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  • July 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Dealing with a Small Problem

    Most shelters weren't built with the needs of little dogs in mind, but there are steps that staff and volunteers can take that will make the environment much better for them. One shelter director created a special area just for the little guys 'Smallville' that resulted in remarkable behavior improvements.

  • July 1, 2009

    For the Comfort of Canines

    A new DVD shows and tells shelters how to keep their dogs comfortable, healthy, and stimulated'with an eye toward encouraging the positive behaviors the dogs will need to be accepted in their new families.

  • March 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Enriching a Shelter Dog's Experience

    Making a shelter dog's life richer can be as simple as smearing some peanut butter on a rubber toy. Even if you're pressed for time, there are easy ways to spice up your dogs' daily routines through environmental enrichment.

  • March 1, 2009

    Field Trip: Washington Animal Rescue League

    Learn about the Washington Animal Rescue League's newly renovated facility, beneficial partnerships with other animal welfare groups, bustling medical center, and more.

  • September 1, 2008

    Field Trip: Give a Dog a Bone

    Corinne Dowling, a volunteer with San Francisco Animal Care and Control, started Give a Dog a Bone with the goal of improving the quality of life for the 300-400 dogs who end up in municipal protective custody each year.

  • September 1, 2008

    Green's Gonna Getcha

    Choosing an environmentally friendly route for your animal shelter can offer healthier, more natural, and more cost-effective means of operation, but with potential hurdles down the road, it's wise to look both ways before going green.

  • July 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Matter of Measurement

    The questions seem simple enough: How much space do you have in your shelter, and how much do you need? But Dr. Kate Hurley explores how the equation gets complicated by various factors.

  • May 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Sick to Death

    Dr. Kate Hurley suggests shelter operators learn as much about crowding as they can in order to navigate its tricky intersection with animal welfare and shelter population management.

  • March 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Defining ???Quality of Life??? Within Animal Shelters

    Concerned about the conditions she's seen at some shelters, veterinarian Lila Miller talks about how the "Five Freedoms" can serve as a guide for maintaining quality of life for shelter animals.

  • November 1, 2007

    Home Sweet Home

    Two years after Katrina, Louisiana SPCA staff, full of dreams and uncertainty, open a new shelter.

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