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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.

  • 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.

  • November 1, 2015

    The Laws That Oughta Be

    Read tips for navigating the legal aspects of drafting a TNR ordinance and bringing outdated laws up-to-date.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    In Sacramento, a Capital Idea

    Gina Knepp of the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California, works to keep homeless people and their pets together.

  • September 1, 2014

    The Power of Suggestion

    Learn how to harness the power of your workers' suggestions for improving shelter operations, without running off the track.

  • September 1, 2014

    Closed for Safety

    Sometimes the safest response to an infectious disease outbreak is to temporarily close your shelter. It's a difficult decsion, and one with the potential to generate negative publicity. But shelter veterinarians must make it a priority to protect the health of the animals as well as the public, and being transparent about your actions will ultimately build trust. Learn how to cope with an outbreak-and it's aftermath.

  • 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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