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September-October 2012
Table of Contents

Cover image from Sep-Oct 2012 issue of ASM


What Now?

People surrendering animals to a shelter typically want to know what’s going to happen to them. When euthanasia is a possibility, the question is bound to be charged with emotion. For shelter staff, the challenge is to answer the question truthfully yet tactfully, while seizing the opportunity to provide some counseling and alternatives that might prevent animals from being relinquished.

The ASV Guidelines in Real Life Part 6: Safe and Sound

Shelters devote a great deal of time and effort to ensuring the health and welfare of the animals in their care, but what about the people who visit their facilities? A good organization needs to minimize the potential hazards that could cause injury or illness to the people who come to work, volunteer, or adopt animals—and to the general public. In this, the sixth article in our series highlighting guidelines from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, learn how to deal with the biological, chemical, and physical hazards at your shelter.


President's Note



Coffee Break

In your space, you told us what the animal protection movement needs more of, and what you’d be happy to see go the way of the dinosaur.

Life Preservers: In Virginia, Challenging the Status Quo

In Virginia, the Richmond SPCA is shaking things up. As the SPCA’s Project Safety Net offers programs and services aimed at reducing animal relinquishment, the organization is succeeding in saving more lives by partnering with the community.

Culture Corner

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

The "101" Department: When Size Matters

Sometimes, bigger really is better. "Mega" adoption events—which typically attract hordes of people and feature free or low-cost adoptions and a party-like atmosphere—are helping shelters and rescue groups around the country move hundreds of adoptable animals into new homes. Learn how they’re doing it, and how you can get in on the fun.

Q & A: Seeking Truth in Advertising

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA, explains how, even in that famously socially conscious city, pet lovers have been duped by deceptive websites into buying dogs from puppy mills, and what the SPCA is doing about it.

Shelter Medicine: Medical SOPs: Lifesaving, Step by Step

Getting some basic shelter medicine SOPs in writing can help you prevent widespread problems while providing a consistent, transparent standard of care.

Beyond the Shelter: Establishing Your Bona Fidos

Shelters and rescues sometimes view each other with a degree of suspicion. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We explore the source of the problems—and ways that rescue groups can get past them to prove that they’ll be great allies.

Unforgettable: Speeding Up an Adoption

Sometimes all it takes to get adopted is a shiny, red convertible—and some Doggles.

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