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  • January 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Animal Cruelty: Where We Are, Where We Should Be

    The veterinarian's role in cruelty cases has often been limited, but Dr. Lila Miller says that needs to change.

  • January 1, 2008

    What is a Good Death?

    While communities across the country work to reduce euthanasia rates, some shelters struggle with a more fundamental issue: ending the use of the carbon monoxide chamber.

  • January 1, 2008

    The 101 Department: Make Your Case: How to Testify in Court

    A day on the witness stand can make even the most gregarious animal control officer nervous, but our tips on providing effective court testimony can prepare you for the crossest of cross examinations.

  • November 1, 2007

    The 101 Department: Lobbying for a Better Disposition

    Shelters that seize animals from dogfighters or abusers often have to hold the victims for months while the cases make their way through the court system. Learn how bond and forfeiture laws can help lessen the burdens of long-term holding.

  • September 1, 2007

    Better Cooperation Leads to Better Outcomes in Vermont

    A new system that streamlines responsibilities for handling cruelty cases is helping the Addison County Humane Society in Vermont achieve better outcomes for animals.

  • September 1, 2007

    They Fought for the Law—and They Won

    New legislation in New Mexico addresses shelter standards and euthanasia licensing.

  • July 1, 2007

    Only You (and Up-to-Code Fire Standards) Can Prevent Shelter Fires

    Florida's animal shelters are all too accustomed to coping with the hurricanes that sweep over the region. But disaster recently came in a different form to the Sunshine State, where two shelters were severely damaged by fires that broke out on the premises and killed dozens of animals.

  • July 1, 2007

    The 101 Department: Animal CSI: Gathering the Evidence

    Animal cruelty cases may end in the courtroom, but they start at the scene'and they can be made or broken by the quality of the evidence you gather. Here's a beginner's guide to assembling the pieces of your case.

  • May 1, 2007

    Not Your Father's Courtroom

    Lawyer and author Carolyn Matlack hopes to make animals "sentient property" in the eyes of the law.

  • March 1, 2007

    Creature Feature: The Tortoise and the Scare

    When the executive director of a Florida shelter saw developers moving into a space across the street, she feared for the lives of the gopher tortoises who already lived there. A unique collaboration saved the reptiles from the roaring bulldozers of development.

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