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  • May 1, 2012

    Beyond the Comfort Zone

    Shelters around the country accepted the ASPCA’s $100K Challenge in 2011, vying to save more lives and hoping to capture the top prize of $100,000. The winners surmounted major challenges to reach their goals. How did they do it?

  • May 1, 2012

    Mouthpieces: Adopters Are Our Heroes

    This installment of Mouthpieces celebrates adopters as superheroes and assures new pet parents that you will be there to support them as they and their pet adjust to life together.

  • May 1, 2012

    Q & A: How to Win Friends and Influence People (to Help Animals)

    In her new book, Caryn Ginsberg shows animal welfare advocates how to use social marketing to influence people to adopt a shelter pet, spay or neuter their animals, or switch to humane food products.

  • May 1, 2012

    Kits & Pits

    Nebulization therapy is presented as a possible treatment for cats with URI, while canine play groups are touted as a great way to both socialize and exercise shelter dogs.

  • May 1, 2012

    Shelter Medicine: Poison Control

    Cats are highly susceptible to toxic substances, a surprising number of which can be found in shelters and foster homes. Fortunately, a little education can help you protect the felines in your care.

  • March 1, 2012

    Q & A: Snapping to It

    Photographer Teresa Berg couldn’t stand the idea that dogs wouldn’t find homes simply because their online adoption pictures weren’t appealing. She set out to fix that.

  • March 1, 2012

    Scooping Up Savings

    Get the scoop on why staff at some shelters use and recommend wood stove pellets as filler for their feline residents’ litter boxes.

  • March 1, 2012

    Shooting the Small Fry

    Here are some quick tips on taking photographs that do justice to the unique personalities and charming good looks of the mice, hamsters, and other small animals available for adoption at your shelter.

  • March 1, 2012

    Behavior Department: A Gentle Kind of Cat Care

    Researcher Nadine Gourkow developed a unique scale to assess emotional states in shelter cats and confirmed that mental stimulation and gentling techniques both improve cats’ emotional well-being and reduce the incidence of URI.

  • March 1, 2012

    Saving an Erie Number of Cats

    Despite being located in one of the nation’s poorer regions, animal welfare organizations in Erie County, N. Y., have managed for the last several years to avoid euthanizing any healthy, adoptable felines. How are they doing it?

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