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  • 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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 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

    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

    Behavior Department: 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • January 1, 2011

    The "101" Department: 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.

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