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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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    Unforgettable

    Unforgettable features photos and stories of readers' most memorable animals. In this installment, you'll meet Pablo the pit bull.

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    Keeping them hoppy

    Washington Humane Society volunteer Carlin Abbitt has started using a harness to take the shelter bunnies outside for exercise.

    Taking rabbits for a walk

    Carlin Abbitt grew up with a menagerie of animals in and around her home, and when she began volunteering at the Washington Humane Society in the District of Columbia, she found a new group of critters to care for.

    She noticed that while the cats had their proponents and the dogs had theirs, the small animals didn’t get as much action. “I think that a lot of people just aren’t used to small animals like I am,” she says. So as she stayed, she began gravitating toward the little guys more and more often, trying to provide them with more fun and enrichment.

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    Her casa is their casa

    Honey, an older pit bull with a damaged lip, was initially frightened when rescuers found her during a raid in July on a dogfighting operation in Gary, Ind. She blossomed into a sweetheart, thanks to love and attention provided by Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Education and Rescue volunteers.

    Kennel enrichment program makes Indiana shelter dogs happier, more adoptable

    When The HSUS ’s Animal Rescue Team and local law enforcement raided a Gary, Ind., dogfighting operation last July, they found dogs stashed everywhere.

    Some were crated in the kitchen of a trashed house where the occupants had been cooking crack cocaine on the stove. Others languished in feces-laden crates in the basement or outside in the muddy yard. Still others were confined to rusted cages or filthy crates stacked on top of each other inside a decrepit shed, where boarded-up windows blocked out all light.

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