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  • March 1, 2010

    Behavior Department: Making Babies? First, Make Baby-Ready Pets

    For a pet who's used to being the center of attention, the arrival of a newborn child can be an upsetting experience. But some shelters are showing expectant parents how to adjust their routines beforehand to make their pets baby-ready and prevent them from being relinquished unnecessarily.

  • January 1, 2010

    The "101" Department: Keys to a Cool Shelter Website

    As more and more potential adopters use the Internet to seek a new pet, it's become essential for shelters to have an online presence, and to ensure that presence contains some basic key elements. Learn about them here, and see if your site's working for you!

  • January 1, 2010

    Better Options for Horses

    The HSUS has developed a list of resources for those looking for humane end-of-life options for their equine companions.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Humane Law Forum: Discrimination at the Adoption Counter

    An attorney who specializes in animal law tackles the issue of discrimination, explaining how to make sure your adoption decisions don't leave your organization vulnerable to legal threats.

  • November 1, 2009

    People Care Starts with You

    Shelter staff experience a stressor that those in other helping professions do not: Some are asked to end the lives of the very creatures they have saved and nurtured. It's little wonder that the stress can reach a boiling point'but there are ways to cope.

  • November 1, 2009

    The "101" Department: Let's See Some ID

    Although failing to identify animals properly in the shelter environment can have dire consequences, many agencies continue to overlook this crucial task.

  • November 1, 2009

    At Their Service ... with a Smile

    As the massive Shelter Pet Project campaign reaches out to communities nationwide, the potential for increased adoptions is huge. Many people will attempt to adopt a pet for the first time, and their experiences have the potential to impact shelters for years to come.

  • July 1, 2009

    Getting the Drop on After-Hours Abandonments

    Whether people seeking to drop off pets after hours are driven by convenience or shame, the result at many shelters is the same: Dogs and cats are frequently left during times when no staff member is there for intake.

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