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  • 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.

  • May 1, 2010

    Volunteer Management: Take Time for Training

    Both inexperienced and expert volunteers can be helpful to your program, but the last thing you want to do is bring in "green" volunteers and fail to provide them the training they need. Learn how to match volunteers' skill sets to the tasks that need to be done.

  • 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

    Coffee Break: Naming Adoptable Animals

    In your space, you told us how your organization handles naming adoptable animals, who does it, if any names are forbidden, and whether some names have more appeal to adopters.

  • March 1, 2010

    The Right Way to Transport

    In order to help groups around the country achieve more uniform standards, the National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS) recently released protocols that explore the best practices for animal transfer programs.

  • January 1, 2010

    To the Rescue: Caws for Alarm

    A humane officer in California branches out to attempt a daring, aerial rescue to free a trapped bird.

  • January 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: Discrimination at the Adoption Counter

    An attorney who specializes in animal law tackles the issue of discrimination, explaining how to make sure your adoption decisions don't leave your organization vulnerable to legal threats.

  • November 1, 2009

    The "101" Department: Let's See Some ID

    Although failing to identify animals properly in the shelter environment can have dire consequences, many agencies continue to overlook this crucial task.

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