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  • July 1, 2011

    Q & A: Battling Shelter Overpopulation—by the Numbers

    Author Peter Marsh says it's time for animal shelters to work smarter in the battle against overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia by using a data-driven approach to effectively target their programs.

  • July 1, 2011

    Humane Law Forum: After the Adoption

    What happens when an enraged adopter tells you that the dog who came to you as a stray, and behaved himself so beautifully at the shelter, has bitten a neighbor without provocation? Is your shelter legally responsible?

  • March 1, 2011

    Humane Law Forum: Avoiding Adopter Roulette

    Does a shelter have the right to reclaim an adopted animal if the adopter violates the adoption agreement by giving the animal away? Our expert sorts through the basics of contract law to answer this question.

  • January 1, 2011

    A License to Succeed

    Calgary's mandatory licensing program for dogs and cats not only produces nearly enough revenue to cover the cost of providing animal services to a city of 1.1 million people, but also enjoys widespread buy-in from the public.

  • November 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: Whose Animal is it?

    Our legal expert explains the importance of establishing ownership in surrender cases.

  • July 1, 2010

    Carriage Horse Update

    While a bill recently adopted by the New York City Council calls for some improvements in the way carriage horses are treated, advocates are disappointed by how little the measure does to protect these animals.

  • May 1, 2010

    An Unexpected Truth

    When a new breed-specific ordinance in Omaha threatened to undo all the work the Nebraska Humane Society had put into trying to place some of the shelter's pit bulls and pit bull mixes, the organization made the best of an unfortunate situation.

  • May 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: "Do Not Adopt"? More Like "Do Not Forward"

    Animal welfare advocates and shelter staff may have the best of intentions when they forward an e-mailed "DNA" (Do Not Adopt) recommendation. But doing so can test the limits of free speech and even stray into illegality, possibly leading to claims of defamation, libel, or slander.

  • May 1, 2010

    Trotting on Empty

    To some, horse-drawn carriage rides are a New York City tradition, an enjoyable way to experience the beauty of Central Park or the bustle of Times Square. Others, though, are decrying the horses' "nose-to-tailpipe" existence and calling for the business to be discontinued.

  • May 1, 2010

    Q & A: Unchained

    Haunted by scenes of neglect and cruelty she'd witnessed as a result of pets being chained for long periods'sometimes until they starved to death'Paulette Dean, executive director of the Danville Area Humane Society, was determined to end the practice in her Virginia community.

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