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  • May 1, 2011

    Coffee Break: When the Public Came Through for Your Organization

    In your space, you tell us about times when your community stepped up to support your organization when it faced adversity: pet food shortages, budget cuts, major fires, even hurricanes.

  • March 1, 2011

    Field Trip: Making the Mean Streets a Little Kinder

    Initially created to serve street people and their four-legged companions, the Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team now provides veterinary care to nearly 150 animals at its monthly clinic.

  • March 1, 2011

    Off Leash: You Deserve a Break Today

    Lunch breaks aren't just for humans at one Wisconsin shelter where staff members pair up with dogs to give the pups extra attention, treats, and time outside the kennel.

  • March 1, 2011

    Back to Basics: Shelter Cat Enrichment

    For felines who are stressed by life in the shelter, one cat behavior specialist advocates "behavioral CPR," using interactive play sessions to bring back cats who sit frozen in their cage or litter box, unresponsive to visitors.

  • March 1, 2011

    Someone to Watch Over Me

    As wounded soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan, military and veterans' hospitals around the country are increasingly using a variety of canine-assisted therapies to heal their scars.

  • January 1, 2011

    A License to Succeed

    Calgary's mandatory licensing program for dogs and cats not only produces nearly enough revenue to cover the cost of providing animal services to a city of 1.1 million people, but also enjoys widespread buy-in from the public.

  • January 1, 2011

    Can You Hear Me Now?

    Are howls and woofs the inevitable soundtrack at a shelter? Not necessarily. You can turn down the volume through a variety of methods, from innovative design or retrofitting to clicker training and enrichment programs.

  • November 1, 2010

    Making Spay/Neuter an Inside Job

    A program in Oklahoma provides a model for how subsidized spay/neuter can be made more widely available to low-income residents, through cooperative efforts with local veterinarians in private practice.

  • November 1, 2010

    Behavior Department: Turning Fearful Cats Friendly

    Learn about a behavior training method that recognizes fearful cats not as a lost cause in the shelter environment, but as a puzzle to be solved.

  • May 1, 2010

    Reaching Out to the Senior Community

    Older and wiser, the retirement set can be great resource for shelters'and vice versa.

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