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  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • January 1, 2008

    Creature Feature: Diet of a Carnivore, Mind of a Toddler

    Feisty ferrets have a rep for being nibbly and stinky, but these relatives of the weasel have gotten a bad rap. We provide a guide for their care within the shelter.

  • November 1, 2007

    Creature Feature: Pellets, Pedicures, and Pigloos

    Like many of the other critters dubbed "starter pets" by the retail pet industry, guinea pigs turn up at shelters all too frequently. Find out how to keep your little pigs happy and healthy.

  • September 1, 2007

    Off Leash: Reinventing the Wheel(chair)

    A volunteer's invention helps ease the sore muscles of spay-neuter clinic workers in California.

  • May 1, 2007

    From Coast to ... Further Down the Coast

    The East Coast Animal Control Academy is a hit with fresh-faced newbies and seasoned officers.

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