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You’ve got your tried-and-true ways of running your organization, but fresh eyes—such as those belonging to new employees or volunteers— might see things differently. But sometimes their enthusiasm can be greater than their grasp of what’s practical or necessary. So how do you harness the power of your workers’ suggestions for improving shelter operations, without running off the track?
When Doug Fakkema started working in the animal welfare movement, common euthanasia methods included not only carbon monoxide, but the decompression chamber. It didn’t sit right with him, and he’s spent his career working to make sure that when shelter animals die, they go out with the comfort of a caring technician and as little pain as possible.
President's Note: Red or Blue: United We Stand for Dogs and Cats
- Catty Corner: NiPPed in the Bud
- Mouthpieces: My Humans Never Imagined
- (AD)Options: So, Like, Wanna Adopt a Cat?
- The Promise of St. Thomas
- The Build-Out
- Crossing the Thin Blue Line
- Humane Networking: The Power of Taking a Walk
- From Chained to Cherished
- Paying it Forward in Michigan
Books, movies, and other cool stuff for animal lovers.
The "101" Department: The Road to Happy Returns
To safely trap and transport feral cats for their spay/neuter surgeries, you need more than good intentions. While the business of setting traps and transporting cats from colony to clinic and back isn’t brain surgery, there’s more to it than some novices think. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the road.
Q & A: Fundraising's Human Equation
It’s a central dilemma for animal welfare organizations: We all need money, but no one likes to ask for it. But are we asking the right question? Fundraising experts Jennifer McCrea, Jeffrey Walker and Tracey Durning discuss different ways you can engage your supporters to tap their full potential.
Rescue Central: Expecting the Unexpected
When it comes to natural disasters and other emergencies, rescue groups would do well to prepare for the worst, so that they can easily handle the lesser storms. But even in a post- 9/11, post-Katrina, post-tsunami world, not everyone has an adequate disaster plan in place. Learn how you can prepare to keep your animals one step ahead of trouble.
Shelter Medicine: Closed for Safety
Sometimes the safest response to an infectious disease outbreak is to temporarily close your shelter. It’s a difficult decision, and one with the potential to generate negative publicity. But shelter veterinarians must make it a priority to protect the health of the animals as well as the public, and being transparent about your actions will ultimately build the community’s trust. Learn how to cope with an outbreak—and its aftermath.
Unforgettable: This Story's Got Legs
His legs were backward, but Stockings the cat keeps moving forward.