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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.

  • July 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Skunks

    While close encounters with skunks can stink, our wildlife expert offers tips (and a surefire recipe for odor removal) for helping people and their pets live in harmony with these creatures.

  • 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.

  • March 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Moles

    To the consternation of many homeowners, the tunneling handiwork of moles disrupts the sight lines of lawns manicured to perfection and can make mowing a trial. Our wildlife expert offers tips on dealing with these creatues effectively and humanely.

  • March 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Turtle Trackers

    When highway construction and development threaten to wipe out box turtle populations, The HSUS and other advocates help these slowpokes stay one step ahead of the bulldozers.

  • 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

    To Place or Not to Place?

    Households with children younger than 5 should not keep hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, hedgehogs, or other rodents, according to a report in the October 2008 issue (Vol. 122, No. 4) of Pediatrics.

  • January 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Mice

    Our wildlife expert provides tips on humanely and effectively preventing house mice from taking up residence in your shelter.

  • November 1, 2008

    To the Rescue: Bringing Them Home, But Not For Bacon

    In the course of saving dozens of dehydrated, malnourished, and severely sunburned Iowa pigs stranded on a Mississippi River levee by flooding, rescuers found they had to move beyond the initial rescue plan. Way beyond.

  • November 1, 2008

    Creature Feature: Macaws for Alarm

    A case in Virginia highlights the need for responsible avian sanctuaries'and for better standards of care for the birds caught up in the pet trade.

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