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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2010

    Off Leash: Bright is the New Black

    Marti Houge's bright bandanas give color-challenged pooches a better chance of catching someone's eye.

  • July 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: Love Your Cat? Then TAG Your Cat!

    In this issue, Mouthpieces helps you communicate to pet owners the importance of outfitting their precious feline companions with a collar and tag.

  • July 1, 2010

    Collars and Sense

    It's often said in the sheltering field that a collar and identification tag are a lost pet's best chance of returning home. That's especially true for felines: Only 2 to 5 percent of the millions of homeless cats entering shelters each year are reunited with their families.

  • July 1, 2010

    Spay it Ain't So

    Study on ovary retention and longevity shouldn't affect shelter spaying practices.

  • May 1, 2010

    Survey Says ... Get a Cat!

    The Morris Animal Foundation surveyed non-cat owners about their perceptions of cats to gain insight into what may be preventing them from finding those homes. The results show that the next wave of cat owners may come from unexpected segments of society.

  • May 1, 2010

    Off Leash: Meet the REAL Slum Dogs of India

    During a trip to India, British photographer Eloise Leyden stumbled upon Tree of Life for Animals, a nonprofit that cares for former street dogs at its sanctuary in Pushkar. The people (and canines) she met there played a role in the creation of her photography book, Slum Dogs of India.

  • May 1, 2010

    A Tribute to Mutts

    Once disparaged as "mongrels," mixed-breed dogs are actually the ultimate hybrids'each one like a purebred unto itself. Shelters might do well to follow the example of boutique stores and let the public know that their available mutts are really something unique'a treat for true dog lovers.

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