Animal shelters can be a stressful environment for companion animals. Stress compromises immunity and normal behavior, so learn how to combat and reduce stress to increase the welfare of your shelter.
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From the Magazine
Done properly, group housing can produce happier cats, delighted visitors, and more adoptions. Learn what you need to know before you start your own colony room.
Dr. Kate Hurley suggests shelter operators learn as much about crowding as they can in order to navigate its tricky intersection with animal welfare and shelter population management.
A unique relationship between the Washington Animal Rescue League and a local dog-walking company brings financial benefits for both groups'and exercise for the shelter's dogs.
Concerned about the conditions she's seen at some shelters, veterinarian Lila Miller talks about how the "Five Freedoms" can serve as a guide for maintaining quality of life for shelter animals.
Trainer and behaviorist Nan Arthur explains how new dog owners can help their pooches make a less stressful transition from the shelter to the home.
Give cats a chance in their new homes by preparing adopters for reclusive getting-to-know-you behaviors.
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The shelter facility and the housing there-in has implications far beyond the shelter walls. The design of the facility will impact disease levels, behavioral health, staffing needs and the daily cost of care (and therefore how much time and money is left over for other important programs).