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  • March 1, 2009

    The Behavior Department: Enriching a Shelter Dog's Experience

    Making a shelter dog's life richer can be as simple as smearing some peanut butter on a rubber toy. Even if you're pressed for time, there are easy ways to spice up your dogs' daily routines through environmental enrichment.

  • January 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: How Much Care is Enough?

    The explosion of new medical information and treatment options has created ethical quandaries for shelters: How much care is enough? What can the shelter afford to spend? Lila Miller offers her thoughts on making treatment decisions.

  • January 1, 2009

    People Power: Philip Bushby

    Though Philip Bushby teaches at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he is rarely on campus. Instead, he is on the road three to six days a week, carrying out his life's work and passion-changing the veterinary profession's attitudes toward animal welfare.

  • November 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Passion for Shelter Work'and for Cats

    In this introductory column, our new veterinary columnist, Dr. Brenda Griffin, tells of her pioneering pursuit into shelter medicine, and how listening to her heart changed her life.

  • September 1, 2008

    Field Trip: Give a Dog a Bone

    Corinne Dowling, a volunteer with San Francisco Animal Care and Control, started Give a Dog a Bone with the goal of improving the quality of life for the 300-400 dogs who end up in municipal protective custody each year.

  • September 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: To Test or Not to Test

    Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus are the bad boys of the microbial kitty kingdom, but when is it in your shelter's best interest to test for these diseases? Here's a prescription shelters can use to inoculate the dilemma.

  • September 1, 2008

    Q & A: Keeping Feral Cats Healthy

    Dr. Gordon Stull of the Burlington County Feral Cat Initiative discusses the feline health benefits of TNR and the challenges feral cat colonies are facing today.

  • July 1, 2008

    Knowing When to Nip it in the Buds

    A survey of scientific literature suggests the healthiest age to spay and neuter pets.

  • July 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Matter of Measurement

    The questions seem simple enough: How much space do you have in your shelter, and how much do you need? But Dr. Kate Hurley explores how the equation gets complicated by various factors.

  • May 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Sick to Death

    Dr. Kate Hurley suggests shelter operators learn as much about crowding as they can in order to navigate its tricky intersection with animal welfare and shelter population management.

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