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  • September 1, 2010

    Emergency Planning in a Post-Katrina World

    Animal shelters in nine jurisdictions in Northern Virginia have banded together to make sure that if disaster ever strikes their region, pet owners and their furry best friends will be able to seek refuge together.

  • September 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: You Can't Predict the Future—but You Can Be Ready for It

    In this issue, Mouthpieces addresses what families should do to prepare for an emergency so that all family members, including furry ones, can get through a disaster safely.

  • July 1, 2010

    Book Review: Animal Control Management: A New Look at a Public Responsibility

    Stephen Aronson's comprehensive new book, Animal Control Management: A New Look at a Public Responsibility, should serve as a valuable resource for many in the field, including animal control directors, ACOs, and city managers.

  • July 1, 2010

    Field Trip: Hidden Blessings

    Despite facing Hurricane Katrina and an office fire, a Mississippi shelter survives and thrives enough to expand its spay/neuter efforts and other programs to benefit animals in its community.

  • May 1, 2010

    Field Trip: Parting the Waters

    The grand opening of the St. Bernard Animal Shelter in Louisiana is yet another affirmation that the hurricane-ravaged community is moving on.

  • March 1, 2010

    Canine Influenza Virus: Fact or Fiction?

    Canine influenza virus, which first grabbed headlines in 2004, is back in the spotlight, thanks in part to the release of the first canine influenza vaccine. How concerned should shelters be? What preventive approaches should they take? Miranda Spindel, the ASPCA's director of veterinary outreach, helps separate fact from fiction.

  • 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.

  • 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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