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  • September 1, 2006

    Becoming a Foster Parent: Are You Ready?

    Shelters regularly receive inquiries from people who want to foster animals, but the job requires more than just good intentions. In this feature designed for volunteers and potential foster parents, a longtime fosterer provides tips to those interested in becoming temporary caregivers for homeless pets.

  • September 1, 2006

    Fostering Fundamentals

    Here is an excellent primer for volunteers and potential volunteers on how to provide a good foster home to an animal on his way to a lifelong home.

  • September 1, 2006

    Introductions, Please: Helping Foster Dogs Adjust to Temporary Homes

    Fostering dogs can be a rewarding experience or a disastrous one. It all depends on how well you prepare.

  • July 1, 2005

    What’s the Diagnosis?

    New evaluation program aims to help shelters improve staff retention and morale.

  • January 1, 2005

    Workplace Culture Agreement

    The road to a healthy work environment can start with a simple document that describes the ideal interactions among staff.

  • September 1, 2004

    SOPs: Not an Alien Concept

    Standard operating procedures: what they are and how they can help your shelter.

  • March 1, 2004

    ShelterSpeak: Adoption Fees

    Members of The HSUS's National Companion Animals Advisory Group discuss their policies on adoption fees.

  • March 1, 2003

    Do Off-Site Adoption Events Encourage Impulse Decisions?

    Study finds retention rates are similar regardless of adoption venue???and adoption coordinators say it's because they screen carefully no matter where the process occurs.

  • January 1, 2003

    ShelterSpeak: Categorizing Animals According to Adoptability

    Do you categorize your animals according to levels of adoptability and nonadoptability? Why or why not? And if the answer is yes, what method of categorizing do you use and why? How do you present your statistics to the public?

  • January 1, 2003

    Weighing in on the Scales

    HSUS Director of Captive Wildlife Protection Richard Farinato discusses the challenges and consequences of caring for and placing reptiles.

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