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  • January 1, 2011

    The "101" Department: Can You Hear Me Now?

    Are howls and woofs the inevitable soundtrack at a shelter? Not necessarily. You can turn down the volume through a variety of methods, from innovative design or retrofitting to clicker training and enrichment programs.

  • January 1, 2011

    Shelter Medicine: The Kindest Cut of All

    Veterinary columnist Brenda Griffin addresses common questions and concerns about pediatric spay/neuter, as well as the immeasurable value it has in curtailing pet overpopulation.

  • January 1, 2011

    People Power: Skilled with a Scalpel

    A spay/neuter veterinarian takes his commitment to ending pet homelessness to new heights.

  • November 1, 2010

    Behavior Department: Turning Fearful Cats Friendly

    Learn about a behavior training method that recognizes fearful cats not as a lost cause in the shelter environment, but as a puzzle to be solved.

  • November 1, 2010

    Making Spay/Neuter an Inside Job

    A program in Oklahoma provides a model for how subsidized spay/neuter can be made more widely available to low-income residents, through cooperative efforts with local veterinarians in private practice.

  • 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

    People Power: When Life Hands You Stuffing…

    Meet Joan Laisney, the founder and coordinator of Kennel Comforters, a group that makes and delivers pet beds to county shelters and humane societies in the San Diego area. So far, the group has produced nearly 4,700 free beds for shelters.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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