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  • March 1, 2011

    The "101" Department: Conducting a Basic Intake Exam

    The HSUS Shelter Services team offers expert tips on how to conduct a ten-minute intake exam on every animal that comes into your shelter -- and the importance of doing so.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Mouthpieces: Some Traditions Are Made to Be Broken

    This installment of Mouthpieces encourages pet owners to break the tradition of chaining their dog and bring their canine companion indoors.

  • November 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: Who's More Likely to Succeed?

    This installment of Mouthpieces is designed to help you encourage potential adopters to take a second look at your often overlooked black cats and dogs.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2010

    Spay it Ain't So

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

  • May 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: What Would You Do if You Could Have 18 Children a Year?

    This installment of Mouthpieces features a poster that is part of the extensive campaign materials developed by The HSUS in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to increase spay/neuter rates in Louisiana and Mississippi.

  • March 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: Hey, You! Yeah, I'm Talking to You.

    In this issue, Mouthpieces uses a little humor to help you promote some of the smaller creatures you may have for adoption, such as hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, and mice.

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