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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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    Million-dollar ideas

    The tools of the spay/neuter trade might be changing. The Michelson Prize and Grants program is putting up millions of dollars to inspire researchers to devise a nonsurgical alternative to conventional surgery.

    Michelson Prize and Grants program spurs research into nonsurgical spay/neuter

    The Michelson Prize and Grants program put up millions of dollars to inspire researchers to devise a nonsurgical alternative to conventional surgery. How do things look so far?

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    The importance of isolation

    Reflections on rabies and other infectious diseases

    A tragic case in North Dakota—where a rabies outbreak forced a shelter to euthanize its entire dog population—offers a valuable lesson for all shelters.

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    Hey you, get off of my cloud!

    After a little hissing and paw-batting, Lacey and Finnegan have settled into a peaceful friendship—thanks to the smart introduction owner Lisa Provost provided.

    Keeping the peace in a multi-cat household

    When cat owners want to add a new furball to their home menagerie, who should they be searching for? How can they make introductions go smoothly? Experts offer advice for keeping the peace in a multi-cat household.

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