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  • November 1, 2011

    Lives on the Line

    Every day, animal control officers face unpredictable situations with limited knowledge, stepping onto unknown turf where they may encounter a dangerous animal or -- more likely -- an angry member of the public. What can they do to protect themselves?

  • November 1, 2011

    Coffee Break: Best Approach to Adoptions

    In your space, you told us what you think is the best approach to adoptions. A free-for-all? A careful, detailed screening? Many of you thought the answer was somewhere in the middle.

  • November 1, 2011

    Off Leash: Reclaiming the Christmas Puppy

    The Ottawa Humane Society has rediscovered the joys of the Santa-delivered pet.

  • September 1, 2011

    For Goodness' Snake

    Many snake owners fall in love with the small creatures they see in the pet store but are unprepared to care for the adults. Our guide will help you adequately care for and house the snakes that end up in your charge.

  • July 1, 2011

    Puncturing the Puppy Mill Pipeline

    Meet Pam Sordyl, an indefatigable animal advocate who has singlehandedly built a 360-person volunteer corps that hits the abusive puppy mill industry where it hurts most???in its wallet.

  • July 1, 2011

    Behavior Department: Kitty in Their Hands

    Fledgling fosterers have a lot to learn before embarking on their first kitty-mentoring adventure. In this article, veteran fosterers offer their advice -- and their practical knowledge and experiences are worth their weight in kitten chow.

  • July 1, 2011

    The ASV Guidelines in Real Life

    The Austin Humane Society is one of several shelters that have started a hand-feeding, enrichment, and training program for adoptable dogs. The results are easy to see: a kennel that's a pleasant environment for both people and pets.

  • July 1, 2011

    Here for a Reason

    The story of an Oklahoma puppy who lived through euthanasia, had his story publicized on Facebook, and went on to get adoption applications from as far away as France captures the bittersweet complexity of dramatic survival stories.

  • July 1, 2011

    Humane Law Forum: After the Adoption

    What happens when an enraged adopter tells you that the dog who came to you as a stray, and behaved himself so beautifully at the shelter, has bitten a neighbor without provocation? Is your shelter legally responsible?

  • July 1, 2011

    A New Day for Fight-Bust Dogs

    Not too long ago, dogs seized from dogfighting rings were assumed to be too dangerous to place. The Michael Vick case and its ensuing media coverage of rehabilitated pit bulls served as a wake-up call that better options exist for these dogs.

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