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  • 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

    The People's Power

    Shelters are rightly centered on caring for their animals. But according to Steven Rogelberg, who heads the Shelter Diagnostic System, if you want your organization to be more effective, you have to bring the staff needs into focus as well.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • January 1, 2012

    Tipping the Scales: Getting Fat Cats Up and Out

    Three shelters share their strategies for getting tubby cats adopted into loving homes.

  • January 1, 2012

    How to Save a Life—or Maybe 300

    With a top prize of $100,000 at stake, the ASPCA’s $100K Challenge sparked a friendly competition between two animal welfare organizations in Washington, D.C.—and others around the country.

  • January 1, 2012

    Turbocharging Pit Bull Adoptions

    The executive director of Animal Farm Foundation offers tips on increasing pit bull adoptions by showcasing these wonderful dogs at popular local events.

  • November 1, 2011

    The ASV Guidelines in Real Life: The Foster On-Deck System

    This system developed by the Animal Rescue League of Boston allows for the immediate transfer of young kittens to their foster families—while still making sure they get the necessary screenings and care.

  • November 1, 2011

    Value Added

    A veterinarian explains “social value,” and how to quantify the results of sheltering and animal welfare programs to public officials who make spending decisions, or to those outside the sheltering sphere.

  • 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.

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