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  • November 1, 2009

    The Catnip Conundrum

    While the subject of catnip has provoked the occasional heated discussion on shelter listservs over the years, the experts interviewed for this story agreed that, for the majority of cats, there's nothing to ponder: Life is much more interesting with catnip.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Clicking with Shelter Cats

    Did you know that clickers can be used to benefit cats as well as dogs? A handful of volunteers, armed with clickers, fresh treats, and a few simple instructions, can reduce feline stress and bring shelter cats out of their shells.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Dollars and Sense of Spay/Neuter for Cats

    A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) supports statistically what animal shelters know from experience-that households with higher incomes are more likely to spay or neuter their cats.

  • November 1, 2009

    Mouthpieces: Why Are the Kitties Sneezing?

    This installment of Mouthpieces provides information on the prevalance and relative innocence of upper respiratory infections in shelter cats, and encourages potential adopters to look past the sniffles when seeking their perfect feline companion.

  • November 1, 2009

    Creating Pro-Kitty Cities

    Using new thoughtful and unique adoption campaigns, two shelters try to draw attention to and increase adoptions of their feline residents.

  • September 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: For the Long Haul

    All shelters, regardless of the length of time they're able to hold animals, should strive for high-quality care. But it's doubly important in facilities where animals will be held for weeks or even months. Veterinarian Lila Miller outlines steps to keep longtimers healthy and happy.

  • 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.

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