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  • 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

    Spot-Cleaning Cat Cages

    For years, the standard approach to cat kennel cleaning has been to remove the cat and completely scrub down the cage. There's a simpler, quicker, less stressful way!

  • 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.

  • May 1, 2011

    That Gnawing Feeling

    A young girl brings home a pregnant pet rat from school and sets in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to the rescue of 2,000 rodents from a home in California.

  • May 1, 2011

    Off Leash: Lifting Them Up

    Thanks to the dedicated efforts of an AT&T manager with a heart for homeless animals, dogs awaiting adoption are resting easier.

  • May 1, 2011

    Getting Real: Making the ASV Standards Work for You

    This story of changes to cat housing at a shelter in New York is the first of a series that will explore how new standards developed by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians can be applied to real-life situations in the sheltering and rescue field to create more humane outcomes for animals.

  • 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.

  • March 1, 2011

    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.

  • January 1, 2011

    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.

  • January 1, 2011

    Show Me the Money: Pigging Out

    "Pignics," about a dozen of which are held around the country, serve as fundraising and social events for guinea pig lovers, as well as a place for pets and adoptable animals to get together in pens.

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