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  • July 1, 2004

    What's Happening: Wildlife

    HSUS Urban Wildlife Program Director John Hadidian considers the role animal shelters might play in humanely resolving conflicts between people and wildlife living in their communities.

  • January 1, 2004

    The Well-Equipped Animal Control Officer

    In one of her famous "Just Wright" columns printed in the early editions of this magazine, former HSUS Vice President Phyllis Wright advised animal control officers and others in the field to be choosy in their selection of equipment. "When new products are brought to your attention, always evaluate them from the animals' point of view," she wrote. And around the country, animal-minded ACOs like Officer Jones of Studly County have been doing just that for decades now'trying to get inside the brains of the species they shelter and protect.

  • July 1, 2003

    New Academy Offers Training to East Coast ACOs

    For East Coast agencies that want their officers to receive excellent training but don't have the budget to send them to conferences all over the country, a new educational resource will provide an opportunity for learning without the drawbacks of long-distance travel.

  • July 1, 2003

    Both Sides Now

    After more than two decades in the trenches at Alachua County Animal Services in Gainesville, Florida, John Snyder "crossed over" to work for The Humane Society of the United States. But he's not on the "dark side"'he's on everybody's side, doing what he can to help both public and private agencies get the respect and resources they need from their communities.

  • July 1, 2003

    Book Gives ACOs a Lesson in Crafting Lesson Plans

    If you'd like to talk to local elementary school students about what you do but you aren't sure where to begin, a new book from the National Association of Humane and Environmental Education can help.

  • March 1, 2003

    In Practice: Good Samaritan Postcards

    Developed by Kate Pullen when she was the director of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria in Virginia, the card was designed to thank people who care enough to pick up strays and deliver them to the shelter.

  • January 1, 2003

    ShelterSpeak: Categorizing Animals According to Adoptability

    Do you categorize your animals according to levels of adoptability and nonadoptability? Why or why not? And if the answer is yes, what method of categorizing do you use and why? How do you present your statistics to the public?

  • January 1, 2003

    AVMA Survey Confirms Cat's Status as Top Dog

    Cats still rule the roost as America???s number-one pet, but dogs rule more roosts overall, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association???s latest national survey on pet ownership.

  • January 1, 2003

    Training Film Helps Police Fight Animal Abuse

    Law enforcement officers who need to learn more about investigating cruelty cases will find a new training video a valuable tool.

  • January 1, 2003

    Customer Service Survey: Field Services

    If you've ever wondered how the public sees your organization, or if you've gotten the sense that your staff may need additional training in client service, a survey is a great tool to help pinpoint where your agency excels and where it could use some improvement. This sample survey from the field services division of the Fort Worth Public Health Department in Texas, which oversees the city's animal care and control, is a great template for developing a questionnaire specific to your agency's needs.

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