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  • 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.

  • 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

    Field Trip: Washington Animal Rescue League

    Learn about the Washington Animal Rescue League's newly renovated facility, beneficial partnerships with other animal welfare groups, bustling medical center, and more.

  • 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.

  • November 1, 2008

    To the Rescue: Bringing Them Home, But Not For Bacon

    In the course of saving dozens of dehydrated, malnourished, and severely sunburned Iowa pigs stranded on a Mississippi River levee by flooding, rescuers found they had to move beyond the initial rescue plan. Way beyond.

  • September 15, 2008

    Sample Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Documents from Local Organizations

    View documents created and used by local organizations and groups around the country to prepare their facilities for disasters and other emergencies.

  • September 1, 2008

    Green's Gonna Getcha

    Choosing an environmentally friendly route for your animal shelter can offer healthier, more natural, and more cost-effective means of operation, but with potential hurdles down the road, it's wise to look both ways before going green.

  • July 1, 2008

    Will Your Response be a Natural Disaster?

    A mock shelter evacuation illuminates the good, the bad, and the potentially lethal during crisis response.

  • March 1, 2008

    To the Rescue: Into the Fire

    With flames threatening people and animals, rescuers in California braved the heat of blazing wildfires that were closing in on San Diego.

  • March 1, 2008

    The Gulf Coast Will Rise Again

    While many challenges still lie ahead for shelters in the Gulf Coast region two years after Hurricane Katrina, one observer sees signs of progress everywhere.

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