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  • July 1, 2008

    Online Extra - Towards A More Perfect Union

    Communication is of the utmost importance when working with a new partner organization, especially when transferring custody of animals. Here are some things rescues and shelters can do to get their relationships going.

  • May 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Sick to Death

    Dr. Kate Hurley suggests shelter operators learn as much about crowding as they can in order to navigate its tricky intersection with animal welfare and shelter population management.

  • May 1, 2008

    The "101" Department: Getting to Know You

    Creating a good cage card can be a critical tool for keeping track of the animals in your care and helping potential adopters to find their furry soulmate.

  • March 1, 2008

    The 101 Department: "Board" to Tears

    In our first How Not To article, we outline steps sure to establish a dysfunctional board of directors that will ruin staff morale, fail to meet funding goals, and drive you crazy within six months.

  • March 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Defining ???Quality of Life??? Within Animal Shelters

    Concerned about the conditions she's seen at some shelters, veterinarian Lila Miller talks about how the "Five Freedoms" can serve as a guide for maintaining quality of life for shelter animals.

  • January 1, 2008

    The 101 Department: Make Your Case: How to Testify in Court

    A day on the witness stand can make even the most gregarious animal control officer nervous, but our tips on providing effective court testimony can prepare you for the crossest of cross examinations.

  • November 1, 2007

    The 101 Department: Lobbying for a Better Disposition

    Shelters that seize animals from dogfighters or abusers often have to hold the victims for months while the cases make their way through the court system. Learn how bond and forfeiture laws can help lessen the burdens of long-term holding.

  • November 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: When Is a Virulent Calicivirus Really a Virulent Calicivirus?

    Shelters are seeing outbreaks of virulent systemic feline calicivirus ??? or are they? Dr. Kate Hurley explains the basics of diagnosing and controlling strains of FCV.

  • September 1, 2007

    The 101 Department: Find Your Target Audience

    You probably have a sign in front of your shelter that tells visitors they've come to the right place. But how easily can people find your organization on the Web? Learn how to help pet-seeking people find your site.

  • September 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: The Most Persistent Fungus Among Us

    Ringworm is one of the easiest zoonotic diseases to contract'and, in the shelter environment, one of the hardest to get rid of. Here's a primer on causes, symptoms, and effective controls.

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