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  • September 1, 2010

    Field Trip: New Canine Cool in Kansas City

    The recent renovation of the Wayside Waifs Humane Society dog adoption center provides many benefits to the shelter's staff, volunteers, potential adopters, and canine residents.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Dealing with a Small Problem

    Most shelters weren't built with the needs of little dogs in mind, but there are steps that staff and volunteers can take that will make the environment much better for them. One shelter director created a special area just for the little guys 'Smallville' that resulted in remarkable behavior improvements.

  • May 1, 2009

    To the Rescue: Facing the Flames

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

  • 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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