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  • 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.

  • July 1, 2008

    A Little Help for a Lot of Territory

    Faced with serving an area that covers more than 3,800 square miles, the animal control department of New Mexico's Dona Ana County is using volunteers for tasks that don't require specialized training.

  • May 1, 2008

    The "101" Department: Getting to Know You

    Creating a good cage card can be a critical tool for keeping track of the animals in your care and helping potential adopters to find their furry soulmate.

  • May 1, 2008

    Q & A: Animals of the "Axis"

    Growing up in Iran, Fatemeh Motamedi saw stray animals abused and taunted in the streets. In 2002, she helped establish VAFA, the country's first animal shelter.

  • March 1, 2008

    The Gulf Coast Will Rise Again

    While many challenges still lie ahead for shelters in the Gulf Coast region two years after Hurricane Katrina, one observer sees signs of progress everywhere.

  • January 1, 2008

    Puppy Mills Lassoed in Texas

    The SPCA of Texas takes down a mass-breeding facility'and takes in hundreds of dogs.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2007

    The Pet Food Recall: Shared Stories

    When the news of pet-food-related fatalities broke this spring, animal lovers everywhere went into a panic. But how did the pet food recall affect folks who care for whole shelters full of animals?

  • July 1, 2007

    The 101 Department: Animal CSI: Gathering the Evidence

    Animal cruelty cases may end in the courtroom, but they start at the scene'and they can be made or broken by the quality of the evidence you gather. Here's a beginner's guide to assembling the pieces of your case.

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