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For decades, people in the animal welfare field have discussed how to reduce euthanasia—and sometimes the discussions have gotten a little heated! But over the years, some leaders have gone back and forth between organizations of differing philosophies, taking what they've learned in each venue and using it to build bridges and drive progress. Want to change the world? These people know: You have to start by changing yourself.
Everyone makes mistakes, but in an animal shelter, mistakes—a disinfectant improperly diluted, a form filled out incorrectly—can sometimes cost lives. Recognizing that good training can make a big difference, the Charleston Animal Society used a survey to develop teaching and training protocols that the shelter hopes will allow its staff and volunteers to learn the ropes and avoid the snafus everyone fears.
The "101" Department: Solid Bonds
They say that no good deed goes unpunished, and sadly, that's sometimes the case when shelters step in to seize and provide care for animals involved in cruelty or neglect cases—cases that can drag on for months and drain a shelter's operating budget. Learn how animal welfare organizations are pushing for bonding and civil forfeiture laws to shift the financial burden for the animals' care back onto those who created the problem in the first place.
- Bully for Memphis
- Step by Step, Pet by Pet
- Driving While Canine
- Mouthpieces: Too Much of a Good Thing
- Bringing Cat and Bird Advocates to the Table
- In the Loop
- Make it Snippy
- The Build Out
Healthy Perspectives: Changing Your View
Working in animal welfare, you're guaranteed to encounter situations that push your buttons—but you have a choice in how you respond to those feelings. Practicing these simple techniques can help shelter staff and volunteers find healthier ways to deal with anger.
Books, movies, and other cool stuff for animal lovers.
Q & A: First, Do No Harm
Veterinarian Susan Krebsbach was a systems engineer with IBM when she felt the pull to work with animals, and she's never looked back. Now a veterinary consultant for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Society, she works on issues that range from humane feral cat management to the pain and distress that bulls go through in bullfighting.
Rescue Central: The Placement Conundrum
Rescuers want to find good homes for animals—but sometimes fear letting pets go to adopters who aren't "perfect." But who is perfect? We look at ways to make the adoption process friendlier, allowing rescuers to feel confident as they work with potential adopters toward "yes."
Shelter Medicine: When the Runs Hit Your Runs
Poop—specifically, diarrhea—is no laughing matter. Not only is it unpleasant to deal with, but it can also foreshadow serious issues like parvovirus or distemper for a shelter population or a group of foster animals. Staff and volunteers need the right information to prevent diarrhea and, when it does occur, diagnose the causes and appropriately care for animals.
Unforgettable: Autumn's Spring
Waiting for Autumn.