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  • July 1, 2003

    Dealing With a Wee Problem

    Litter box issues are high on the list of reasons for surrender of cats at shelters all over the country. But a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (Vol. 5, No. 4, 2002) should give hope to shelter workers tired of seeing cats relinquished for potty problems.

  • July 1, 2003

    Puppies Who Attend Kindergarten Are More Likely to Stay in Homes

    A recent study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed that puppies who attended humane society socialization classes when they were between 7 and 12 weeks old were more likely to stay in their homes than those who did not.

  • May 1, 2003

    Pet Project: Researchers Explore Cats’ Reactions to Being Petted

    A study at the Department of Psychology at New Zealand???s Massey University to determine cats??? responses to being petted.

  • January 1, 2003

    JAVMA Study Blames Selective Breeding and Inbreeding for OCD

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder in dogs and cats appears to be a genetic trait more common among certain breeds, and researchers find that only about one in ten dogs with OCD comes from an animal shelter.

  • November 1, 2002

    When Even the Best Efforts Fail

    Sometimes even the best pet parenting isn???t enough to help an independent-minded animal adjust to human society.

  • September 1, 2002

    Letting Go of Genie

    The work, time, and love the San Diego Humane Society's volunteers and trainers put into saving Genie -- a pit bull with a sweet nature but a tendency to bite when overstimulated -- made it all the more difficult to let her go.

  • July 1, 2002

    Feline Foibles or Human Misunderstandings?

    A behaviorist discusses how the findings of modern feline behavior research can help pet owners encourage friendships among their cats and acclimate them to unnatural human environments.

  • July 1, 2002

    Improving the Ounce of Prevention

     Report concludes veterinarians can do more to help clients with pet behavior problems.

  • January 1, 2002

    How to Set Up a Comfy Dog Kennel

    Here's how to provide your canine critters with the most basic of homes away from home: a cozy but no-frills stay that will help keep their bellies full, their minds active, and their bodies rested.

  • November 1, 2001

    “Help! My new cat is peeing outside his litter box!”

    Oregon Humane Society behavior/training specialist Tanya Roberts talks about the logistics of the behavior helpline program she set up in her shelter and its many successes. 

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