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  • Magazine Article

    All about that (data)base

    How to refine or replace your donor tracking system without getting lost in the data

    Does your donor data tracking system no longer meet your needs, but the idea of finding and transitioning to a replacement is driving you buggy? Check out our guide to navigating the maze of database options.

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  • Magazine Article

    Nurturing the roots of TNR

    Facilitating TNR means removing the barriers that prevent laypeople from doing this important work.

    With a small investment, shelters can empower everyday people to tackle the community cat challenge

    If your shelter doesn’t have a trap-neuter-return program, you may think you have little to offer the people who call about unowned cats in their backyards and neighborhoods. But there are many ways shelters can facilitate today’s TNR and plant the seeds of tomorrow’s high-impact programs without spending a dime.

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  • Magazine Article

    No place like rehome

    Marin Humane’s No Place Like Home program helps pets move directly from one home to another.

    With web-based private rehoming programs, pets can skip the shelter

    We’re not auditioning to play Captain Obvious, but one way to reduce your intake is to help pets skip the shelter altogether. Two California shelters are finding success by promoting web-based, owner-to-owner rehoming.

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  • Magazine Article

    So your co-worker is the worst

    How to work with 'difficult' people in emotionally charged environments

    We’re all adults here, so our days of squabbling and frenemies should be over, right? Yet all too often when emotions are running high, workplaces can devolve into the emotional equivalent of schoolyard brawls. Here’s how to work with your “worst” co-workers so everyone wins.

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  • Magazine Article

    Ziggy bounces back

    Despite two major surgeries, Ziggy projects a positive personality.

    Rescued by a Massachusetts shelter, senior dog gets a chance to shine

    No leg? No problem for Ziggy.

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  • Magazine Article

    My shelter pets are my biggest fans

    Download this Shareworthy to promote adoptions in your community

    Download this Shareworthy to promote adoptions within your community.

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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue Training - Cincinnati, OH

    The Humane Society of the United States

    This training shares tips on incorporating best behavior practices into daily operations, interpreting and responding to canine body language, stress reduction strategies through thoughtful handling, housing and enrichment, assessing behavior in the shelter environment, how behavior should (and sometimes shouldn't) influence adoptions, and behavior change basics. Speakers: Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA, CCBC, Director, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center; Cheryl Suydam, Manager, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center

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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue Training - Columbus, OH

    The Humane Society of the United States

    This training shares tips on incorporating best behavior practices into daily operations, interpreting and responding to canine body language, stress reduction strategies through thoughtful handling, housing and enrichment, assessing behavior in the shelter environment, how behavior should (and sometimes shouldn't) influence adoptions, and behavior change basics. Speakers: Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA, CCBC, Director, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center; Cheryl Suydam, Manager, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center

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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue Training - Medina, OH

    The Humane Society of the United States

    This training shares tips on incorporating best behavior practices into daily operations, interpreting and responding to canine body language, stress reduction strategies through thoughtful handling, housing and enrichment, assessing behavior in the shelter environment, how behavior should (and sometimes shouldn't) influence adoptions, and behavior change basics. Speakers: Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA, CCBC, Director, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center; Cheryl Suydam, Manager, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center

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  • Magazine Article

    (Fund)raising the bar

    Barks & Brews raises around $32,000 for Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Massachusetts, each year.

    Shelters and rescues team up with breweries to raise money for animals in need

    Dakin Humane Society’s Barks & Brews fundraiser at Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton, Massachusetts, is a “parade of dogs all day long,” says director of development and marketing Stacey Price. Now in its fourth year, animal lovers spend the day with their dogs, enjoying food trucks and home-made dog treats, training demonstrations, splash zones where dogs can cool off, and of course, beer.

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  • Magazine Article

    So you want to work in animal welfare

    How to prepare for the career you never knew existed

    What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, doctor, veterinarian or firefighter? Or maybe an actor, writer, athlete, hair stylist or wedding planner?

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