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January-February 2012
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January-February 2012 Cover


Kids Rock!

Does your shelter need an energy boost? One group of volunteers always has pep to spare—young people. By recruiting kids, teens, and college students, you can acquire a volunteer force that’s brimming with energy and eager to relieve overburdened staffers or tackle those projects that have been languishing on the back burner.

Investing in Humane Education

Humane educators spread messages about the importance of kindness to animals and the connection between all living things—messages that can increase your organization’s visibility and foster positive relationships in the community while sowing the seeds for a more humane world.

Let That Be a Lesson to You

Our “101” Department explores ways for humane educators to get their programs into schools. The rewards can be wonderful: Who wouldn’t want to hear children say they wish you could stay longer? But to make those moments happen, humane educators have to first figure out what schools want and need, then devise age-appropriate lesson plans that meet a variety of educational standards.




Coffee Break

In your space, you told us about the one thing you’d like to accomplish for animal welfare in your area, and why your community needs it.

Life Preservers

The ASPCA’s $100K Challenge asks shelters to save 300 more animals than they did the previous year in the same three-month period, and rewards the biggest gain with $100,000. The project sparked a friendly competition between two animal welfare organizations in Washington, D.C.—and others around the country.

Culture Corner

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

The “101” Department

To succeed as a humane educator, you’ve got to know your audience as well as the school system’s requirements. Kids want stories, not statistics, and you’ll lose them if you talk over their heads. To get your lesson plan through the schoolhouse door, tailor it to meet the school’s mandated standards.

Q & A

The Michelson Prize and Grants program grabbed headlines a few years ago by offering $25 million to the first entity that develops a nonsurgical sterilant for cats and dogs, and by making $50 million available for related research. Researchers have received grants and gotten busy in their labs. How are things looking so far?

Shelter Medicine

A tragic case in North Dakota—where a rabies outbreak forced a shelter to euthanize its entire dog population—offers a lesson for all shelters: Having sensible isolation and quarantine procedures can save lives.

Beyond the Shelter

When cat owners want to add a new furball to their home menagerie, who should they be searching for? How can they make introductions go smoothly? Experts offer advice for keeping the peace in a multi-cat household.


Shots and stories of your most memorable animals.

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