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  • January 1, 2009

    To Place or Not to Place?

    Households with children younger than 5 should not keep hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, hedgehogs, or other rodents, according to a report in the October 2008 issue (Vol. 122, No. 4) of Pediatrics.

  • January 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Some Pig!

    Consider the plight of potbellied pigs: Once a trendy novelty pet for the rich and famous, they now can be had for a song at local flea markets. And since they're sometimes sold small to people unprepared for the full-grown version, they might end up in your shelter.

  • November 1, 2008

    Creature Feature: Macaws for Alarm

    A case in Virginia highlights the need for responsible avian sanctuaries'and for better standards of care for the birds caught up in the pet trade.

  • November 1, 2008

    Field Trip: Red Lake Rosie's Rescue

    A few years ago, Karen Good was picking up every stray that crossed her path on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Northwestern Minnesota. It didn't take long, however, for her and a couple of kindred spirits to realize that it wasn't enough.

  • November 1, 2008

    Wild Things: Urban Crows

    Crows are thriving among us and tend to gather in large groups in urban areas. Be prepared for phone calls from people in your community who are frustrated by the messiness and noise that often occur around the birds' roosts.

  • November 1, 2008

    Still Not Making the Grade

    The decades-old battle continues against Class B dealers, the for-profit middlemen who sell shelter animals to research'and are notorious for treating them inhumanely.

  • September 1, 2008

    The Ties That Bond

    The American Humane Association has published a new booklet that explores the link between animal abuse and children's well-being.

  • September 1, 2008

    To the Rescue: An Eager Beaver Impeder? Hot Dam!

    Thanks to a device that prevents flooding caused by their building, the beavers of Mystic, Conn., won't face lethal trapping.

  • September 1, 2008

    Wild Things: Bats

    Our wildlife expert offers tips you can pass along to panicked homeowners dealing with bats frantically swooping around inside their home.

  • July 1, 2008

    Wild Things: Sparrows

    Sparrows often nest in inconvenient places around homes and take up residence in big retail stores. Our wildlife expert offers tips you can pass along to people who call your shelter with these common challenges.

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