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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

  • A Fresh Start for Cats

    The Fresh Start program at the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota gives friendly, healthy cats who struggle with litter box issues a second chance at finding a home.

  • Fetching the Perfect Trainer

    If your shelter allows pet care and service professionals like dog trainers to put their business cards at the front desk, your organization could be seen as recommending that person or service—whether you mean to or not.

  • The Courageous, the Polite, the Einsteins

    East Bay SPCA in California launched a canine behavior modification pilot program that trains volunteers to help its shelter dogs overcome behavioral issues that might otherwise keep them from finding new homes.

  • Cats are from Mars?

    Jackson Galaxy set out to be a musician, but wound up a cat behavior guru and the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell. The patron saint of conflicted cats discusses his career and shares his insights into the workings of the feline mind.

  • Kits & Pits

    A shelter finds surprising success in promoting and adopting out cats with colds. In addition, the basic techniques and benefits of clicker training for dogs in shelters are presented.

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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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