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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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Chelsea Jones/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

    How to win friends and influence people (to help animals)

    Caryn Ginsberg (with Thomas, an adoptable dog at the Animal Welfare League in Arlington, Va.) hopes to bring social marketing strategies that big business has used for decades into the hands of animal welfare advocates.

    Caryn Ginsberg’s new book teaches animal welfare advocates the tricks of social marketing

    In her new book, Caryn Ginsberg shows animal welfare advocates how to use social marketing to influence people to adopt a shelter pet, spay or neuter their animals, or switch to humane food products.

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  • Magazine Article

    Poison control

    Quats may be safely used in cat housing areas, but care should be taken to dry surfaces thoroughly before returning cats to them. Cats who lick quats may develop ulcers of the tongue that can be severe.

    Keeping kitties safe from common substances

    Cats are highly susceptible to toxic substances, a surprising number of which can be found in shelters and foster homes. Fortunately, a little education can help you protect the felines in your care.

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    Deep in the heart of taxes

    Be prepared to justify your tax-exempt status, and you can meet requests with a smile

    The benefits of tax-exempt status are many, but the process of acquiring it can seem daunting—especially for small rescue or fostering groups. Learn what you need to do to approach the IRS and get that coveted 501(c)(3) status.

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