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  • July 1, 2007

    Only You (and Up-to-Code Fire Standards) Can Prevent Shelter Fires

    Florida's animal shelters are all too accustomed to coping with the hurricanes that sweep over the region. But disaster recently came in a different form to the Sunshine State, where two shelters were severely damaged by fires that broke out on the premises and killed dozens of animals.

  • July 1, 2007

    The Price of Leaving Them Behind

    Though most shelters are eager to provide a safe haven for animals in need, some are wary of crossing the line between taking every animal and enabling abandonment. Here is a look at the pros and cons of surrender fees and appointment systems.

  • July 1, 2007

    The Price is Right?

    Aiming to increase revenue and highlight overlooked animals, many organizations raise adoption fees on their most popular pets. We talk to organizations that have tested the waters.

  • July 1, 2007

    The 101 Department: Animal CSI: Gathering the Evidence

    Animal cruelty cases may end in the courtroom, but they start at the scene'and they can be made or broken by the quality of the evidence you gather. Here's a beginner's guide to assembling the pieces of your case.

  • July 1, 2007

    People Power: Bobbie Thompson

    Nearly 25 years ago, Bobbie Thompson read an article in the Milledgeville, Ga., newspaper about the need for volunteers at the beleaguered local humane society. Decades later, as president and board chairman of Animal Rescue Foundation Inc. (ARF), she still works for the organization without pay.

  • May 1, 2007

    Off Leash: Extreme Makeover

    The volunteer room in a California shelter gets a makeover'and an appearance on local TV.

  • May 1, 2007

    Not Your Father's Courtroom

    Lawyer and author Carolyn Matlack hopes to make animals "sentient property" in the eyes of the law.

  • March 1, 2007

    The Behavior Department: The Basics of Shelter Dog Training

    Mychelle Blake discusses the benefits of training and socialization for shelter dogs and outlines the training methods that have worked best in her sessions with volunteers.

  • March 1, 2007

    Creature Feature: The Tortoise and the Scare

    When the executive director of a Florida shelter saw developers moving into a space across the street, she feared for the lives of the gopher tortoises who already lived there. A unique collaboration saved the reptiles from the roaring bulldozers of development.

  • November 1, 2006

    What Happens to Hoarders?

    Ever wonder what happens to an animal hoarding case once it leaves the headlines? Though results of recent research on this topic are sobering, they provide a roadmap for improving our collective response to hoarding cases.

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