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  • September 1, 2008

    Field Trip: Give a Dog a Bone

    Corinne Dowling, a volunteer with San Francisco Animal Care and Control, started Give a Dog a Bone with the goal of improving the quality of life for the 300-400 dogs who end up in municipal protective custody each year.

  • September 1, 2008

    Creature Feature: Running with the Rat Pack

    Rats have been feared and loathed for as long as humans have shared the planet with them, but the domestic rats at your shelter can be spared an unjust reputation with a few factoids and a bit of good PR.

  • July 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Helping Family Cats Be Friends

    Conflicts can crop up in multicat homes, causing the animals undue stress and health problems. But dissension can be minimized without calling the kitty shrink.

  • July 1, 2008

    Wild Things: Sparrows

    Sparrows often nest in inconvenient places around homes and take up residence in big retail stores. Our wildlife expert offers tips you can pass along to people who call your shelter with these common challenges.

  • July 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Matter of Measurement

    The questions seem simple enough: How much space do you have in your shelter, and how much do you need? But Dr. Kate Hurley explores how the equation gets complicated by various factors.

  • May 1, 2008

    Creature Feature: Flight Risk

    Collisions with window glass kill a staggering number of birds each year in the U.S. alone. But some simple changes, such as turning off building lights at night, can decrease the fatalities.

  • May 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Sick to Death

    Dr. Kate Hurley suggests shelter operators learn as much about crowding as they can in order to navigate its tricky intersection with animal welfare and shelter population management.

  • May 1, 2008

    Rabbits Count -- So Count Rabbits

    When PetSmart announced that it would begin test sales of rabbits in some stores, rabbit advocates started to examine rabbit statistics in animal shelters and rescue groups.

  • March 1, 2008

    Show Me the Money: Taking the Lead

    A unique relationship between the Washington Animal Rescue League and a local dog-walking company brings financial benefits for both groups'and exercise for the shelter's dogs.

  • March 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Defining ???Quality of Life??? Within Animal Shelters

    Concerned about the conditions she's seen at some shelters, veterinarian Lila Miller talks about how the "Five Freedoms" can serve as a guide for maintaining quality of life for shelter animals.

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