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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • September 1, 2008

    Buddying Up

    In Edmonton, house-soiling cats are given a second chance and becoming farmers' friends through the Barn Buddies program.

  • September 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Canine Play: The Good, the Bad, and the Squeaky

    It's not all fun and games! Playtime for pooches can be more complex than adopters realize. Dr. Patricia McConnell gives some important tips to keep canine play from getting out of hand.

  • 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.

  • May 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Burning Out on Behavior

    While shelter work can provide trainers great personal satisfaction and a sense of purpose, it can also be a huge source of stress.

  • March 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: What Placement Groups Say'and What Adopters Hear

    New adopters don't always understand the jargon counselors use when describing a dog's personality and behavior issues. Here's how to make sure your messages don't get lost in translation.

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