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  • November 1, 2011

    Lives on the Line

    Every day, animal control officers face unpredictable situations with limited knowledge, stepping onto unknown turf where they may encounter a dangerous animal or -- more likely -- an angry member of the public. What can they do to protect themselves?

  • November 1, 2011

    People Power: Wild Thing—I Think I Love You

    A humane investigator from Vermont branches out into an innovative wildlife control business.

  • September 1, 2011

    People Power: Outstanding in His Field

    Jeff Christner would never ask a staff member to do something he wouldn't do himself, which is just one of the many reasons his staff nominated him for NACA's Animal Control Officer of the Year Award.

  • July 1, 2011

    Is a Nonprofit/Government Merger Good for Your Community?

    The current economic slump has many municipalities looking at nonprofit animal care and control organizations to provide them with some form of support. But would such an arrangement work well for your organiztion and community?

  • May 1, 2011

    The "101" Department: Feeling Insecure?

    Long treated as easy targets by criminals, these days shelters around the country are fighting back. They're rethinking security protocols, installing high-tech alarm systems, and training staff to make the protection of animals and property a top priority.

  • March 1, 2011

    Q & A: Success in South Florida

    Veterinarian Sara Pizano faced daunting challenges when she took over as head of Miami-Dade Animal Services in 2005, such as no pain medications and a very high infectious disease and mortality rate. Within five years, she and her staff turned it around, winning major awards from the Florida Animal Control Association. How did she do it?

  • March 1, 2011

    Pit Bull Palace

    Find out how staff and volunteers at a shelter in Missouri transformed a rented warehouse into a place of healing for hundreds of pit bulls rescued as part of an enormous multi-state dogfighting raid in 2009.

  • November 1, 2010

    Off Leash: Bringing the Holidays Home

    In the nation’s capital, a few humane officers spend Christmas bringing toys to forgotten guard dogs.

  • November 1, 2010

    The "101" Department: Rehab Project

    The hard work of turning puppy mill dogs into pets yields extraordinary rewards for shelters and adopters.

  • September 1, 2010

    The "101" Department: One Cool Tool

    An expert explains how to use the Y pole, a tool for working with fearful dogs that offers advantages over a traditional catch pole.

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