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  • July 1, 2010

    Book Review: Animal Control Management: A New Look at a Public Responsibility

    Stephen Aronson's comprehensive new book, Animal Control Management: A New Look at a Public Responsibility, should serve as a valuable resource for many in the field, including animal control directors, ACOs, and city managers.

  • March 1, 2010

    Coffee Break: Staying Calm When You're About to Lose Your Cool

    In your space, you told us about the times you've come close to losing your cool with a frustrating member of the public, but managed to save a difficult situation by staying calm and polite.

  • July 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Prowling the Divide

    After years of debate about the place of feral cats in our society, bird lovers and feline advocates are making peace for the sake of the animals.

  • July 1, 2009

    The Few, the Proud, the Animal Control Officers

    While it hasn't always had the prettiest history, the animal control field has become far more professional, progressive, and humane over the years.

  • July 1, 2009

    Out of Control, Into Compassion

    Progressive agencies are changing the way animal control does business, reconciling the need to protect the public with the goal of saving animals' lives.

  • January 1, 2009

    Off Leash: A Little Visual Mystery and Some Not-Too-Distant History

    An old photograph captures a moment in an animal shelter's history.

  • November 1, 2008

    The "101" Department: Sweating the Small Stuff

    Sometimes sweating the small stuff can be a good thing'especially when little details translate to a big public response. Inside are eight simple steps to a mini-makeover, ones you can take without shouldering the cost for a surgical facelift.

  • 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

    Online Extra - Getting Ready for Inspection

    Properly maintaining animal shelters is not just a matter of doing the right thing for the animals, the employees, and the public; it's also a matter of staying on the right side of the applicable health and safety regulations. The regulations vary across the country, but here's how one state handles shelter inspections.

  • July 1, 2008

    The "101" Department: Maintenance Matters

    A coat of paint here and a leaky faucet there may seem like back-burner stuff when you're busy saving lives, but properly maintaining your shelter now will save money later and pay off in improved animal care.

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