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  • May 1, 2010

    Q & A: Unchained

    Haunted by scenes of neglect and cruelty she'd witnessed as a result of pets being chained for long periods'sometimes until they starved to death'Paulette Dean, executive director of the Danville Area Humane Society, was determined to end the practice in her Virginia community.

  • May 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: "Do Not Adopt"? More Like "Do Not Forward"

    Animal welfare advocates and shelter staff may have the best of intentions when they forward an e-mailed "DNA" (Do Not Adopt) recommendation. But doing so can test the limits of free speech and even stray into illegality, possibly leading to claims of defamation, libel, or slander.

  • January 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: Discrimination at the Adoption Counter

    An attorney who specializes in animal law tackles the issue of discrimination, explaining how to make sure your adoption decisions don't leave your organization vulnerable to legal threats.

  • 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

    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

    Field Trip: United Against Puppy Mills

    Just four years after its inception, United Against Puppy Mills, a group that focuses on public awareness, legislation, and zoning, has had a significant impact on the lives of dogs in Pennsylvania.

  • 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.

  • May 1, 2009

    To the Rescue: Facing the Flames

    Wildfires don't deter animal control supervisor from saving hundreds of pets, livestock

  • 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.

  • January 1, 2009

    The End of the Chain?

    Despite the dangers and humane concerns posed by persistent dog chaining, the practice of tethering dogs around the clock is not disappearing overnight. Learn how the problem is being addressed around the country, and what you can do to help your community pass more progressive laws.

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