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  • July 1, 2008

    Online Extra - Getting Ready for Inspection

    Properly maintaining animal shelters is not just a matter of doing the right thing for the animals, the employees, and the public; it's also a matter of staying on the right side of the applicable health and safety regulations. The regulations vary across the country, but here's how one state handles shelter inspections.

  • July 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Matter of Measurement

    The questions seem simple enough: How much space do you have in your shelter, and how much do you need? But Dr. Kate Hurley explores how the equation gets complicated by various factors.

  • May 1, 2008

    Rabbits Count -- So Count Rabbits

    When PetSmart announced that it would begin test sales of rabbits in some stores, rabbit advocates started to examine rabbit statistics in animal shelters and rescue groups.

  • May 1, 2008

    The State of the Cat

    Last fall, leaders from the animal welfare, veterinary, and pet industries gathered in Denver to discuss how to improve the image and status of cats in our communities.

  • March 1, 2008

    What Happens After "Happily Ever After"?

    The Michigan Humane Society tracks animals beyond their fairytale endings, making for more successful matches, happier adopters, and more confident staff.

  • January 1, 2008

    Creature Feature: Diet of a Carnivore, Mind of a Toddler

    Feisty ferrets have a rep for being nibbly and stinky, but these relatives of the weasel have gotten a bad rap. We provide a guide for their care within the shelter.

  • November 1, 2007

    Creature Feature: Pellets, Pedicures, and Pigloos

    Like many of the other critters dubbed "starter pets" by the retail pet industry, guinea pigs turn up at shelters all too frequently. Find out how to keep your little pigs happy and healthy.

  • September 1, 2007

    The Behavior Department: Helping the Scaredycats

    Give cats a chance in their new homes by preparing adopters for reclusive getting-to-know-you behaviors.

  • July 1, 2007

    The Price of Leaving Them Behind

    Though most shelters are eager to provide a safe haven for animals in need, some are wary of crossing the line between taking every animal and enabling abandonment. Here is a look at the pros and cons of surrender fees and appointment systems.

  • March 1, 2007

    Night-Drop Kennels for Animals: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Long a source of controversy in the field, night-drop kennels are loved by some shelters and despised by others. Here's a look at the pros and cons.

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