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  • November 1, 2009

    People Power: A Plane Solution

    A raid in March 2009 rescued more than 300 dogs from the misery of a puppy mill in Arkansas, setting them on the road to new lives. But not all of them got on the road. Some took to the air, thanks to a retired pilot from Colorado.

  • September 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: For the Long Haul

    All shelters, regardless of the length of time they're able to hold animals, should strive for high-quality care. But it's doubly important in facilities where animals will be held for weeks or even months. Veterinarian Lila Miller outlines steps to keep longtimers healthy and happy.

  • July 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: The Best Medicine

    Upper respiratory infections in cats are an ongoing challenge for shelter staff seeking to keep their kitties healthy and adoptable. Brenda Griffin, D.V.M., lays the groundwork for an approach to keep cats wheeze-free.

  • March 1, 2009

    People Power: Operation Roger

    Inspired by a desire to help pets stranded by Hurricane Kartrina, truck driver Sue Wiese founded Operation Roger, a nonprofit initiative that uses truck drivers to move pets from animal shelters and rescue groups to new permanent homes.

  • March 1, 2009

    The "101" Department: Shiny Happy Pooches

    Dogs don't ask for a lot of grooming, but the potential adopters visiting your shelter probably prefer a well-tended pooch to a matted stinkball. Here are some basic tips for making your pups look presentable.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • July 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Matter of Measurement

    The questions seem simple enough: How much space do you have in your shelter, and how much do you need? But Dr. Kate Hurley explores how the equation gets complicated by various factors.

  • July 1, 2008

    Knowing When to Nip it in the Buds

    A survey of scientific literature suggests the healthiest age to spay and neuter pets.

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