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  • January 1, 2010

    Making It Work

    Amber Van Leuken, grant writer (and former assistant manager) at the Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista, Colo., recounts how the shelter revamped its volunteer program to fit its needs, rather than simply making do with whoever walked in the door that day.

  • 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.

  • September 1, 2009

    Field Trip: United Against Puppy Mills

    Just four years after its inception, United Against Puppy Mills, a group that focuses on public awareness, legislation, and zoning, has had a significant impact on the lives of dogs in Pennsylvania.

  • September 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: Leading Change at Your Shelter

    Changes to a volunteer program require thoughtful and deliberate planning and action. A common mistake is to rush into making multiple changes without laying the groundwork to ensure success. Here's how to avoid that error by moving forward in stages.

  • May 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: Building a Successful Volunteer Program

    Animal shelters are often so desperate for volunteers to offset their small budgets that their volunteer programs are developed quickly, with very little structure or planning. A more successful approach is to step back, slow down, and plan a volunteer program in a series of building blocks, in order to prevent major problems and support healthy growth.

  • March 1, 2009

    Katrina's Silver Lining

    Before the storm, animal welfare advocates were often left out of state and federal disaster planning. But the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina made the link between saving animals' lives and saving humans' all too clear.

  • January 1, 2009

    The End of the Chain?

    Despite the dangers and humane concerns posed by persistent dog chaining, the practice of tethering dogs around the clock is not disappearing overnight. Learn how the problem is being addressed around the country, and what you can do to help your community pass more progressive laws.

  • January 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: During Tough Times, Fund What's Free

    In this new department, two experienced volunteer managers make the case that, during tough economic times, a well-managed team of shelter volunteers is more important than ever.

  • January 1, 2009

    Q & A: Calling in the Cavalry

    Jill Lancon, director of Marion County Animal Services in Florida, describes the rescue of 126 horses, full size and miniature, in an unusual hoarding case.

  • November 1, 2008

    Please Curb Your Volunteer

    Problem volunteers can create a major challenge for shelter managers seeking to channel their work into productive, progressive operations. Learn some strategies to build and maintain a strong volunteer program.

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