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  • 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

    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.

  • March 1, 2010

    The Soft Touch

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

  • November 1, 2009

    Hounding Shelters

    The tradition of hound hunting poses major problems for shelters in Virginia. Every year during'and especially after'hunting season, they are flooded with hounds who are either stray, abandoned, or relinquished by hunters who no longer want to take care of them.

  • July 1, 2009

    For the Comfort of Canines

    A new DVD shows and tells shelters how to keep their dogs comfortable, healthy, and stimulated'with an eye toward encouraging the positive behaviors the dogs will need to be accepted in their new families.

  • March 1, 2009

    The "101" Department: Shiny Happy Pooches

    Dogs don't ask for a lot of grooming, but the potential adopters visiting your shelter probably prefer a well-tended pooch to a matted stinkball. Here are some basic tips for making your pups look presentable.

  • March 1, 2009

    Helping Workplaces Go To the Dogs

    Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide to Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces, a new book published by The HSUS, explains why dogs at work can be good for employees' souls as well as the organization's bottom line.

  • March 1, 2009

    When it Comes to Dogs, Big is Still Beautiful ???

    Restrictive rental housing and tough economic times have shelters struggling to place large dogs.

  • September 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Canine Play: The Good, the Bad, and the Squeaky

    It's not all fun and games! Playtime for pooches can be more complex than adopters realize. Dr. Patricia McConnell gives some important tips to keep canine play from getting out of hand.

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