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  • March 1, 2011

    The "101" Department: Conducting a Basic Intake Exam

    The HSUS Shelter Services team offers expert tips on how to conduct a ten-minute intake exam on every animal that comes into your shelter -- and the importance of doing so.

  • March 1, 2011

    Behavior Department: 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

    Mouthpieces: People Aren't the Only Ones Who Get the Sniffles and Sneezes

    This edition of Mouthpieces provides an amusing and effective reminder to your human visitors to clean their hands after visiting with each animal so that all of the animals in your care can stay healthy.

  • January 1, 2011

    People Power: Skilled with a Scalpel

    A spay/neuter veterinarian takes his commitment to ending pet homelessness to new heights.

  • January 1, 2011

    Shelter Medicine: The Kindest Cut of All

    Veterinary columnist Brenda Griffin addresses common questions and concerns about pediatric spay/neuter, as well as the immeasurable value it has in curtailing pet overpopulation.

  • January 1, 2011

    Q & A: Gold Standards—and Bare Minimums

    Nearly a decade in the making, the animal care guidelines developed for the sheltering field by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will be released this spring.

  • 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.

  • September 1, 2010

    Toy Story

    A recent study suggests that shelters can increase the chances of their cats getting adopted by putting toys in the cats' cages and housing them at eye level.

  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

  • 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.

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