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  • May 1, 2010

    Trotting on Empty

    To some, horse-drawn carriage rides are a New York City tradition, an enjoyable way to experience the beauty of Central Park or the bustle of Times Square. Others, though, are decrying the horses' "nose-to-tailpipe" existence and calling for the business to be discontinued.

  • May 1, 2010

    A Tribute to Mutts

    Once disparaged as "mongrels," mixed-breed dogs are actually the ultimate hybrids'each one like a purebred unto itself. Shelters might do well to follow the example of boutique stores and let the public know that their available mutts are really something unique'a treat for true dog lovers.

  • March 1, 2010

    Banking on Generosity to Feed Hungry Animals

    In hard economic times, pet food pantries supply a lifeline to struggling pet owners and their furry companions.

  • March 1, 2010

    The "101" Department: Helping Cats Find Their Happy Place

    A cat adoption space should appeal to both felines and the people who come to see them. Learn how shelters are sprucing up their cat rooms with elements that keep cats engaged and please potential adopters, too.

  • March 1, 2010

    Maintaining the Bond

    Get the scoop on Pets for Life New York City, an HSUS pilot program dedicated to helping people resolve problems that otherwise could lead to surrender, abandonment, or neglect of their animals.

  • January 1, 2010

    People Power: Stemming the Tide of Pet Overpopulation in Alabama

    Former ACO Donald Kendrick is a one-man band, spreading the word about spay/neuter and connecting pet owners to low-cost options in their area.

  • January 1, 2010

    On the Inside, Looking Out

    In 2005, inmates at San Quentin State Prison began working with dogs from a local shelter, helping to socialize and prepare the canines for new homes. It's not a unique program: Dozens of prisons around the country have teamed up with area shelters and rescue groups.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Catnip Conundrum

    While the subject of catnip has provoked the occasional heated discussion on shelter listservs over the years, the experts interviewed for this story agreed that, for the majority of cats, there's nothing to ponder: Life is much more interesting with catnip.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Clicking with Shelter Cats

    Did you know that clickers can be used to benefit cats as well as dogs? A handful of volunteers, armed with clickers, fresh treats, and a few simple instructions, can reduce feline stress and bring shelter cats out of their shells.

  • November 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: Scaredy Cat or Feral Cat?

    In the shelter, it's hard to tell the difference between truly feral cats and those who are tame but acting frightened and reactive. The way you handle these cats can make all the difference'with time and TLC, they will show their true colors.

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