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  • 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.

  • May 1, 2011

    Common Tools for a Common Mission

    Review highlights from a session presented at a recent SAWA conference that focused on useful tools that shelters sometimes overlook, including grant opportunities, participation in research studies, and adoption tools.

  • March 1, 2011

    Off Leash: You Deserve a Break Today

    Lunch breaks aren't just for humans at one Wisconsin shelter where staff members pair up with dogs to give the pups extra attention, treats, and time outside the kennel.

  • March 1, 2011

    Back to Basics: Shelter Cat Enrichment

    For felines who are stressed by life in the shelter, one cat behavior specialist advocates "behavioral CPR," using interactive play sessions to bring back cats who sit frozen in their cage or litter box, unresponsive to visitors.

  • March 1, 2011

    Humane Law Forum: Avoiding Adopter Roulette

    Does a shelter have the right to reclaim an adopted animal if the adopter violates the adoption agreement by giving the animal away? Our expert sorts through the basics of contract law to answer this question.

  • March 1, 2011

    Coffee Break: Longest Distance Traveled to Adopt or Reclaim an Animal

    In your space, you told us about the incredible journeys people have made to adopt an animal or reclaim a furry family member from your organization.

  • January 1, 2011

    To the Rescue: Late for Dinner … Luckily

    A bizarre cruelty case leads to a new home for New York's "marinated" cat.

  • January 1, 2011

    Can You Hear Me Now?

    Are howls and woofs the inevitable soundtrack at a shelter? Not necessarily. You can turn down the volume through a variety of methods, from innovative design or retrofitting to clicker training and enrichment programs.

  • November 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: Who's More Likely to Succeed?

    This installment of Mouthpieces is designed to help you encourage potential adopters to take a second look at your often overlooked black cats and dogs.

  • November 1, 2010

    The "101" Department: Rehab Project

    The hard work of turning puppy mill dogs into pets yields extraordinary rewards for shelters and adopters.

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