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Jim Baker

Jim Baker is a former staff writer for the Humane Society of the United States.

Content by Jim Baker

  • Magazine Article

    Timing is everything

    Humane Alliance launches When To Spay effort to promote spay/neuter at 4 months

    Many pet owners wait until age 6 months to spay or neuter their animals, but that’s enough time for an accidental litter to appear.

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  • Magazine Article

    Ovation for Omaha

    In 2012, the Nebraska Humane Society provided dog-bite prevention training through its grant-funded program known as Be-A-Tree to more than 5,000 elementary schoolchildren, like these students listening to ACO William Gray.

    For the first time, a humane society wins NACA's top animal control award

    It’s no secret that many humane societies these days are dropping their animal control contracts. So it may come as a surprise to hear that the National Animal Control Association (NACA) gave its 2013 Outstanding Animal Control Agency Award to the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) in Omaha, recognizing the shelter for its work in 2012.

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  • Magazine Article

    How much is that doggie sweater in the window?

    It takes time for a shelter thrift store to establish a reputation in a community, build a customer base, and attract donors who will contribute quality items to the store. The Pick of the Litter, the thrift shop of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in Burlingame, Calif., has been in business for more than 40 years.

    Thrift stores turn secondhand goods into treasure for shelters

    Customers come to the Blue Ridge Humane Society thrift stores to shop, but they may stay to dance.

    “We’re known for our crazy sales,” says Terri Thompson, director of retail and community outreach for the shelter, located in Hendersonville, N.C. One of the most popular sales they’ve had was Dare Day. Customers who wanted a discount had to reach into a basket and draw a slip that might ask them to tap dance for a minute, sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” or recite a tongue twister.

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