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In animal sheltering and rescue, most of the focus falls on the cute and fuzzy critters—from dogs and cats to hamsters and rabbits. But due to their continued presence in the pet trade, reptiles are turning up in shelters as well, often seized from neglectful conditions and presenting major challenges to staff who may be unfamiliar with their needs.
Since its passage in 1998, California’s Hayden Law has had a mixed run. Though the legislation was intended to provide better outcomes for shelter animals, an ongoing budget crunch has caused the state to stop covering the additional financial burdens imposed by the law. A new report from a group of stakeholders provides detailed recommendations to help inform shelters’ decision-making processes—and their work has implications beyond state lines.
President's Note: Allies All Around Us
- An Industry on Its Last Legs?
- Catty Corner: The Purrpose of Life
- Mouthpieces: One Sick Puppy?
- (AD)Options: Say "Cheezburger"
- Helping Animals on a Mass. Scale
- The Build-Out
- Contemporary Control: Partnering for Pets and People
Books, movies, and other cool stuff for animal lovers.
The "101" Department: Interview Confidential
Rare is the person who loves sitting down for a job interview—and that goes for both the candidates and the people hiring. The process can be stressful and fraught with pitfalls … but it doesn’t have to be. Seasoned animal welfare professionals provide their tips and tricks for finding the right fit, or for acing your next interview.
Q & A: A Schnauzer's Legacy
Dave Duffield and Rich Avanzino are two of the best friends a shelter pet could have. Maddie’s Fund, which Duffield founded and Avanzino heads, has become a major funder in the animal welfare community, distributing nearly $12 million in grants from 2011-2012. As the field pushes toward the vision of a “no-kill nation,” Maddie’s doesn’t just dole out dollars, it helps organizations develop plans to guarantee their success.
Life Preservers: LA Stories
In spite of LA’s troubled past and myriad challenges, in just two years, collaborative efforts have managed to decrease the area’s euthanasia rates by nearly half. The key has been tackling LA’s diverse challenges with varied apporaches, from unique adoption efforts to providing owners in underserved areas with resources to reduce surrenders.
Behavior Department: Finding Homes for High-Energy Dogs
Barking, nipping, excitability—they’re behavioral issues that are classic turnoffs to would-be adopters. But what’s behind them could be more of a turn-on for those seeking highenergy dogs for sporting competitions and other performance-oriented activities.
Unforgettable: A Girl Named Fred
Wallflower Fred blossoms into a dancing queen.