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Learning all of the terms adoption counselors use to describe behavior, the jargon clinical technicians and veterinarians use to describe animal health, and the abbreviations often associated with shelter operations, can be like learning a brand new language/ These articles put terminology into layman's terms and will clear up the confusion in no time at all.

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  • Finding Common Ground

    “No-kill” seems like a definitive label, but is it really that clear-cut? Britney Wallesch, executive director of Black Dog Animal Rescue, reflects on how an experience with one dog changed her thinking on the term. In the large gray area of animal rescue, she writes, shelters and rescue groups need to put aside labels and judgments and unite for their common goals.

  • An Update on the Asilomar Accords

    More than four years ago animal welfare leaders from around the country drafted the Asilomar Accords, a set of guiding principles, shared definitions, and formulas for tracking live release rates from shelters. Read the Accords and learn more about how they can benefit your animals and your shelter.

  • Shelter Medicine: Sick to Death

    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.

  • The Behavior Department: What Placement Groups Say'and What Adopters Hear

    New adopters don't always understand the jargon counselors use when describing a dog's personality and behavior issues. Here's how to make sure your messages don't get lost in translation.

  • Identity Complex

    In the second of a two-part interview with sociologist and author Arnold Arluke, Associate Editor Carrie Allan elicits Arluke's observations on euthanasia-related dynamics in animal shelters.

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