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  • May 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Too Cute for the Room?

    Chinchillas are insanely cute'and that can prove to be a problem if infatuated new owners fail to research the exotic rodents' substantial care needs. Learn what's out and what's in when it comes to advising someone on adopting a chin.

  • March 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Moles

    To the consternation of many homeowners, the tunneling handiwork of moles disrupts the sight lines of lawns manicured to perfection and can make mowing a trial. Our wildlife expert offers tips on dealing with these creatues effectively and humanely.

  • March 1, 2009

    Katrina's Silver Lining

    Before the storm, animal welfare advocates were often left out of state and federal disaster planning. But the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina made the link between saving animals' lives and saving humans' all too clear.

  • March 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Turtle Trackers

    When highway construction and development threaten to wipe out box turtle populations, The HSUS and other advocates help these slowpokes stay one step ahead of the bulldozers.

  • January 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Some Pig!

    Consider the plight of potbellied pigs: Once a trendy novelty pet for the rich and famous, they now can be had for a song at local flea markets. And since they're sometimes sold small to people unprepared for the full-grown version, they might end up in your shelter.

  • January 1, 2009

    To Place or Not to Place?

    Households with children younger than 5 should not keep hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, hedgehogs, or other rodents, according to a report in the October 2008 issue (Vol. 122, No. 4) of Pediatrics.

  • January 1, 2009

    Getting a Grip on Infectious Diseases

    A new manual helps shelters battle the common problem of infection control.

  • January 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Mice

    Our wildlife expert provides tips on humanely and effectively preventing house mice from taking up residence in your shelter.

  • November 1, 2008

    Creature Feature: Macaws for Alarm

    A case in Virginia highlights the need for responsible avian sanctuaries'and for better standards of care for the birds caught up in the pet trade.

  • November 1, 2008

    Q & A: A Flood of Emotion

    Dr. Chris Duke of the Bienville Medical Center in Mississippi talks about his community's emotional aftershocks from Katrina, and how residual pet and owner stresses flow into one another.

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