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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2007

    The Price is Right?

    Aiming to increase revenue and highlight overlooked animals, many organizations raise adoption fees on their most popular pets. We talk to organizations that have tested the waters.

  • July 1, 2007

    The Price of Leaving Them Behind

    Though most shelters are eager to provide a safe haven for animals in need, some are wary of crossing the line between taking every animal and enabling abandonment. Here is a look at the pros and cons of surrender fees and appointment systems.

  • March 1, 2007

    Night-Drop Kennels for Animals: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Long a source of controversy in the field, night-drop kennels are loved by some shelters and despised by others. Here's a look at the pros and cons.

  • September 1, 2004

    Cat Surrender Profile

    The thoroughness of this cat surrender form from the Animal Rescue League in Westbrook, Maine, will help any shelter get to the bottom of its new kitties' histories, needs, and personalities.

  • March 1, 2004

    ShelterSpeak: Adoption Fees

    Members of The HSUS's National Companion Animals Advisory Group discuss their policies on adoption fees.

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