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ANIMAL SHELTERING

JULY / AUGUST 2010

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Scoop

Joan Laisney and her team of volunteer seamstresses churn out thousands of free pet beds to make life more comfortable for shelter animals in the San Diego area; staff at the Toledo Area Humane Society nurse a burned cat back to health; this year’s annual Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest raises more than half a million dollars for animal welfare groups across the country and around the world; a groundbreaking symposium brings the dream of nonsurgical sterilization a little closer; a Mississippi shelter not only survives a hurricane and a fire, but goes on to expand its spay/neuter efforts; and more.

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Coffee Break

In your space, you told us about the most heartwarming experience you’ve ever had in the animal welfare field.

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The "101" Department

Thinking of hiring a veterinarian to join your staff? There’s more involved than you might think. It’s a process that starts long before you send an offer letter—a process that ideally follows a thorough evaluation of your shelter, its needs and capabilities, and the tasks you need a vet to perform.

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Q&A

A pair of recently published books makes a convincing case that farm animals—chickens, pigs, sheep, cows, and others—are intellectually and emotionally complex creatures with social skills and needs not so different from our own.

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Shelter Medicine

During the spring and summer—also known as “kitten season” to shelters and rescues—pregnant cats, nursing mothers, and kittens overwhelm facilities across the nation. Shelters have to take extra measures to protect young kittens from exposure to germs, and must provide them with a series of vaccinations, plus high-quality nutrition and proper deworming, to keep those mewing fuzz balls healthy.

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Behavior Department

Being able to recognize the signs of stress in cats and dogs isn’t enough these days—not when shelters are taking in a veritable Noah’s Ark of homeless pets. It’s essential that every species in your shelter receives appropriate, individualized care, which goes a long way toward reducing stress, improving health— and increasing the chances of adoption.

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Off Leash

Marti Houge’s bright bandanas give colorchallenged pooches a better chance of catching someone’s eye.