September 1, 1999
Today, hamsters' friendly nature and adaptability have placed them among America's most popular small pets. To learn how to fulfill the special needs of these cuddly creatures, some of whom inevitably end up at shelters, follow these suggestions.
July 1, 1999
Like rabbits, ferrets, and other small domesticated mammals, guinea pigs require an environment and treatment distinct from dogs and cats.
May 1, 1999
Ferrets were once an uncommon sight in most animal shelters, but now many facilities have a separate cage or two set aside for these sociable creatures. Still, many animal care workers are unaware of the special needs of these domesticated weasels.
March 1, 1999
Every time you take a dog for a stroll, you're teaching him how to respond to his caretakers and his environment. If you can spend a few moments teaching an unruly, overanxious dog how to behave, you'll not only make future walks go more smoothly but also increase that dog's chances of finding a lifelong home.
January 1, 1999
Rabbits may be easy to love, but they're not quite as easy to care for. To learn about providing temporary care for these adorable creatures in your facility, check out books and websites on rabbit care. This quick set of reminders will give you the basics.
September 1, 1998
Although dogs are less likely than cats to injure someone with their claws, timely nail trimmings help ensure that a dog can walk without pain or discomfort.
May 1, 1998
Trimming a cat's claws every few weeks is a vital part of maintaining the animal's hygiene.
March 1, 1998
Any injured or orphaned wild animal who comes into your shelter's care is highly stressed -- after all, her life in the wild was just turned upside down.
November 1, 1997
Because cats entering your shelter will be exposed to many other cats and airborne viruses, they depend on you to protect them from disease. And vaccines are among your best tools to do the job.
May 1, 1997
A clean cage will minimize the spread of diseaseand will reflect the level of care that your shelter provides each animal. An improperlydisinfected cage invites health problems in cats and may even increase the animals' stress level.