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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

    A License to Succeed

    Calgary's mandatory licensing program for dogs and cats not only produces nearly enough revenue to cover the cost of providing animal services to a city of 1.1 million people, but also enjoys widespread buy-in from the public.

  • November 1, 2010

    In Oil Spill's Wake, Increased Surrenders

    In the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill, the transport of dogs relieves pressure on two overwhelmed Louisiana shelters.

  • November 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: Whose Animal is it?

    Our legal expert explains the importance of establishing ownership in surrender cases.

  • March 1, 2010

    Behavior Department: Making Babies? First, Make Baby-Ready Pets

    For a pet who's used to being the center of attention, the arrival of a newborn child can be an upsetting experience. But some shelters are showing expectant parents how to adjust their routines beforehand to make their pets baby-ready and prevent them from being relinquished unnecessarily.

  • March 1, 2010

    Maintaining the Bond

    Get the scoop on Pets for Life New York City, an HSUS pilot program dedicated to helping people resolve problems that otherwise could lead to surrender, abandonment, or neglect of their animals.

  • July 1, 2009

    Getting the Drop on After-Hours Abandonments

    Whether people seeking to drop off pets after hours are driven by convenience or shame, the result at many shelters is the same: Dogs and cats are frequently left during times when no staff member is there for intake.

  • May 1, 2008

    Rabbits Count -- So Count Rabbits

    When PetSmart announced that it would begin test sales of rabbits in some stores, rabbit advocates started to examine rabbit statistics in animal shelters and rescue groups.

  • September 1, 2007

    Cat Coupons and Dog Discounts

    The animal welfare field has long preached against "free to good home" newspaper ads used by backyard breeders. But what if such consumer-savvy promotions were used to advertise adoptable shelter pets?

  • September 1, 2007

    The Behavior Department: Helping the Scaredycats

    Give cats a chance in their new homes by preparing adopters for reclusive getting-to-know-you behaviors.

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