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  • November 1, 2010

    For Better and For Worse

    A recent study explores which volunteer management practices make for happy shelter employees.

  • September 1, 2010

    Coffee Break: Leaving the Sheltering Field and Deciding to Return

    In your space, you told us about a time when you decided to stop working in the animal sheltering and rescue field, the reasons you wanted to leave-and what brought you back.

  • July 1, 2010

    Book Review: Animal Control Management: A New Look at a Public Responsibility

    Stephen Aronson's comprehensive new book, Animal Control Management: A New Look at a Public Responsibility, should serve as a valuable resource for many in the field, including animal control directors, ACOs, and city managers.

  • 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.

  • January 1, 2010

    Get Smart—and Certified—at HSU

    Humane Society University, an affiliate of The HSUS, has received a license as a higher education degree-granting institution by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. What does that mean for you? Read on.

  • May 1, 2009

    Climbing the Ladder

    Animal shelters have come a long way, largely due to the ever-increasing professional experience and qualifications of the folks who run them. If you want to make a lifelong career of sheltering, if you hope to gradually climb the ladder from scooping poop and walking dogs to guiding the direction of an organization, it's not enough to simply love animals'you must develop your skills. Here's how to do it.

  • September 1, 2008

    Coffee Break: What Advice Would You Give Someone Starting Out in the Animal Welfare Field?

    In your space, you passed on your best advice for someone starting out in the animal welfare field.

  • May 1, 2008

    Coffee Break: How You Got Involved in Animal Welfare

    When asked how and why you entered the animal welfare field, your responses were both fascinating and inspiring.

  • May 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Burning Out on Behavior

    While shelter work can provide trainers great personal satisfaction and a sense of purpose, it can also be a huge source of stress.

  • November 1, 2007

    Take This Job and ... Improve It

    A recent study examines the effects of euthanasia and human resource practices on employee turnover in animal shelters.

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