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  • 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

    Coffee Break: Signs of Progress

    In your space, you talk about the signs of progress you've seen in the sheltering field'and the challenges we still face.

  • September 1, 2007

    How Healthy Is Your Shelter?

    Giving your shelter a "checkup" using the Shelter Diagnostic System can lead to improved organizational health and, ultimately, better care for the animals in your charge.

  • January 1, 2007

    Constructing Personal Identity in Animal Shelters

    Sociologist Arnold Arluke examines shelters' euthanasia policies from an unusual perspective: How do they affect the way shelter workers define themselves?

  • January 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: A Blend of Science and Art

    Dr. Lila Miller outlines what you should know about veterinary care in the shelter setting'and what you can and can't do to make it better.

  • July 1, 2006

    Avian Flu: Making a Plan

    News about avian flu and other potential pandemic diseases have whole governments worried about what long-term absenteeism might do to businesses and to the global economy. But for workplaces like police departments, hospitals, and animal shelters, where people provide care and vital services to living creatures, finding answers to the questions is even more critical.

  • July 1, 2005

    What’s the Diagnosis?

    New evaluation program aims to help shelters improve staff retention and morale.

  • March 1, 2005

    Phone Finesse

    Learn what it takes to be a smooth operator.

  • March 1, 2005

    Animal Caregiver Job Description

    Only when employees have a clear understanding of their responsibilities and their place in the staff hierarchy can they perform well and enjoy their jobs. This comprehensive job description for "Animal Caregiver Level 1" at Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo, California, spells out the organization's vision, provides pertinent details about the position, and lists the duties required of the employee.

  • January 1, 2005

    Slowing the Revolving Door: Strategies for Improving Staff Retention, Part 2

    This second of two articles on staff retention investigates the benefits of ensuring a support network for staff and the importance of providing training and opportunities for advancement.

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