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  • May 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: Building a Successful Volunteer Program

    Animal shelters are often so desperate for volunteers to offset their small budgets that their volunteer programs are developed quickly, with very little structure or planning. A more successful approach is to step back, slow down, and plan a volunteer program in a series of building blocks, in order to prevent major problems and support healthy growth.

  • January 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: During Tough Times, Fund What's Free

    In this new department, two experienced volunteer managers make the case that, during tough economic times, a well-managed team of shelter volunteers is more important than ever.

  • November 1, 2008

    Poodle Power

    Animal activist Jana Kohl takes both her new book and her dog, Baby, on the road to spread the grim truth about puppy mills.

  • November 1, 2008

    Please Curb Your Volunteer

    Problem volunteers can create a major challenge for shelter managers seeking to channel their work into productive, progressive operations. Learn some strategies to build and maintain a strong volunteer program.

  • November 1, 2008

    People Power: Rescue Ink

    They may not look like a typical group of animal advocates, but from performing day-to-day rescue to presenting animal housing workshops to running a large humane education program, the men of Rescue Ink get the job done.

  • September 1, 2008

    Book Review: The Sit! Stay! Read! Series

    These five children's books from the Gryphon Press introduce young readers to an array of issues from pet care to puppy mills.

  • July 1, 2008

    Off Leash: A Whole New Ball Game

    NFL player Jarrod Cooper has played ball with Dolphins, Rams, Eagles, and Panthers ??? but now Oakland's shelter pooches are getting a turn, too.

  • July 1, 2008

    Will Your Response be a Natural Disaster?

    A mock shelter evacuation illuminates the good, the bad, and the potentially lethal during crisis response.

  • July 1, 2008

    A Little Help for a Lot of Territory

    Faced with serving an area that covers more than 3,800 square miles, the animal control department of New Mexico's Dona Ana County is using volunteers for tasks that don't require specialized training.

  • May 1, 2008

    Field Trip: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

    The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary rescues livestock from factory farms and educates the public about food choices that are better for the planet, the animals, and people.

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