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  • May 1, 2010

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • January 1, 2010

    Volunteer Management: A Framework Allowing for Change

    Our columnists'both of whom have recently made career transitions'discuss how the volunteer programs they directed were able to survive during periods of change.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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