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  • November 1, 2007

    The 101 Department: Lobbying for a Better Disposition

    Shelters that seize animals from dogfighters or abusers often have to hold the victims for months while the cases make their way through the court system. Learn how bond and forfeiture laws can help lessen the burdens of long-term holding.

  • September 1, 2007

    They Fought for the Law—and They Won

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

  • September 1, 2007

    Better Cooperation Leads to Better Outcomes in Vermont

    A new system that streamlines responsibilities for handling cruelty cases is helping the Addison County Humane Society in Vermont achieve better outcomes for animals.

  • July 1, 2007

    Only You (and Up-to-Code Fire Standards) Can Prevent Shelter Fires

    Florida's animal shelters are all too accustomed to coping with the hurricanes that sweep over the region. But disaster recently came in a different form to the Sunshine State, where two shelters were severely damaged by fires that broke out on the premises and killed dozens of animals.

  • July 1, 2007

    The 101 Department: Animal CSI: Gathering the Evidence

    Animal cruelty cases may end in the courtroom, but they start at the scene'and they can be made or broken by the quality of the evidence you gather. Here's a beginner's guide to assembling the pieces of your case.

  • May 1, 2007

    Not Your Father's Courtroom

    Lawyer and author Carolyn Matlack hopes to make animals "sentient property" in the eyes of the law.

  • March 1, 2007

    Creature Feature: The Tortoise and the Scare

    When the executive director of a Florida shelter saw developers moving into a space across the street, she feared for the lives of the gopher tortoises who already lived there. A unique collaboration saved the reptiles from the roaring bulldozers of development.

  • 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?

  • November 1, 2006

    What Happens to Hoarders?

    Ever wonder what happens to an animal hoarding case once it leaves the headlines? Though results of recent research on this topic are sobering, they provide a roadmap for improving our collective response to hoarding cases.

  • November 1, 2006

    Identity Complex

    In the second of a two-part interview with sociologist and author Arnold Arluke, Associate Editor Carrie Allan elicits Arluke's observations on euthanasia-related dynamics in animal shelters.

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