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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

    Changing perceptions in the tar heel state

    Leigh Casaus, director of the Randolph County Animal Shelter in North Carolina, says her proudest accomplishment is having opened her shelter to working more with rescue groups so that more animals’ lives can be saved.

    Shelter director battles idea that pets are disposable

    Leigh Casaus discusses the best and most frustrating aspects of her job as the director of the Randolph County Animal Shelter in North Carolina.

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    Animal house

    A fraternity fundraiser brought in $12,000 for the Washington Humane Society. It’s money the shelter can put toward important programs, as well as special TLC like the canine manicure being performed here by Gina Lantella, animal care manager, with help from former staff member and current volunteer Stacey Severe.

    A fraternity chapter raises thousands for its local shelter

    Proving that sometimes fundraising dollars can come from unexpected places, a fraternity chapter at a university in Washington, D.C., recently raised a whopping $12,000 for its local shelter.

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    A rescue to howl about

    Once kept on a short chain at an Alaska roadside attraction, Big Boy— and 24 of his fellow wolf dogs— have found sanctuary in California. Four others went on to other sanctuaries in Colorado and Washington state.

    Wolf dogs get a second chance at California sanctuary

    Wolf dogs rescued from a roadside attraction in Alaska get a second chance at a California sanctuary.

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