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  • January 1, 2010

    Making It Work

    Amber Van Leuken, grant writer (and former assistant manager) at the Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista, Colo., recounts how the shelter revamped its volunteer program to fit its needs, rather than simply making do with whoever walked in the door that day.

  • November 1, 2009

    At Their Service ... with a Smile

    As the massive Shelter Pet Project campaign reaches out to communities nationwide, the potential for increased adoptions is huge. Many people will attempt to adopt a pet for the first time, and their experiences have the potential to impact shelters for years to come.

  • July 1, 2009

    For the Comfort of Canines

    A new DVD shows and tells shelters how to keep their dogs comfortable, healthy, and stimulated'with an eye toward encouraging the positive behaviors the dogs will need to be accepted in their new families.

  • 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.

  • May 1, 2007

    From Coast to ... Further Down the Coast

    The East Coast Animal Control Academy is a hit with fresh-faced newbies and seasoned officers.

  • March 1, 2007

    The Behavior Department: The Basics of Shelter Dog Training

    Mychelle Blake discusses the benefits of training and socialization for shelter dogs and outlines the training methods that have worked best in her sessions with volunteers.

  • November 1, 2005

    Before You Evaluate Animals, Evaluate Your Shelter

    Are you ready to implement a behavior program? An online course series from Humane Society University will help you answer that question and develop the tools you need to get started.

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