November-December 2011 Table of Contents
Animal control officers and humane investigators face dangers in their daily work—dangers that often go unrecognized until the worst happens, bringing their sacrifice to the public’s attention. A veteran of the field explores how animal welfare workers can improve their safety and be better prepared in a crisis.
When you take in kittens who are too young to be adopted, wouldn’t it be great if you had an efficient system for transferring them immediately to their foster families—while still making sure they get the necessary screenings and care? In the latest article in our series highlighting the Association of Shelter Veterinarians guidelines, learn how the Animal Rescue League of Boston developed its “Foster On-Deck” System.
Animal welfare organizations play a vital role in their communities, but it’s often difficult to explain their importance to public officials who make spending decisions, or to those outside the sheltering sphere. Veterinarian Jyothi Vinnakota Robertson explains “social value,” and how to quantify the results of sheltering and animal welfare programs.
- From Squalor to Serenity
- To the Rescue: It’s a Miracle
- She Came a Long Way, Baby
- People Power: Wild Thing—I Think I Love You
- Field Trip: Taking the Roads Less Traveled
- Mouthpieces: It Takes All Kinds
- Show Me the Money: Cat Lady Takes on IRS—and Wins
- Trends in Animal Welfare Salaries
In your space, you told us what you think is the best approach to adoptions. A free-for-all? A careful, detailed screening? Many of you thought the answer was somewhere in the middle.
Running a shelter is one of the more demanding professions out there—and so is trying to find someone who’s qualified to do the executive director’s job. Boards and search committees need to take their time, figure out exactly what they want in a new leader, and then do their homework.
Aimee Sadler, a veteran animal trainer specializing in behavioral problems, travels the country teaching shelters how to implement play groups for dogs. They’re a natural way for dogs to blow off steam, and the group interactions allow them to teach each other how to behave. It’s all about giving the dogs (who are pack animals, after all) physical and mental stimulation so that they ultimately become bettersocialized and more adoptable.
It can be difficult for shelters to find responsible potential owners who want to adopt certain breeds. But it’s even more difficult to have to tell one of those adopters she can’t take a dog because her landlord forbids it. You need to learn your state and local laws to better inform adopters and their landlords, neighbors, and insurers. And what are some of the legal strategies advocates have used to try to stop breed discrimination?
Many perfectly friendly dogs go a little nuts when it comes to their dinner. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s training and behavior modification program is designed to efficiently help dogs overcome issues such as food guarding in a short period of time, making them more adoptable—and saving lives in the shelter.
The Ottawa Humane Society has rediscovered the joys of the Santa-delivered pet.