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January-February 2014
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The Underside of the Big Top

Newsmaking incidents in which circus animals lash out at trainers, injure people, and end up being hurt or killed in the effort to subdue them are sometimes the only way the public becomes aware of the problems with performing animals. Experts agree that the process of training animals to do circus tricks can often be inhumane, and conditions in traveling shows are often less than ideal. Animal control officers can play a critical role in ensuring that circus animals receive better treatment—and make a big difference in their lives.

Anything But Ordinary

Nature, through countless DNA combinations, has created a diverse palette of stunning kitty colors and markings. Shelters and rescues can benefit from learning the proper terms to identify and describe even the most humble of tabbies—crucial information when trying to reunite a homeless feline with her family, or for crafting intriguing pet descriptions that are effective marketing tools to attract adopters.

Overlooked No More

A single cat, waiting day after day in a back area of the shelter, inspired the Michigan Humane Society to create its Overlooked Pets program, designed to ensure that animals of all types—especially those who tend to take more time to find homes—don’t get lost in the busy system. The program helps move along languishing pets by keeping them top of mind among staff, using a three-step process: identify, promote, and track.


President's Note: For Goodness Snake



Culture Corner

Books, movies, and other cool stuff for animal lovers.

The "101" Department: How Much is that Doggie Sweater in the Window?

Animal shelters and rescues coast to coast have established thriving thrift stores that attract a steady stream of customers, donated goods, and cash to fund their programs. Some stores are racking up sales of hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Here’s advice from the pros about how your shelter can get “thrifty,” too.

Q & A: Going the Extra Smile

Kirt Manecke may have started out selling sporting goods, but what he’s really passionate about is customer service, and that’s something every shelter and rescue can benefit from. Good service often boils down to simple common sense, yet many organizations seem to forget the basics. With his book, Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service, Manecke wants to give shelters and other nonprofits a crash course in people-pleasing.

Rescue Central: Finessing Your Foster Program

Foster programs save lives, offering space and TLC for animals with medical or behavioral issues, or those who are just proving to be a challenge to place. Successful programs are the ones that dovetail with an organization’s identity, establish a structure that keeps things from spinning out of control, and communicate clearly with fosterers.

Shelter Medicine: Canine and Feline Parvovirus: What You Need to Know

Shelter professionals know that both feline panleukopenia and canine parvovirus are serious diseases that take the lives of animals in facilities across the country. But myths still persist about these infections, and some of those myths are dangerous. Here’s how to separate fact from fiction.

Unforgettable: I Saved Her—and She Saved Me

Oreo’s rescuer saved her life—then she saved his.

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