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  • July 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Dealing with a Small Problem

    Most shelters weren't built with the needs of little dogs in mind, but there are steps that staff and volunteers can take that will make the environment much better for them. One shelter director created a special area just for the little guys 'Smallville' that resulted in remarkable behavior improvements.

  • July 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: The Best Medicine

    Upper respiratory infections in cats are an ongoing challenge for shelter staff seeking to keep their kitties healthy and adoptable. Brenda Griffin, D.V.M., lays the groundwork for an approach to keep cats wheeze-free.

  • May 1, 2009

    Feline Good

    There's a growing movement in shelters around the country to provide innovative enrichment programs to their feline residents, putting kitties on par'for the first time, in many cases'with dogs and the quality of care they've long received. Want to get in on the trend? It starts with shelter staff, volunteers, and potential pet adopters changing their overall understanding of cats.

  • March 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Enriching a Shelter Dog's Experience

    Making a shelter dog's life richer can be as simple as smearing some peanut butter on a rubber toy. Even if you're pressed for time, there are easy ways to spice up your dogs' daily routines through environmental enrichment.

  • January 1, 2009

    Precious Cat Provides Free Kits for Shelters

    Precious Cat is giving away free shelter kits to animal organizations that are part of the Shelter Partners program. The kit contains a litter additive that may help newly adopted cats and pet felines who have developed new potty problems to think inside the box.

  • November 1, 2008

    Q & A: A Flood of Emotion

    Dr. Chris Duke of the Bienville Medical Center in Mississippi talks about his community's emotional aftershocks from Katrina, and how residual pet and owner stresses flow into one another.

  • September 1, 2008

    Field Trip: Give a Dog a Bone

    Corinne Dowling, a volunteer with San Francisco Animal Care and Control, started Give a Dog a Bone with the goal of improving the quality of life for the 300-400 dogs who end up in municipal protective custody each year.

  • July 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Helping Family Cats Be Friends

    Conflicts can crop up in multicat homes, causing the animals undue stress and health problems. But dissension can be minimized without calling the kitty shrink.

  • July 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Matter of Measurement

    The questions seem simple enough: How much space do you have in your shelter, and how much do you need? But Dr. Kate Hurley explores how the equation gets complicated by various factors.

  • May 1, 2008

    The State of the Cat

    Last fall, leaders from the animal welfare, veterinary, and pet industries gathered in Denver to discuss how to improve the image and status of cats in our communities.

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