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  • December 15, 2010

    Humane Discourse: Why it Matters

    A discussion about the Humane Discourse and Conduct within Animal Welfare Pledge, a statement rejecting and condemn verbal abuse, threats, and acts of violence directed against animal welfare personnel.

  • November 1, 2010

    In Oil Spill's Wake, Increased Surrenders

    In the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill, the transport of dogs relieves pressure on two overwhelmed Louisiana shelters.

  • November 1, 2010

    Making Spay/Neuter an Inside Job

    A program in Oklahoma provides a model for how subsidized spay/neuter can be made more widely available to low-income residents, through cooperative efforts with local veterinarians in private practice.

  • November 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: Whose Animal is it?

    Our legal expert explains the importance of establishing ownership in surrender cases.

  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

  • September 1, 2010

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • July 1, 2010

    Spay it Ain't So

    Study on ovary retention and longevity shouldn't affect shelter spaying practices.

  • July 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Kittens: Coming Soon to a Shelter Near You

    During the spring and summer'also known as "kitten season" to shelters and rescues'pregnant cats, nursing mothers, and kittens overwhelm facilities across the nation. Shelters have to take extra measures to protect young kittens from exposure to germs, and must provide them with a series of vaccinations, plus high-quality nutrition and proper deworming, to keep those mewing fuzz balls healthy.

  • May 1, 2010

    Coffee Break: Naming Adoptable Animals

    In your space, you told us how your organization handles naming adoptable animals, who does it, if any names are forbidden, and whether some names have more appeal to adopters.

  • March 1, 2010

    Behavior Department: Making Babies? First, Make Baby-Ready Pets

    For a pet who's used to being the center of attention, the arrival of a newborn child can be an upsetting experience. But some shelters are showing expectant parents how to adjust their routines beforehand to make their pets baby-ready and prevent them from being relinquished unnecessarily.

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