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  • July 1, 2010

    The Behavior Department: A Beginner's Guide to Stress Across Species

    It's essential that every species in your shelter receives appropriate, individualized care, which goes a long way toward reducing stress, improving health'and increasing the chances of adoption. Our guide will help you recognize, prevent, and reduce stress in birds and small mammals.

  • July 1, 2010

    Collars and Sense

    It's often said in the sheltering field that a collar and identification tag are a lost pet's best chance of returning home. That's especially true for felines: Only 2 to 5 percent of the millions of homeless cats entering shelters each year are reunited with their families.

  • July 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Kittens: Coming Soon to a Shelter Near You

    During the spring and summer'also known as "kitten season" to shelters and rescues'pregnant cats, nursing mothers, and kittens overwhelm facilities across the nation. Shelters have to take extra measures to protect young kittens from exposure to germs, and must provide them with a series of vaccinations, plus high-quality nutrition and proper deworming, to keep those mewing fuzz balls healthy.

  • May 1, 2010

    Survey Says ... Get a Cat!

    The Morris Animal Foundation surveyed non-cat owners about their perceptions of cats to gain insight into what may be preventing them from finding those homes. The results show that the next wave of cat owners may come from unexpected segments of society.

  • May 1, 2010

    Field Trip: Parting the Waters

    The grand opening of the St. Bernard Animal Shelter in Louisiana is yet another affirmation that the hurricane-ravaged community is moving on.

  • March 1, 2010

    The "101" Department: Helping Cats Find Their Happy Place

    A cat adoption space should appeal to both felines and the people who come to see them. Learn how shelters are sprucing up their cat rooms with elements that keep cats engaged and please potential adopters, too.

  • March 1, 2010

    It's a Cat-Help-Cat World

    When the lions and tigers at In-Sync Exotics sanctuary lent a paw by hosting an event to help their lap cat counterparts at a neighboring cat rescue, both groups benefited.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Dollars and Sense of Spay/Neuter for Cats

    A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) supports statistically what animal shelters know from experience-that households with higher incomes are more likely to spay or neuter their cats.

  • November 1, 2009

    The Catnip Conundrum

    While the subject of catnip has provoked the occasional heated discussion on shelter listservs over the years, the experts interviewed for this story agreed that, for the majority of cats, there's nothing to ponder: Life is much more interesting with catnip.

  • November 1, 2009

    Creature Feature: Coming Home to Roost

    Chicken keeping is on the upswing as a hobby, and for some, caring for their own little flock of clucking pets has become a passion. But for others, the charm wears off quickly, and that's caused an increase of surrender inquiries at some shelters and rescue groups.

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