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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

    Get Smart—and Certified—at HSU

    Humane Society University, an affiliate of The HSUS, has received a license as a higher education degree-granting institution by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. What does that mean for you? Read on.

  • November 1, 2009

    At Their Service ... with a Smile

    As the massive Shelter Pet Project campaign reaches out to communities nationwide, the potential for increased adoptions is huge. Many people will attempt to adopt a pet for the first time, and their experiences have the potential to impact shelters for years to come.

  • September 1, 2009

    The "101" Department: Grant Us This Day

    While grant money can be used for all sorts of lifesaving projects at shelters and rescues, the process for applying for foundation funds can be intimidating and time consuming. Fortunately, there's a lot of great information available to grant writing newbies.

  • July 1, 2009

    For the Comfort of Canines

    A new DVD shows and tells shelters how to keep their dogs comfortable, healthy, and stimulated'with an eye toward encouraging the positive behaviors the dogs will need to be accepted in their new families.

  • May 1, 2009

    Climbing the Ladder

    Animal shelters have come a long way, largely due to the ever-increasing professional experience and qualifications of the folks who run them. If you want to make a lifelong career of sheltering, if you hope to gradually climb the ladder from scooping poop and walking dogs to guiding the direction of an organization, it's not enough to simply love animals'you must develop your skills. Here's how to do it.

  • March 1, 2009

    The "101" Department: Shiny Happy Pooches

    Dogs don't ask for a lot of grooming, but the potential adopters visiting your shelter probably prefer a well-tended pooch to a matted stinkball. Here are some basic tips for making your pups look presentable.

  • May 1, 2008

    The "101" Department: Getting to Know You

    Creating a good cage card can be a critical tool for keeping track of the animals in your care and helping potential adopters to find their furry soulmate.

  • March 1, 2008

    The Gulf Coast Will Rise Again

    While many challenges still lie ahead for shelters in the Gulf Coast region two years after Hurricane Katrina, one observer sees signs of progress everywhere.

  • March 1, 2008

    Make Your Shelter Beautiful

    Check out Zootoo.com, a new website where pet lovers rate and review pet services and products.

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