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  • November 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Black Bears

    If your shelter ever receives calls from folks who are panicked at the prospect of seeing a black bear in their backyard, check out these tips for talking them through simple ways to discourage bears from entering their property.

  • November 1, 2009

    Hounding Shelters

    The tradition of hound hunting poses major problems for shelters in Virginia. Every year during'and especially after'hunting season, they are flooded with hounds who are either stray, abandoned, or relinquished by hunters who no longer want to take care of them.

  • September 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Tree Squirrels

    Our wildlife expert offers tips you can pass on to homeowners who call you for advice about how to get rid of squirrels who have taken up residence in their attics and chimneys.

  • September 1, 2009

    Q & A: Seeking Higher Ground for Animals in Disasters

    In her recently released Filling the Ark, author and sociologist Leslie Irvine argues for better catastrophe planning and a new view of animals. She discusses her work and her on-the-ground experiences following Hurricane Katrina.

  • September 1, 2009

    Fire & Ice

    The season that brought the worst ice storm in decades to Massachusetts brought the worst bushfires in history to the Australian state of Victoria. In this double feature, two shelter staff who worked through the disasters tell their stories, and emphasize the value of being prepared.

  • September 1, 2009

    Stepping into the Wild

    Some nuisance wildlife control firms have a reputation for mistreating animals, but shelters can spur the industry to raise its standards.

  • July 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Prowling the Divide

    After years of debate about the place of feral cats in our society, bird lovers and feline advocates are making peace for the sake of the animals.

  • July 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Skunks

    While close encounters with skunks can stink, our wildlife expert offers tips (and a surefire recipe for odor removal) for helping people and their pets live in harmony with these creatures.

  • July 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: The Best Medicine

    Upper respiratory infections in cats are an ongoing challenge for shelter staff seeking to keep their kitties healthy and adoptable. Brenda Griffin, D.V.M., lays the groundwork for an approach to keep cats wheeze-free.

  • May 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: Handling Large Scale Raids

    Animals brought to shelters in mass numbers don't just come from animal hoarders. They may also arrive from raids on puppy mills, pet shops, or illegal animal shipments, or be victims of natural or manmade disasters. All shelters should have a plan in place for handling the influx when such situations occur.

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