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  • July 9, 2012

    ASPCA Pro - Understanding NIMS and ICS

    Feeling overloaded on incident-command acronyms? Figure them all out with the ASPCA's helpful guide.

  • May 14, 2012

    Flashcard Machine - Dog Breeds Flashcards

    Need to brush up on your dog breeds? Use these fun and free flashcards!

  • May 7, 2012

    Missing Pet Partnership - Shelter Missing Animal Response

    Missing Pet Partnership is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost companion animals with their owners/guardians. They offer a 5-day Missing Animal Response Course for animal industry professionals.

  • May 1, 2012

    The ASV Guidelines In Real Life: Staff Training Saves Lives

    Proper staff training in the shelter is a necessity for both newcomers and seasoned workers in order to ensure humane animal care as well as public and staff safety—but how do you provide the needed resources for your staff?

  • March 1, 2011

    Creating a Career Ladder Through Certification

    If you're looking toward a long career in animal welfare, earning the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) designation can give you a valuable boost up the career ladder.

  • January 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: Avoiding the Bait and Switch

    Whether they work in a truly volunteer-positive environment or one that's still struggling to make the employee/volunteer gears mesh effectively, it's vital that volunteer coordinators be honest with prospective volunteers about what to expect.

  • September 1, 2010

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • May 1, 2010

    Take Time for Training

    Both inexperienced and expert volunteers can be helpful to your program, but the last thing you want to do is bring in "green" volunteers and fail to provide them the training they need. Learn how to match volunteers' skill sets to the tasks that need to be done.

  • May 1, 2010

    A Tribute to Mutts

    Once disparaged as "mongrels," mixed-breed dogs are actually the ultimate hybrids'each one like a purebred unto itself. Shelters might do well to follow the example of boutique stores and let the public know that their available mutts are really something unique'a treat for true dog lovers.

  • May 1, 2010

    An Unexpected Truth

    When a new breed-specific ordinance in Omaha threatened to undo all the work the Nebraska Humane Society had put into trying to place some of the shelter's pit bulls and pit bull mixes, the organization made the best of an unfortunate situation.

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