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  • Solid Bonds

    Learn how animal welfare organizations are pushing for bonding and forfeiture laws to help them cope with cruelty cases that often stretch a shelter's resources and drain its operating budget.

  • Matters of Life, Death, and Responsibility

    Here are guidelines for how pet owners can plan for the possibility that their pets will outlive them, and recommendations for what you can do to encourage them to take this important step.

  • Can't Judge a Bull by the Cover

    When Maryland’s highest court declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous" in 2012, the ruling demonstrated the numerous problems with breed-specific legislation and policies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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