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  • May 1, 2012

    Deep in the Heart of Taxes

    The benefits of tax-exempt status are many, but the process of acquiring it can seem daunting—especially for small rescue or fostering groups. Learn what you need to do to approach the IRS and get that coveted 501(c)(3) status.

  • March 1, 2012

    Law, Order, and Animal Welfare

    Following her two passions—law enforcement and animal welfare—leads an animal control officer to help secure the first felony dogfighting conviction in Washington state.

  • March 1, 2012

    Humane Law Forum: Worth the Risk

    Got people lining up to volunteer for your organization? They’ll bring a ton of great assistance, but they may also present some liability risks. Fear not—they’re risks you can manage with the right approach.

  • November 1, 2011

    Humane Law Forum: Bully Breeds and Leery Landlords

    Our legal expert takes a detailed look at how breed discrimination, particularly in rental housing, affects your shelter.

  • November 1, 2011

    Show Me the Money: Cat Lady Takes on IRS—and Wins

    A U.S. Tax Court decision emphasizes the right of animal welfare volunteers, especially fosterers, to deduct expenses.

  • September 1, 2011

    Off Leash: The Man Behind the Badge(s)

    Through his substantial collection of historic humane officer badges, a Florida man provides a glimpse into the early years of the animal welfare movement.

  • July 1, 2011

    Humane Law Forum: After the Adoption

    What happens when an enraged adopter tells you that the dog who came to you as a stray, and behaved himself so beautifully at the shelter, has bitten a neighbor without provocation? Is your shelter legally responsible?

  • May 1, 2011

    People Power: Staying Centered in San Jose

    Find out how Jon Cicirelli of San Jose Animal Care & Services keeps his cool, stays focused, and makes a positive difference for the animals in his community???even on rough days.

  • March 1, 2011

    Humane Law Forum: Avoiding Adopter Roulette

    Does a shelter have the right to reclaim an adopted animal if the adopter violates the adoption agreement by giving the animal away? Our expert sorts through the basics of contract law to answer this question.

  • January 1, 2011

    A License to Succeed

    Calgary's mandatory licensing program for dogs and cats not only produces nearly enough revenue to cover the cost of providing animal services to a city of 1.1 million people, but also enjoys widespread buy-in from the public.

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