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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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    Going the distance for cats

    There’s plenty of room for resident cats to stretch in an outdoor play yard at Catnip Acres, where they’re cared for by two part-time staff.

    Catnip Acres serves as a way station—and a spay station—for homeless kitties

    Catnip Acres serves as a way station—and a spay station—for homeless kitties in Pennsylvania. The group has spayed and neutered over 4,000 cats since opening an on-site surgical suite in 2010.

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    Getting black (and mostly black) cats adopted

    Looking to improve your luck in adopting out black cats? Consider an adoption event with a creative theme.

    Looking to improve your luck in adopting out black cats? Try these creatively-themed events, cat-chy strategies, and reduced adoption fees to get your delightfully dark kitties noticed!

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    Cracking down on cruelty in Colorado

    Carla Zinanti, middle, leads a seizure that resulted in the impoundment of 24 dogs and two cats, and the owner’s conviction for misdemeanor animal cruelty. Assisting with the operation are Jefferson County animal control supervisor Chana Guy, left, and animal control officer Stacy Nehm.

    Longtime animal welfare official stays cool as cases heat up

    An animal control manager discusses her experience prosecuting animal cruelty cases and how, in her view, a background in law enforcement is becoming essential to a career in animal control.

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