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  • July 1, 2011

    A New Day for Fight-Bust Dogs

    Not too long ago, dogs seized from dogfighting rings were assumed to be too dangerous to place. The Michael Vick case and its ensuing media coverage of rehabilitated pit bulls served as a wake-up call that better options exist for these dogs.

  • March 1, 2011

    Humane Law Forum: Avoiding Adopter Roulette

    Does a shelter have the right to reclaim an adopted animal if the adopter violates the adoption agreement by giving the animal away? Our expert sorts through the basics of contract law to answer this question.

  • March 1, 2011

    Pit Bull Palace

    Find out how staff and volunteers at a shelter in Missouri transformed a rented warehouse into a place of healing for hundreds of pit bulls rescued as part of an enormous multi-state dogfighting raid in 2009.

  • 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.

  • November 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: Whose Animal is it?

    Our legal expert explains the importance of establishing ownership in surrender cases.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2010

    Carriage Horse Update

    While a bill recently adopted by the New York City Council calls for some improvements in the way carriage horses are treated, advocates are disappointed by how little the measure does to protect these animals.

  • May 1, 2010

    Q & A: Unchained

    Haunted by scenes of neglect and cruelty she'd witnessed as a result of pets being chained for long periods'sometimes until they starved to death'Paulette Dean, executive director of the Danville Area Humane Society, was determined to end the practice in her Virginia community.

  • May 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: "Do Not Adopt"? More Like "Do Not Forward"

    Animal welfare advocates and shelter staff may have the best of intentions when they forward an e-mailed "DNA" (Do Not Adopt) recommendation. But doing so can test the limits of free speech and even stray into illegality, possibly leading to claims of defamation, libel, or slander.

  • 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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