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  • 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

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2010

    The Behavior Department: A Beginner's Guide to Stress Across Species

    It's essential that every species in your shelter receives appropriate, individualized care, which goes a long way toward reducing stress, improving health'and increasing the chances of adoption. Our guide will help you recognize, prevent, and reduce stress in birds and small mammals.

  • July 1, 2010

    People Power: When Life Hands You Stuffing…

    Meet Joan Laisney, the founder and coordinator of Kennel Comforters, a group that makes and delivers pet beds to county shelters and humane societies in the San Diego area. So far, the group has produced nearly 4,700 free beds for shelters.

  • July 1, 2010

    Spay it Ain't So

    Study on ovary retention and longevity shouldn't affect shelter spaying practices.

  • May 1, 2010

    Survey Says ... Get a Cat!

    The Morris Animal Foundation surveyed non-cat owners about their perceptions of cats to gain insight into what may be preventing them from finding those homes. The results show that the next wave of cat owners may come from unexpected segments of society.

  • March 1, 2010

    The "101" Department: Helping Cats Find Their Happy Place

    A cat adoption space should appeal to both felines and the people who come to see them. Learn how shelters are sprucing up their cat rooms with elements that keep cats engaged and please potential adopters, too.

  • March 1, 2010

    Canine Influenza Virus: Fact or Fiction?

    Canine influenza virus, which first grabbed headlines in 2004, is back in the spotlight, thanks in part to the release of the first canine influenza vaccine. How concerned should shelters be? What preventive approaches should they take? Miranda Spindel, the ASPCA's director of veterinary outreach, helps separate fact from fiction.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Catnip Conundrum

    While the subject of catnip has provoked the occasional heated discussion on shelter listservs over the years, the experts interviewed for this story agreed that, for the majority of cats, there's nothing to ponder: Life is much more interesting with catnip.

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