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  • 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.

  • 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

    The Behavior Department: Enriching a Shelter Dog's Experience

    Making a shelter dog's life richer can be as simple as smearing some peanut butter on a rubber toy. Even if you're pressed for time, there are easy ways to spice up your dogs' daily routines through environmental enrichment.

  • 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

    Q & A: A Flood of Emotion

    Dr. Chris Duke of the Bienville Medical Center in Mississippi talks about his community's emotional aftershocks from Katrina, and how residual pet and owner stresses flow into one another.

  • 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

    PetSmart and Lollypop Look Out for the Little Guys

    Through a unique arrangement with Lollypop Farm, the PetSmart store in Henrietta, N.Y., is the only location in the country adopting, but not selling, such little critters as hamsters, guinea pigs, and birds.

  • September 1, 2008

    Field Trip: Give a Dog a Bone

    Corinne Dowling, a volunteer with San Francisco Animal Care and Control, started Give a Dog a Bone with the goal of improving the quality of life for the 300-400 dogs who end up in municipal protective custody each year.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Helping Family Cats Be Friends

    Conflicts can crop up in multicat homes, causing the animals undue stress and health problems. But dissension can be minimized without calling the kitty shrink.

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