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  • The Neighs Have It

    After helping local animal control with a heartbreaking horse case, veterinarian Grant Miller was inspired to found CHANGE. The group started small—collecting spare change in water bottle jugs—but now has attracted more than 200 volunteers and rescued more than 75 horses.

  • Out of the Past

    An up-to-date, comprehensive animal control ordinance lets pet owners know what’s expected of them and sets the tone for the community’s attitude toward pets, their guardians, and public safety. Ready to assess and update your local ordinance? Read on.

  • Deep in the Heart of Taxes

    The benefits of tax-exempt status are many, but the process of acquiring it can seem daunting—especially for small rescue or fostering groups. Learn what you need to do to approach the IRS and get that coveted 501(c)(3) status.

  • Humane Law Forum: Worth the Risk

    Got people lining up to volunteer for your organization? They’ll bring a ton of great assistance, but they may also present some liability risks. Fear not—they’re risks you can manage with the right approach.

  • Humane Law Forum: Bully Breeds and Leery Landlords

    Our legal expert takes a detailed look at how breed discrimination, particularly in rental housing, affects your shelter.

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