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  • September 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: Not Like Starting Over

    In her final column for Animal Sheltering, Hilary Anne Hager offers takeaway lessons she's learned during 10 years of volunteer management in animal care environments--key among them that there's no need to reinvent the wheel.

  • September 1, 2011

    The ASV Guidelines in Real Life: Taking Them In

    What happens—or doesn’t happen—when an animal enters a shelter can affect an individual pet’s ultimate outcome, as well as impact the health of an entire shelter population.

  • July 1, 2011

    Is a Nonprofit/Government Merger Good for Your Community?

    The current economic slump has many municipalities looking at nonprofit animal care and control organizations to provide them with some form of support. But would such an arrangement work well for your organiztion and community?

  • July 1, 2011

    Behavior Department: Kitty in Their Hands

    Fledgling fosterers have a lot to learn before embarking on their first kitty-mentoring adventure. In this article, veteran fosterers offer their advice -- and their practical knowledge and experiences are worth their weight in kitten chow.

  • July 1, 2011

    Q & A: Battling Shelter Overpopulation—by the Numbers

    Author Peter Marsh says it's time for animal shelters to work smarter in the battle against overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia by using a data-driven approach to effectively target their programs.

  • May 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: People Who Need People

    Recruiting new volunteers should wait until you've built a strong foundation, and your program can handle the increase in numbers. Here's how to find the right people.

  • 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

    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

    To the Rescue: Late for Dinner … Luckily

    A bizarre cruelty case leads to a new home for New York's "marinated" cat.

  • January 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: Avoiding the Bait and Switch

    Whether they work in a truly volunteer-positive environment or one that's still struggling to make the employee/volunteer gears mesh effectively, it's vital that volunteer coordinators be honest with prospective volunteers about what to expect.

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