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  • March 1, 2012

    Behavior Department: A Gentle Kind of Cat Care

    Researcher Nadine Gourkow developed a unique scale to assess emotional states in shelter cats and confirmed that mental stimulation and gentling techniques both improve cats’ emotional well-being and reduce the incidence of URI.

  • September 1, 2011

    Shelter Medicine: Meow ... Cat Chow!

    What goes into the food bowl profoundly impacts animal health; it's essential for management of body weight and condition, and good nutrition also supports immune function. Here's a guide to help you keep your cats well-fed, trim, and healthy.

  • September 1, 2011

    The ASV Guidelines in Real Life: Taking Them In

    What happens—or doesn’t happen—when an animal enters a shelter can affect an individual pet’s ultimate outcome, as well as impact the health of an entire shelter population.

  • July 1, 2011

    Behavior Department: Kitty in Their Hands

    Fledgling fosterers have a lot to learn before embarking on their first kitty-mentoring adventure. In this article, veteran fosterers offer their advice -- and their practical knowledge and experiences are worth their weight in kitten chow.

  • July 1, 2011

    Spot-Cleaning Cat Cages

    For years, the standard approach to cat kennel cleaning has been to remove the cat and completely scrub down the cage. There's a simpler, quicker, less stressful way!

  • March 1, 2011

    The "101" Department: Conducting a Basic Intake Exam

    The HSUS Shelter Services team offers expert tips on how to conduct a ten-minute intake exam on every animal that comes into your shelter -- and the importance of doing so.

  • March 1, 2011

    Mouthpieces: People Aren't the Only Ones Who Get the Sniffles and Sneezes

    This edition of Mouthpieces provides an amusing and effective reminder to your human visitors to clean their hands after visiting with each animal so that all of the animals in your care can stay healthy.

  • January 1, 2011

    Q & A: Gold Standards—and Bare Minimums

    Nearly a decade in the making, the animal care guidelines developed for the sheltering field by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will be released this spring.

  • January 1, 2011

    Shelter Medicine: The Kindest Cut of All

    Veterinary columnist Brenda Griffin addresses common questions and concerns about pediatric spay/neuter, as well as the immeasurable value it has in curtailing pet overpopulation.

  • November 1, 2010

    In Oil Spill's Wake, Increased Surrenders

    In the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill, the transport of dogs relieves pressure on two overwhelmed Louisiana shelters.

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