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  • January 1, 2010

    Making It Work

    Amber Van Leuken, grant writer (and former assistant manager) at the Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista, Colo., recounts how the shelter revamped its volunteer program to fit its needs, rather than simply making do with whoever walked in the door that day.

  • November 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Coming Home to Roost

    Chicken keeping is on the upswing as a hobby, and for some, caring for their own little flock of clucking pets has become a passion. But for others, the charm wears off quickly, and that's caused an increase of surrender inquiries at some shelters and rescue groups.

  • November 1, 2009

    At Their Service ... with a Smile

    As the massive Shelter Pet Project campaign reaches out to communities nationwide, the potential for increased adoptions is huge. Many people will attempt to adopt a pet for the first time, and their experiences have the potential to impact shelters for years to come.

  • September 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: The Long Way Home

    A series of three-day demonstrations of Pat Parelli's kinder, gentler approach to equines are at the heart of an HSUS initiative to improve the care of horses, who all too often end up abandoned, neglected, or sent to slaughter.

  • July 1, 2009

    The "101" Department: Tooling Around

    High-tech gear is changing the face of animal control, but is it just "boys and their toys"?

  • July 1, 2009

    For the Comfort of Canines

    A new DVD shows and tells shelters how to keep their dogs comfortable, healthy, and stimulated'with an eye toward encouraging the positive behaviors the dogs will need to be accepted in their new families.

  • July 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Dealing with a Small Problem

    Most shelters weren't built with the needs of little dogs in mind, but there are steps that staff and volunteers can take that will make the environment much better for them. One shelter director created a special area just for the little guys 'Smallville' that resulted in remarkable behavior improvements.

  • May 1, 2009

    Climbing the Ladder

    Animal shelters have come a long way, largely due to the ever-increasing professional experience and qualifications of the folks who run them. If you want to make a lifelong career of sheltering, if you hope to gradually climb the ladder from scooping poop and walking dogs to guiding the direction of an organization, it's not enough to simply love animals'you must develop your skills. Here's how to do it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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