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  • 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.

  • November 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: Whose Animal is it?

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

  • November 1, 2010

    Rescued from Squalor

    Through the lens of one hoarding seizure in Mississippi, we look at the phenomenon of hoarding, and explore ways that even smaller shelters can prepare to handle a major case.

  • September 1, 2010

    Q & A: Force for Good

    The behind-the-scenes legwork put in by the Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force makes dramatic puppy mill rescues possible.

  • July 1, 2010

    Carriage Horse Update

    While a bill recently adopted by the New York City Council calls for some improvements in the way carriage horses are treated, advocates are disappointed by how little the measure does to protect these animals.

  • May 1, 2010

    An Unexpected Truth

    When a new breed-specific ordinance in Omaha threatened to undo all the work the Nebraska Humane Society had put into trying to place some of the shelter's pit bulls and pit bull mixes, the organization made the best of an unfortunate situation.

  • May 1, 2010

    Humane Law Forum: "Do Not Adopt"? More Like "Do Not Forward"

    Animal welfare advocates and shelter staff may have the best of intentions when they forward an e-mailed "DNA" (Do Not Adopt) recommendation. But doing so can test the limits of free speech and even stray into illegality, possibly leading to claims of defamation, libel, or slander.

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