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  • March 1, 2011

    Studying Cats—and Those Who Care for Them

    Review the illuminating results of recent studies that look at practices regarding identification and feral identification procedures for cats.

  • March 1, 2011

    Off Leash: You Deserve a Break Today

    Lunch breaks aren't just for humans at one Wisconsin shelter where staff members pair up with dogs to give the pups extra attention, treats, and time outside the kennel.

  • January 1, 2011

    Can You Hear Me Now?

    Are howls and woofs the inevitable soundtrack at a shelter? Not necessarily. You can turn down the volume through a variety of methods, from innovative design or retrofitting to clicker training and enrichment programs.

  • January 1, 2011

    Q & A: Gold Standards—and Bare Minimums

    Nearly a decade in the making, the animal care guidelines developed for the sheltering field by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will be released this spring.

  • January 1, 2011

    Shelter Medicine: The Kindest Cut of All

    Veterinary columnist Brenda Griffin addresses common questions and concerns about pediatric spay/neuter, as well as the immeasurable value it has in curtailing pet overpopulation.

  • November 1, 2010

    Behavior Department: Turning Fearful Cats Friendly

    Learn about a behavior training method that recognizes fearful cats not as a lost cause in the shelter environment, but as a puzzle to be solved.

  • September 1, 2010

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

  • September 1, 2010

    Toy Story

    A recent study suggests that shelters can increase the chances of their cats getting adopted by putting toys in the cats' cages and housing them at eye level.

  • July 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Kittens: Coming Soon to a Shelter Near You

    During the spring and summer'also known as "kitten season" to shelters and rescues'pregnant cats, nursing mothers, and kittens overwhelm facilities across the nation. Shelters have to take extra measures to protect young kittens from exposure to germs, and must provide them with a series of vaccinations, plus high-quality nutrition and proper deworming, to keep those mewing fuzz balls healthy.

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