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  • March 1, 2008

    What Happens After "Happily Ever After"?

    The Michigan Humane Society tracks animals beyond their fairytale endings, making for more successful matches, happier adopters, and more confident staff.

  • March 1, 2008

    Opening Up

    Inspired by a collection of essays in Animal Sheltering, a shelter staffer shares her organization's evolving perspective on adoptions.

  • March 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: What Placement Groups Say'and What Adopters Hear

    New adopters don't always understand the jargon counselors use when describing a dog's personality and behavior issues. Here's how to make sure your messages don't get lost in translation.

  • January 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Bad, Bad Cats Whatcha Gonna Do?

    A post-adoption survey helps the Animal Rescue League of Boston figure out how their adopted cats are getting on in their new homes.

  • November 1, 2007

    The Behavior Department: Preventing Pooch Problems

    Trainer and behaviorist Nan Arthur explains how new dog owners can help their pooches make a less stressful transition from the shelter to the home.

  • September 1, 2007

    The Behavior Department: Helping the Scaredycats

    Give cats a chance in their new homes by preparing adopters for reclusive getting-to-know-you behaviors.

  • September 1, 2007

    Cat Coupons and Dog Discounts

    The animal welfare field has long preached against "free to good home" newspaper ads used by backyard breeders. But what if such consumer-savvy promotions were used to advertise adoptable shelter pets?

  • September 1, 2007

    Judgment Calls

    Interactions between the adoption counselor and the potential adopter are always charged with uncertainty. We present essays from both sides of the counter.

  • September 1, 2007

    The 101 Department: Find Your Target Audience

    You probably have a sign in front of your shelter that tells visitors they've come to the right place. But how easily can people find your organization on the Web? Learn how to help pet-seeking people find your site.

  • July 1, 2007

    The Price is Right?

    Aiming to increase revenue and highlight overlooked animals, many organizations raise adoption fees on their most popular pets. We talk to organizations that have tested the waters.

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