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  • May 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Burning Out on Behavior

    While shelter work can provide trainers great personal satisfaction and a sense of purpose, it can also be a huge source of stress.

  • January 1, 2008

    I Chose a Child's Face Over My Dog

    Jon Katz, author of A Good Dog, talks about aggression and the difficult choices faced by dog owners and shelters.

  • January 1, 2008

    Support Your Local Euthanasia Technician

    A recent study gathers stress-reduction ideas from those in the most difficult jobs.

  • January 1, 2008

    What is a Good Death?

    While communities across the country work to reduce euthanasia rates, some shelters struggle with a more fundamental issue: ending the use of the carbon monoxide chamber.

  • November 1, 2007

    Take This Job and ... Improve It

    A recent study examines the effects of euthanasia and human resource practices on employee turnover in animal shelters.

  • September 1, 2007

    Judgment Calls

    Interactions between the adoption counselor and the potential adopter are always charged with uncertainty. We present essays from both sides of the counter.

  • September 1, 2007

    Coffee Break: Does Your Job Follow You Everywhere?

    In your space, you talk about how your phone is practically glued to your ear and how your job even follows you on vacation.

  • September 1, 2007

    They Fought for the Law—and They Won

    New legislation in New Mexico addresses shelter standards and euthanasia licensing.

  • May 1, 2007

    Coffee Break: How Do You Cope with Burnout?

    When your work becomes overwhelming and you start to burn out, how do you regain a positive attitude and find the strength to continue? That's the question we asked, and you responded with all sorts of mood-improving methods'from seeing friends to reading a good book to spending time with animals.

  • January 1, 2007

    Constructing Personal Identity in Animal Shelters

    Sociologist Arnold Arluke examines shelters' euthanasia policies from an unusual perspective: How do they affect the way shelter workers define themselves?

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