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  • May 1, 2011

    Walking All the Way to the Bank

    Dog walk fundraisers are fun and they often raise lots of money for shelter programs. But these lively events don't just happen by themselves—a dedicated team has to lay the groundwork months in advance. Here's how to walk this way.

  • March 1, 2011

    A Plea for Civility

    Leaders in The HSUS's Companion Animals department developed a civility pledge to promote polite discourse in the sheltering and rescue community.

  • January 1, 2011

    Off Leash: I Feel Kitty, Oh So Kitty

    An innovative tool allows people with a Web connection to play with shelter cats, without going anywhere near the colony room.

  • 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

    A Lost Pet is Not a Lost Cause

    Searching to find a lost pet can be an agonizing and often fruitless experience. But The Center for Lost Pets website aims to fundamentally improve the way people look for their missing companion animals and increase the number of happy reunions.

  • July 1, 2010

    Show Me the Money: Picturing an End to Animal Overpopulation

    The annual Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest supports the spay/neuter efforts of local organizations in the United States and abroad.

  • May 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: "Do Not Adopt"? More Like "Do Not Forward"

    Animal welfare advocates and shelter staff may have the best of intentions when they forward an e-mailed "DNA" (Do Not Adopt) recommendation. But doing so can test the limits of free speech and even stray into illegality, possibly leading to claims of defamation, libel, or slander.

  • March 1, 2010

    Show Me the Money: Canvassing the Nation

    A truly unique project, the Art for the Animals blog allows artists from around the world to come together to share their work, but more importantly, use that work to help local animal welfare groups.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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