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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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  • Magazine Article

    The ASV Guidelines in Real Life PART 5: staff training saves lives

    Most shelters can’t afford to send all of their staff to training conferences like Animal Care Expo—but they can often send a few people, and have those staff members share what they've learned once they return.

    How Frederick County Animal Control keeps its staff up to speed

    Proper staff training in the shelter is a necessity for both newcomers and seasoned workers in order to ensure humane animal care as well as public and staff safety—but how do you provide the needed resources for your staff?

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    Beyond the comfort zone

    Austin Pets Alive! won big in the ASPCA’s 100K Saving Lives Challenge in 2011. Who’ll be the victor this year—you?

    ASPCA $100K Challenge winners pushed themselves to do more

    Shelters around the country accepted the ASPCA’s $100K Challenge in 2011, vying to save more lives and hoping to capture the top prize of $100,000. The winners surmounted major challenges to reach their goals. How did they do it?

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    Helping them help you

    Board members should be helping with fundraising, whether it’s doing the actual “ask,” or building the relationships that can create reliable (and generous) donors down the road.

    Engaging your board of directors to raise funds

    Your shelter’s board of directors, with their deep commitment to your cause, should be helping to boost your fundraising efforts. Here’s how to get them involved.

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