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  • July 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: The Best Medicine

    Upper respiratory infections in cats are an ongoing challenge for shelter staff seeking to keep their kitties healthy and adoptable. Brenda Griffin, D.V.M., lays the groundwork for an approach to keep cats wheeze-free.

  • May 1, 2009

    Feline Good

    There's a growing movement in shelters around the country to provide innovative enrichment programs to their feline residents, putting kitties on par'for the first time, in many cases'with dogs and the quality of care they've long received. Want to get in on the trend? It starts with shelter staff, volunteers, and potential pet adopters changing their overall understanding of cats.

  • May 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Too Cute for the Room?

    Chinchillas are insanely cute'and that can prove to be a problem if infatuated new owners fail to research the exotic rodents' substantial care needs. Learn what's out and what's in when it comes to advising someone on adopting a chin.

  • March 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Enriching a Shelter Dog's Experience

    Making a shelter dog's life richer can be as simple as smearing some peanut butter on a rubber toy. Even if you're pressed for time, there are easy ways to spice up your dogs' daily routines through environmental enrichment.

  • January 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Some Pig!

    Consider the plight of potbellied pigs: Once a trendy novelty pet for the rich and famous, they now can be had for a song at local flea markets. And since they're sometimes sold small to people unprepared for the full-grown version, they might end up in your shelter.

  • January 1, 2009

    Precious Cat Provides Free Kits for Shelters

    Precious Cat is giving away free shelter kits to animal organizations that are part of the Shelter Partners program. The kit contains a litter additive that may help newly adopted cats and pet felines who have developed new potty problems to think inside the box.

  • November 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: The Way to Tame a Feral Kitten's Heart

    There are no guarantees when it comes to taming feral cats, but the process is most likely to work if you get ???em while they're young! Here are some guidelines from successful feral kitten tamers.

  • November 1, 2008

    Q & A: A Flood of Emotion

    Dr. Chris Duke of the Bienville Medical Center in Mississippi talks about his community's emotional aftershocks from Katrina, and how residual pet and owner stresses flow into one another.

  • 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.

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