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Many shelter and animal rescue staff have seen firsthand the scenes of filth and neglect at puppy mills: the cramped, dark pens housing terrified animals; the lack of food, fresh water, or veterinary care. Rescues are often the culmination of months of preparation, and, when they happen, they're a methodical step toward putting one of an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. out of business.
Advocates who want to help rural cats often face a lack of resources, as well as resistance to new approaches. Laura Jordan had her work cut out for her in convincing a Connecticut community to participate in her effort to spay and neuter feral cats, having to overcome suspicion of her motives, educate property owners, and show that her methods made sense.
- High Volume, Low Cost, Big Impact
- A Giant Heart in the Meadowlands
- Another Myth Bites the Dust
- Mouthpieces: Why does my cat do that--and how can I make him stop?!?
- For Exotic Cats, a Happier Home
- Worth Every Scent
- Miracle on O'Farrell Street
- The Build-Out
Healthy Perspectives: Taking Inventory of Your Awesomeness
Everyone's heard the old maxim that you can't take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself. The fact that this is uncomfortable for many of us doesn't make it less true. The ability to validate our own hard work and successes is one of the most effective ways to stay resilient in the animal welfare field. Learn some useful techniques to give yourself a much-deserved pat on the back.
Books, movies, and other cool stuff for animal lovers.
The "101" Department: Shine a Light
Everyone who works in shelters or rescues knows pets who linger without snagging an adopter: the older Shih Tzu who needs medication; the shy mutt, one among many; the umpteenth black kitty who's overlooked in favor of flashier felines. They need extra help finding homes, and what's required is some good PR and a little creativity.
Q & A: Rooting for the Underdog
The ASPCA's new top dog, Matthew Bershadker, steps into the job with a solid background in working to address societal issues--those that cause suffering to humans and animals alike--as well as an impressive track record of leadership, both in the field and crunching the numbers at headquarters. He talks about his plans to take the experiences he's gathered along the qay to guide the organization and help shelters.
Life Preservers: The Wonder Down Under
Australia's animal shelters face many of the same companion animal issues as their North American counterparts. The Animal Welfare League of Queensland found itself in a unique position to tackle the challenges of an entire city, creating a comprehensive model to build a broad coalition of stakeholders--and spread awareness of the problems throughout the community. With a successful track record in its own backyard, the shelter has set out to share its "Getting 2 Zero" model across the nation.
Behavior Department: Decoding Dog Play
Before shelters and rescues place dogs together for a little play time (or into a home with another dog), it's important to gauge just how social and eager for a play date each pup is, and that means knowing how to decode canine body language. Here are tips for assessing doggie readiness for play groups--and making the best placements.
Unforgettable: Consider Yourself ... One of the Family
Oliver Twist's life is no longer so Dickensian.