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  • March 1, 2012

    Behavior Department: A Gentle Kind of Cat Care

    Researcher Nadine Gourkow developed a unique scale to assess emotional states in shelter cats and confirmed that mental stimulation and gentling techniques both improve cats’ emotional well-being and reduce the incidence of URI.

  • 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

    Active Mind, Healthy Dog

    Try these practical and economical tips for keeping the dogs in your care physically active, mentally stimulated, and socialized.

  • 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

    Keeping Them Hoppy

    Determined to give shelter rabbits their fair share of attention, volunteer Carlin Abbitt started using a harness to take bunnies outside for a change of scenery and some exercise.

  • January 1, 2012

    Her Casa is Their Casa

    Get the scoop on a successful kennel enrichment program that makes shelter dogs happier and more adoptable.

  • November 1, 2011

    Q & A: Playing with a Purpose

    An experienced animal trainer shows shelters how to socialize dogs through play groups.

  • September 1, 2011

    Shelter Medicine: Meow ... Cat Chow!

    What goes into the food bowl profoundly impacts animal health; it's essential for management of body weight and condition, and good nutrition also supports immune function. Here's a guide to help you keep your cats well-fed, trim, and healthy.

  • September 1, 2011

    For Goodness' Snake

    Many snake owners fall in love with the small creatures they see in the pet store but are unprepared to care for the adults. Our guide will help you adequately care for and house the snakes that end up in your charge.

  • 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.

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