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  • 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

    Shelter Medicine: Handling Large Scale Raids

    Animals brought to shelters in mass numbers don't just come from animal hoarders. They may also arrive from raids on puppy mills, pet shops, or illegal animal shipments, or be victims of natural or manmade disasters. All shelters should have a plan in place for handling the influx when such situations occur.

  • January 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: How Much Care is Enough?

    The explosion of new medical information and treatment options has created ethical quandaries for shelters: How much care is enough? What can the shelter afford to spend? Lila Miller offers her thoughts on making treatment decisions.

  • 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

    People Power: Philip Bushby

    Though Philip Bushby teaches at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he is rarely on campus. Instead, he is on the road three to six days a week, carrying out his life's work and passion-changing the veterinary profession's attitudes toward animal welfare.

  • 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.

  • November 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Passion for Shelter Work'and for Cats

    In this introductory column, our new veterinary columnist, Dr. Brenda Griffin, tells of her pioneering pursuit into shelter medicine, and how listening to her heart changed her life.

  • September 1, 2008

    Q & A: Keeping Feral Cats Healthy

    Dr. Gordon Stull of the Burlington County Feral Cat Initiative discusses the feline health benefits of TNR and the challenges feral cat colonies are facing today.

  • 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

    Shelter Medicine: To Test or Not to Test

    Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus are the bad boys of the microbial kitty kingdom, but when is it in your shelter's best interest to test for these diseases? Here's a prescription shelters can use to inoculate the dilemma.

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