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  • Magazine Article

    Working together works

    Retired president and CEO of Denver Dumb Friends League offers three parting words

    Bob Rohde was 23 when he joined Dumb Friends League as an animal care technician in 1973. (The Denver-based organization was founded in 1910, when the word “dumb” was widely used to refer to animals who can’t speak for themselves.)

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  • Magazine Article

    The little clinic that could

    Veterinarian Kelly Pinkston performs a spay surgery at the Help for Animals clinic in West Virginia, which has sterilized more than 160,000 animals.

    Animal Care Expo legacy is still going strong at a West Virginia spay/neuter clinic

    As Donna Spencer tells it, one of her most life-altering experiences took place 22 years ago during a visit to Las Vegas.

    She didn’t win (or lose) a fortune at the casinos or get married at a drive-through chapel. What Spencer did in Vegas was even more meaningful, and it would impact countless lives in the years to come.

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  • Magazine Article

    We stand up for the five freedoms

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine Spring 2018

    Download this Mouthpiece to show your shelter is committed to providing the five freedoms

    The Five Freedoms is an animal welfare standard developed by the U.K. Farm Animal Welfare Council and adapted by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians for pets in shelters. Download this Mouthpiece to show your community that your shelter is commited to providing your animals with the five freedoms.

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  • Magazine Article

    The high cost of caring

    How can we combat drug and alcohol abuse in the animal welfare field?

    Those who work in caring fields are especially susceptible to alcohol and substance abuse, and the animal welfare field, where emotions can run high and staffers often put animals’ well-being before their own, is no exception. How can you recognize and combat flawed coping strategies in your co-workers—and how can you take better care of yourself?

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  • Magazine Article

    Better together

    PAWS NY volunteer Sarah visits Arnold Johnston and his dog Jade

    Innovative house call program helps elderly New Yorkers keep their pets

    After Rachel Herman noticed many elderly owners surrendering their beloved pets because they could no longer provide daily care, she founded Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) NY, a house call program that brings free pet care to her city’s most vulnerable pet owners. Now providing assistance to around 400 pets each week, the program is changing lives in ways Herman never imagined.

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  • Magazine Article

    Smart lending practices

    At Operation Catnip’s trap-loan depot (and office space), volunteer coordinator Kate Boisseau shows a caregiver how to set a trap.

    A little technology and methodology can help protect your investment in TNR equipment

    As trap-neuter-return (TNR) becomes the default solution for managing community cat populations, shelters and rescues might find they are lending more traps than ever before. But failing to keep track of that equipment can be an expensive mistake. Leading TNR organizations now use both low- and high-tech solutions to keep traps in circulation while safeguarding their investment.

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