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  • September 1, 2004

    SOPs: Not an Alien Concept

    Standard operating procedures: what they are and how they can help your shelter.

  • March 1, 2004

    ShelterSpeak: Adoption Fees

    Members of The HSUS's National Companion Animals Advisory Group discuss their policies on adoption fees.

  • May 1, 2003

    All Over the Map—The Pros and Cons of Animal Transfer Programs

    Around the country, more and more shelters are participating in transfer programs as a means to help animals find homes. Take some pointers from the groups that have already discovered how to do it well.

  • March 1, 2003

    Do Off-Site Adoption Events Encourage Impulse Decisions?

    Study finds retention rates are similar regardless of adoption venue???and adoption coordinators say it's because they screen carefully no matter where the process occurs.

  • January 1, 2003

    Weighing in on the Scales

    HSUS Director of Captive Wildlife Protection Richard Farinato discusses the challenges and consequences of caring for and placing reptiles.

  • January 1, 2003

    ShelterSpeak: Categorizing Animals According to Adoptability

    Do you categorize your animals according to levels of adoptability and nonadoptability? Why or why not? And if the answer is yes, what method of categorizing do you use and why? How do you present your statistics to the public?

  • September 1, 2002

    ShelterSpeak: Public Inquiries about Animal Disposition

    How does your organization handle inquiries from the public about animal disposition? Do you reveal whether an animal has been adopted or euthanized? Why or why not?

  • September 1, 2002

    Adopting Great Adoption Practices

    Local organizations have a resource to help them in the endeavor of increasing adoption numbers: Great Dog Adoptions: A Guide for Shelters.

  • January 1, 2002

    ShelterSpeak: Owner Identity Verification

    How do you verify identification/ownership when someone comes in to claim a stray or lost animal? How effective has this method been?

  • July 1, 2001

    ShelterSpeak: Employee Safety

    "I'm just curious as to how many shelters require their employees to wear rubber gloves, protective eye wear, and even earplugs or something comparable to block out loud noise (barking) in the dog kennel area when cleaning/feeding? Is this truly a requirement, and if not, should it be? I'm wondering, too, if the earplugs fall under some type of OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] regulation for auditory protection?"

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