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Answering the calls of the wild

No wildlife call is too small for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

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    Answering the calls of the wild

    Fox in the yard? Bat in the bedroom? Injured bird in the road? No call is too small for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

    In suburban Northern Virginia, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s service calls are an even split between domestic and wild animals. Pledged to resolve all human-animal conflicts safely and humanely, AWLA staff find daily ways to promote peaceful coexistence among all the region’s creatures.

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    This 'little' piggy

    They don’t actually exist, but that doesn’t stop “mini” pigs from showing up at shelters

    Deceptive breeders, naive buyers and the pet pig fad among celebrities—pop princesses and famous athletes, we’re looking at you—are causing shelters’ and sanctuaries’ porcine populations to skyrocket. Here’s how to care for smart, strong-willed pigs in a shelter environment and help wannabe pig parents make smart decisions.

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In this issue: Getting to know your community means getting outside your own four walls; a major push to help animals in Puerto Rico; taking effective evidentiary photos in cruelty cases; a rescuer argues for setting aside labels to make more of an impact for animals; why maintaining shelter animals’ emotional health is so important; and more.

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    When size matters

    Clowns, crafts, and face painting were among the fun activities at one of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society’s Midnight Woofness events. A freshly painted Gardner, the son of rescue founder Christy Counts, hops on the back of director of operations Samantha Burnett.

    Nothing creates excitement—or smashes adoption records—quite like the 'mega' event

    "Mega" adoption events 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.

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    Seeking truth in advertising

    San Francisco SPCA confronts puppy mills' deceptive websites

    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.

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    Medical SOPs: lifesaving, step by step

    Defining standard veterinary procedures can ensure consistency and help you save more lives

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

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