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  • March 1, 2011

    Off Leash: You Deserve a Break Today

    Lunch breaks aren't just for humans at one Wisconsin shelter where staff members pair up with dogs to give the pups extra attention, treats, and time outside the kennel.

  • March 1, 2011

    Mouthpieces: People Aren't the Only Ones Who Get the Sniffles and Sneezes

    This edition of Mouthpieces provides an amusing and effective reminder to your human visitors to clean their hands after visiting with each animal so that all of the animals in your care can stay healthy.

  • March 1, 2011

    Back to Basics: Shelter Cat Enrichment

    For felines who are stressed by life in the shelter, one cat behavior specialist advocates "behavioral CPR," using interactive play sessions to bring back cats who sit frozen in their cage or litter box, unresponsive to visitors.

  • March 1, 2011

    The "101" Department: Conducting a Basic Intake Exam

    The HSUS Shelter Services team offers expert tips on how to conduct a ten-minute intake exam on every animal that comes into your shelter -- and the importance of doing so.

  • January 1, 2011

    Shelter Medicine: The Kindest Cut of All

    Veterinary columnist Brenda Griffin addresses common questions and concerns about pediatric spay/neuter, as well as the immeasurable value it has in curtailing pet overpopulation.

  • January 1, 2011

    Q & A: Gold Standards—and Bare Minimums

    Nearly a decade in the making, the animal care guidelines developed for the sheltering field by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will be released this spring.

  • January 1, 2011

    Can You Hear Me Now?

    Are howls and woofs the inevitable soundtrack at a shelter? Not necessarily. You can turn down the volume through a variety of methods, from innovative design or retrofitting to clicker training and enrichment programs.

  • November 1, 2010

    Behavior Department: Turning Fearful Cats Friendly

    Learn about a behavior training method that recognizes fearful cats not as a lost cause in the shelter environment, but as a puzzle to be solved.

  • September 1, 2010

    Volunteer Management: The Tracks of My Volunteers

    While it can be difficult for volunteer managers to find time to create and maintain a system to track information related to their volunteers, doing so will ultimately save time and help you get the most out of your volunteers.

  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

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