals ...

    Complaining may feel good, but it often doesn’t improve a situation and can be a major drag on those around you. Fortunately, each of us has the power to change our thinking and behavior, making a better environment for all.

  • July 1, 2013

    You Make Things Better for Animals ...

    Complaining may feel good, but it often doesn’t improve a situation and can be a major drag on those around you. Fortunately, each of us has the power to change our thinking and behavior, making a better environment for all.

  • July 1, 2013

    The Road to Zero

    Peter Marsh’s latest book questions conventional wisdom in the sheltering world and presents data-driven strategies for eliminating shelter overpopulation.

  • May 1, 2013

    All Aboard the Train(ing)

    Everyone makes mistakes, but in a shelter, mistakes can cost lives. Find out how an employee survey helped one shelter develop an employee training plan to allow its staff to succeed on the job and avoid much-feared errors.

  • May 1, 2013

    Surviving a Sea Change

    Twenty-odd years after the publication of Ed Duvin’s “In the Name of Mercy,” an essay often credited for sparking the no-kill movement, animal welfare leaders reflect on how the field has changed—and changed them.

  • May 1, 2013

    Changing Your View

    Working in animal welfare, you’re guaranteed to encounter situations that push your buttons, but practicing these simple techniques can help you find healthier ways to deal with anger.

  • March 1, 2013

    Success in San Antonio

    San Antonio Animal Care Services increased its live-release rate from a meager 10 percent in 2006 to 61 percent in 2012. Find out how the shelter orchestrated this remarkable turnaround!

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