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July-August 2013
Table of Contents

Cover from July-August 2013 issue of Animal Sheltering


No Fly Zone

Parrots aren't just beautiful birds. They're also highly intelligent and social creatures who want to fly, flock, and find mates—instincts that are often frustrated in parrots kept as pets. The complex needs of these avians often overwhelm their owners, fueling a crisis in which increasing numbers of neglected parrots are surrendered to rescuers and sanctuaries already at their limits.

The Power of Purr

It's a powerful (and incongruous) image: Tough, gruff prison inmates cuddling and caring for kittens. But that's what's happening in some correctional facilities, where cat rescues have cooperated with institution staff to create foster programs in which felines get loving care till they're ready for adoption. It's not only helping the kitties—it's working wonders for inmates, too.

The "101" Department: A Fine Line Between 'Pets' and 'Pests'

You're sending domestic mice and rats home with loving families, and they can make great pets. Sadly, though, their wild brethren can cause problems within your shelter, ranging from destructive chewing to the spread of disease. To avoid having to use lethal means of control, you need to make your facility unwelcoming to these wily little guys. They’re just following their instincts, after all—so encourage them to follow them somewhere else.


President's Note



Healthy Perspectives: You Make Things Better for Animals ...

Complaining feels good—who doesn't need to vent sometimes? But often, it doesn't improve a situation, and it can be counter-productive and a major drag on fellow staff and volunteers. The good news is that each of us has the power to change our thinking, change our behavior, and thus make a better environment for all.

Culture Corner

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

Q & A: The Road to Zero

People can better understand the tragedy of shelter overpopulation through the story of one animal than by considering cold statistics. That's just one of the lessons to be found in author Peter Marsh's new book, Getting to Zero: A Roadmap to Ending Animal Shelter Overpopulation in the United States.

Life Preservers: Mile-High Aspirations

Animal welfare can be a contentious field, in which organizations with different philosophies nip at each other's heels. But that’s not the case in Metro Denver, where an alliance of shelters, rescues, foundations, the veterinary community, and others across an eight-county region share the same goal: to increase live-release rates in their community.

Behavior Department: Fetching the Perfect Trainer

Many shelters and rescues allow pet care and service professionals like dog trainers to put their cards and fliers at their front desk or in their lobby. What some people don't realize is that by offering this advertising space, your organization could be seen to be recommending that person or service—whether you mean to or not. What’s your vetting process?

Unforgettable: A Rabbit Comes Home to Roost(er)

A rabbit and his rooster.

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