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  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • March 1, 2010

    The Soft Touch

    Molding "hard" dogs into "soft" dogs may be easier than you think'and it also saves lives.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Shelter Medicine: Scaredy Cat or Feral Cat?

    In the shelter, it's hard to tell the difference between truly feral cats and those who are tame but acting frightened and reactive. The way you handle these cats can make all the difference'with time and TLC, they will show their true colors.

  • November 1, 2009

    Mouthpieces: Why Are the Kitties Sneezing?

    This installment of Mouthpieces provides information on the prevalance and relative innocence of upper respiratory infections in shelter cats, and encourages potential adopters to look past the sniffles when seeking their perfect feline companion.

  • November 1, 2009

    Creating Pro-Kitty Cities

    Using new thoughtful and unique adoption campaigns, two shelters try to draw attention to and increase adoptions of their feline residents.

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