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  • September 1, 2010

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

  • July 1, 2010

    Off Leash: Bright is the New Black

    Marti Houge's bright bandanas give color-challenged pooches a better chance of catching someone's eye.

  • July 1, 2010

    Spay it Ain't So

    Study on ovary retention and longevity shouldn't affect shelter spaying practices.

  • May 1, 2010

    Off Leash: Meet the REAL Slum Dogs of India

    During a trip to India, British photographer Eloise Leyden stumbled upon Tree of Life for Animals, a nonprofit that cares for former street dogs at its sanctuary in Pushkar. The people (and canines) she met there played a role in the creation of her photography book, Slum Dogs of India.

  • May 1, 2010

    Off Leash: Meet the REAL Slum Dogs of India

    During a trip to India, British photographer Eloise Leyden stumbled upon Tree of Life for Animals, a nonprofit that cares for former street dogs at its sanctuary in Pushkar. The people (and canines) she met there played a role in the creation of her photography book, Slum Dogs of India.

  • 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

    The Soft Touch

    Molding "hard" dogs into "soft" dogs may be easier than you think'and it also saves lives.

  • 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.

  • November 1, 2009

    Mouthpieces: Why Are the Kitties Sneezing?

    This installment of Mouthpieces provides information on the prevalance and relative innocence of upper respiratory infections in shelter cats, and encourages potential adopters to look past the sniffles when seeking their perfect feline companion.

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