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From barking dogs to couch-clawing cats, behavior is a big reason that pets are surrendered. Learn how to keep pets in their homes and make those in the shelter more adoptable.

Resources  and  Articles

From the Magazine

  • Emotional Rescue

    Understanding why it’s crucial for animals in our care to feel good

  • No Walls for Jericho

    Trained by Animal Farm Foundation, Matthew Smith's dog Jericho is helping prove that "pit bulls" can work as assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

  • A New Learning Curve

    New cat behavior counseling course empowers participants to think beyond the walls of their shelter or rescue to assist owners who are thinking of surrendering their cats.

  • Tuesdays With Pransky

    Bored with her job as a foot warmer for her owner, Pransky found new work as a therapy dog, providing comfort to nursing home residents.

  • Young Cats, New Tricks

    Learn how "kitten kindergarten," also known as early socialization, can benefit cats in your shelter with a relatively short investment of time and effort.

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Policies & Programs

  • Pets for Life

    The HSUS Pets for Life program has one very ambitious goal: to keep pets and their people together. Pets for Life recognizes that one of the greatest threats to pets is a lack of understanding on the part of caregivers along with a lack of awareness of available resources.


  • Center for Shelter Dogs - Training and Motivation

    Training shelter dogs potentially increases their adoptability by teaching them behaviors that make them more desirable to adopters.

  • AAFP: Feline Behavior Guidelines

    The American Association of Feline Practitioners' Feline Behavior Guidelines are filled with information for veterinarians and pet owners.

  • ABRI: Videos

    The Animal Behavior Resource Institute's videos give helpful tips on many behavior-related topics, from pilling cats to leash work with dogs.

  • DogStar Daily: Free Puppy eBooks

    Set your puppy adopters up for success with these free eBook downloads from Dr. Ian Dunbar.

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