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  • November 1, 2011

    Value Added

    A veterinarian explains “social value,” and how to quantify the results of sheltering and animal welfare programs to public officials who make spending decisions, or to those outside the sheltering sphere.

  • July 1, 2011

    A New Day for Fight-Bust Dogs

    Not too long ago, dogs seized from dogfighting rings were assumed to be too dangerous to place. The Michael Vick case and its ensuing media coverage of rehabilitated pit bulls served as a wake-up call that better options exist for these dogs.

  • July 1, 2011

    Show Me the Money: And We're Back

    Telethons can reap rewards, boost adoptions, and showcase shelter programs to the community, but is such an event right for your organization?

  • May 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: People Who Need People

    Recruiting new volunteers should wait until you've built a strong foundation, and your program can handle the increase in numbers. Here's how to find the right people.

  • May 1, 2011

    Walking All the Way to the Bank

    Dog walk fundraisers are fun and they often raise lots of money for shelter programs. But these lively events don't just happen by themselves—a dedicated team has to lay the groundwork months in advance. Here's how to walk this way.

  • March 1, 2011

    Pit Bull Palace

    Find out how staff and volunteers at a shelter in Missouri transformed a rented warehouse into a place of healing for hundreds of pit bulls rescued as part of an enormous multi-state dogfighting raid in 2009.

  • 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.

  • September 1, 2010

    Toy Story

    A recent study suggests that shelters can increase the chances of their cats getting adopted by putting toys in the cats' cages and housing them at eye level.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2010

    Off Leash: Bright is the New Black

    Marti Houge's bright bandanas give color-challenged pooches a better chance of catching someone's eye.

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