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  • 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

    Mouthpieces: Some Traditions Are Made to Be Broken

    This installment of Mouthpieces encourages pet owners to break the tradition of chaining their dog and bring their canine companion indoors.

  • 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

    Q & A: Gold Standards—and Bare Minimums

    Nearly a decade in the making, the animal care guidelines developed for the sheltering field by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will be released this spring.

  • November 1, 2010

    The "101" Department: Rehab Project

    The hard work of turning puppy mill dogs into pets yields extraordinary rewards for shelters and adopters.

  • November 1, 2010

    Behavior Department: Turning Fearful Cats Friendly

    Learn about a behavior training method that recognizes fearful cats not as a lost cause in the shelter environment, but as a puzzle to be solved.

  • September 1, 2010

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • September 1, 2010

    The "101" Department: One Cool Tool

    An expert explains how to use the Y pole, a tool for working with fearful dogs that offers advantages over a traditional catch pole.

  • July 1, 2010

    The Behavior Department: A Beginner's Guide to Stress Across Species

    It's essential that every species in your shelter receives appropriate, individualized care, which goes a long way toward reducing stress, improving health'and increasing the chances of adoption. Our guide will help you recognize, prevent, and reduce stress in birds and small mammals.

  • July 1, 2010

    Off Leash: Bright is the New Black

    Marti Houge's bright bandanas give color-challenged pooches a better chance of catching someone's eye.

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