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  • January 1, 2012

    Keeping Them Hoppy

    Determined to give shelter rabbits their fair share of attention, volunteer Carlin Abbitt started using a harness to take bunnies outside for a change of scenery and some exercise.

  • November 1, 2011

    Q & A: Playing with a Purpose

    An experienced animal trainer shows shelters how to socialize dogs through play groups.

  • September 1, 2011

    Shelter Medicine: Meow ... Cat Chow!

    What goes into the food bowl profoundly impacts animal health; it's essential for management of body weight and condition, and good nutrition also supports immune function. Here's a guide to help you keep your cats well-fed, trim, and healthy.

  • July 1, 2011

    Behavior Department: Kitty in Their Hands

    Fledgling fosterers have a lot to learn before embarking on their first kitty-mentoring adventure. In this article, veteran fosterers offer their advice -- and their practical knowledge and experiences are worth their weight in kitten chow.

  • July 1, 2011

    Spot-Cleaning Cat Cages

    For years, the standard approach to cat kennel cleaning has been to remove the cat and completely scrub down the cage. There's a simpler, quicker, less stressful way!

  • July 1, 2011

    Coffee Break: Your Favorite Cat Programs

    In your space, you tell us about some of your favorite programs to help cats???everything from partnering with a local hockey team to a community operation (pun intended) that???s sterilized 250 cats in a single day.

  • July 1, 2011

    The ASV Guidelines in Real Life

    The Austin Humane Society is one of several shelters that have started a hand-feeding, enrichment, and training program for adoptable dogs. The results are easy to see: a kennel that's a pleasant environment for both people and pets.

  • May 1, 2011

    Getting Real: Making the ASV Standards Work for You

    This story of changes to cat housing at a shelter in New York is the first of a series that will explore how new standards developed by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians can be applied to real-life situations in the sheltering and rescue field to create more humane outcomes for animals.

  • May 1, 2011

    Off Leash: Lifting Them Up

    Thanks to the dedicated efforts of an AT&T manager with a heart for homeless animals, dogs awaiting adoption are resting easier.

  • March 1, 2011

    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.

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