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  • November 1, 2009

    Hounding Shelters

    The tradition of hound hunting poses major problems for shelters in Virginia. Every year during'and especially after'hunting season, they are flooded with hounds who are either stray, abandoned, or relinquished by hunters who no longer want to take care of them.

  • September 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Tree Squirrels

    Our wildlife expert offers tips you can pass on to homeowners who call you for advice about how to get rid of squirrels who have taken up residence in their attics and chimneys.

  • September 1, 2009

    Stepping into the Wild

    Some nuisance wildlife control firms have a reputation for mistreating animals, but shelters can spur the industry to raise its standards.

  • July 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Prowling the Divide

    After years of debate about the place of feral cats in our society, bird lovers and feline advocates are making peace for the sake of the animals.

  • July 1, 2009

    Wild Things: Skunks

    While close encounters with skunks can stink, our wildlife expert offers tips (and a surefire recipe for odor removal) for helping people and their pets live in harmony with these creatures.

  • July 1, 2009

    The "101" Department: Tooling Around

    High-tech gear is changing the face of animal control, but is it just "boys and their toys"?

  • July 1, 2009

    The Few, the Proud, the Animal Control Officers

    While it hasn't always had the prettiest history, the animal control field has become far more professional, progressive, and humane over the years.

  • July 1, 2009

    Out of Control, Into Compassion

    Progressive agencies are changing the way animal control does business, reconciling the need to protect the public with the goal of saving animals' lives.

  • May 1, 2009

    Coffee Break: Your Most Difficult Field Rescue Operation

    In your space, you told us about your most difficult and interesting field rescues. Many of you mentioned animals trapped in unusual places, some of you mentioned hoarding incidents, others dealt with unusual species.

  • May 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Too Cute for the Room?

    Chinchillas are insanely cute'and that can prove to be a problem if infatuated new owners fail to research the exotic rodents' substantial care needs. Learn what's out and what's in when it comes to advising someone on adopting a chin.

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