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  • March 1, 2010

    Q & A: Minds of Their Own

    Two leading scientists in the growing field of animal ethology discuss their study of the complex emotional and moral lives of animals.

  • January 1, 2010

    Dealing with Death

    A survey of animal shelter employees from 62 shelters in the United States identified coping strategies that euthanasia technicians recommend for dealing with euthanasia-related strain.

  • January 1, 2010

    Chipping Away at an Old Problem

    A recent study published in JAVMA suggests that microchipping and database registration should happen concurrently.

  • January 1, 2010

    Q & A: A Crisis in Customer Service? Not So Much

    Is there a customer service crisis in the animal welfare field? Animal Sheltering editor Carrie Allan talks to staff of Maddie's Fund and the Petfinder Foundation about the results of a "secret shopper" program they conducted last summer at a series of rescues and shelters.

  • 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

    Shelter Medicine: Scaredy Cat or Feral Cat?

    In the shelter, it's hard to tell the difference between truly feral cats and those who are tame but acting frightened and reactive. The way you handle these cats can make all the difference'with time and TLC, they will show their true colors.

  • 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

    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.

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