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Study: Pet store puppies have more aggression, anxiety, and house-soiling problems

March 30, 2017

There’s an important tool to help in the fight against puppy mill puppies sold through pet stores: They’re more likely to be aggressive with their owners, strangers and other dogs. They’re also more fearful and suffer more from separation anxiety. In a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and led… Learn More

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Once a victim of horrific abuse, a dog named Caitlyn leads the way in saving other animals

March 22, 2017

No matter where you live, you probably remember hearing the heart-wrenching story (and photo) of the staffie-mix dog found with her muzzle taped shut. Her name is Caitlyn and her story of survival went viral, shining a light on animal cruelty. Nearly two years after she was found that day in Charleston, SC, Caitlyn has… Learn More

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When a kitten dies of FIP, what should shelters do about the rest of the litter?

January 31, 2017

Animal shelters dread it: the death of a single kitten in a litter from feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). How much risk are the littermates at of becoming ill? Should they be kept in isolation from other cats, and if so, for how long? Should they be adopted out? If so, when? And what do you… Learn More

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What Sherri Franklin’s CNN Hero of the Year nomination means for senior dogs and rescue animals everywhere

November 23, 2016

When Sherri Franklin started Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, she not only wanted to rescue senior dogs, but also change the way the world perceived and treated them. Just nine short years later, with over 4,200 senior dogs saved, and a nomination for CNN's Hero of the Year award, it's safe to say she's done just that.… Learn More

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No Cat Left Behind: How to Get Special Needs Cats Adopted

Monica FrendenFebruary 2017

Learn how to place special needs cats through innovative programs, marketing, and adopter support. Learn More

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Matchmaking - Working with Adopters and Pets to Increase Adoptions

Ryan PlunkettFebruary 2017

Learn about how this program develops and maintains cutting-edge initiatives aimed at decreasing dog length of stay and improving the success rate of adoptions. Learn More

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Innovative Fostering: Saving More Dogs with Behavioral Challenges

Kristen AuerbachAugust 2016

Has your shelter struggled to achieve live outcomes for dogs who display common behavioral challenges like kennel stress, barrier reactivity and fear-based aggression? Learn how you could turn that around and save more dogs lives. Learn More

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Perfectly imperfect senior dog finally meets his match

August 24, 2016

What's the definition of the perfect dog? Depends on who you ask. But one thing was for sure – I knew I wasn't it. Unless the definition was "an anxious ten year old Jack Russell terrier mix who chases his tail and doesn't get along with other dogs" but I'm smarter than that. It only took… Learn More

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Just say no to the ‘conventional wisdom’: Sherri Franklin’s Aha! journey saving senior dogs

August 9, 2016

How much of the “conventional wisdom” about adoption and foster programs makes sense, and how much of it just keeps your organization from saving as many animals as it could? That was the question on Sherri Franklin’s mind as she first created Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a San Francisco organization that has saved thousands of… Learn More

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From ‘terrible’ dog to therapy dog, Eddie proves he is the least boring dog in the world

July 20, 2016

He became famous as “the most terrible dog in the world.” Now he’s a therapy dog. How did that happen? When you're transformed by love, it seems anything is possible. Even for Eddie the Terrible. In celebration of National Anti-boredom Month, we're dubbing Eddie (now Teddy) the least boring dog in the world! Now happy… Learn More

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When Community Cats Need a New Address: Secrets to a Successful Relocation Program

June 1, 2016

Learn how to start and run a community cat relocation program, how to use low stress humane trapping methods for community cats, and how to evaluate community cats to determine if they are best suited for a relocation program. This course will help you determine the best low stress housing options for community cats in your program, and how to successfully find and talk to relocation adopters.

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Maddie Talks: Aha Moments - Inspirational Speakers Getting it Done

May 2016

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The magic ingredient for success in adopting a puppy mill survivor

March 24, 2016

It’s the most important step you can take to help a newly adopted puppy mill dog adjust, say experts: If you don’t already have one, get another dog. While patience is the quality most needed by puppy mill rescue adopters, research conducted by Dr. Frank McMillan and presented at the University of Florida Maddie’s® Shelter… Learn More

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Puppy mill survivor takes fashion world by storm

March 23, 2016

She’s a dog who “looks like a cute hobo.” She’s the darling of the fashion world. She’s a spokesdog for shelter pet adoption. And she’s a puppy mill survivor. We’re talking about Toast Meets World, the adorable, tongue-lolling, sunglasses-wearning dog who has Instagram eating out of the palm of her paw. When she was suggested… Learn More

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Social media help for veterinary practices that are fostering orphaned kittens

March 10, 2016

Would you like local veterinarians to help foster orphaned kittens for your rescue group or shelter? Would the clinics be more willing to participate if they were offered some PR support? Or are you a veterinary practice that is already fostering kittens, or would like to, but could use some help getting them adopted, as… Learn More

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A dog’s-eye view of what ‘Leap Day’ is really all about

February 29, 2016

Want a dog’s-eye view of why they call it Leap Day and not extra day or something like that? I have a theory. As three-legged dog, I’m familiar with the physical act of leaping. But after the past six months, I also know a thing or two about metaphoric leaping. See, I think Leap Day… Learn More

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Hard-luck pup finds true love, #ThanksToMaddie

February 11, 2016

Ah, Valentine's Day. You either love it, or you loathe it — am I right? I'll be the first to admit I used loathe it (with a capital L!). But it turns out my true Valentine was named Suzanne. I probably don’t need to, but allow me to introduce myself. I’m Vinny. That’s right, the infamous… Learn More

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This little dog never gave up, and found her home for the holidays!

December 23, 2015

A little dog who found her home at last shares the true meaning of Christmas Spirit! Is it tough to have the Christmas spirit? Do you sometimes feel a little blue this time of year? If you had asked me this last year, I could have said yes. No one would have blamed me. Waiting… Learn More

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Maddie's Treatable Assistance Program

December 2015

Maddie’s® Treatable Assistance Program was a pilot project in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties to support the adoptions of senior and/or medically treatable homeless dogs and cats originating from animal control shelters in those counties. Learn More

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Think senior pets can’t adjust to a new home? Expert says to think again!

November 12, 2015

How likely is it that a senior pet can adapt to ending up in a shelter, being pulled by a rescue group, placed into one or more foster homes, and finally adopted — with a few stops at adoption events long the way? Almost guaranteed, says Sherri Franklin, who’s definitely in a position to know.… Learn More

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Shelters and rescue groups: Is it time to take the fear out of FeLV?

October 6, 2015

Animal organizations have done a pretty good job of destigmatizing FIV-positive cats, and adopters have begun welcoming them into their families in larger numbers than could have been imagined 20 years ago. But cats who test positive for feline leukemia (FeLV) don’t fare as well in the hands of adoption groups. Is it time to… Learn More

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Dog rescued with embedded collar tries to save other dogs from her fate

September 29, 2015

Can a dog who’s had something terrible happen to her not only try to protect herself from that same thing happening in the future, but the other dogs she lives with, too? She can if she’s Casey the Wonderdog! Being in humane work for the past 36 years, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my… Learn More

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Removing Barriers to Adoption: How Evidence, Innovation and Compassion Grow Pet Adoptions

Cynthia D. Delany and Kelly LeeMay 2015

Because people in animal welfare often see terrible things befall pets, and because of genuine concern for the animals, we’ve sometimes gone overboard in terms of regulating, requiring, constraining, screening and even getting in the way of successful adoptions. Learn More

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Beyond Labels: Advocating for all Dogs, with the Love-A-Bull Team - Part 1

Leala Ward-VinsonFebruary 2015

Take a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally, eliminating breed-related stigmas, abolishing outdated policies and improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes and their families access to resources. Learn More

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Beyond Labels: Advocating for all Dogs, with the Love-A-Bull Team - Part 3

Lindsey OrtizFebruary 2015

Take a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally, eliminating breed-related stigmas, abolishing outdated policies and improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes and their families access to resources. Learn More

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Foster Faster: Growing Your Dog Foster Program

Faith WrightFebruary 2015

Learn how to expand your foster program to save the even harder to place big dogs, often considered "the last 10%". Learn More

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Rescuing Dogs from the Euthanasia List

Palmer NeuhausFebruary 2015

Fifty percent of the dogs in Austin, Texas were dying in 2008 when Austin Pets Alive! began saving lives. The rescue team had merely one- to two-hours to go through the euthanasia list, choose animals and save them before their time was up. Learn how the rescue team evaluated and chose dogs. Learn More

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Getting Big Dogs Out of the Shelter via Canine Good Citizen Training

Marian Cannell and Amy LewisFebruary 2015

Through a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, Austin Pets Alive! embarked on a six-month pilot program to test the effectiveness of Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training on adoption rates.  The results have been very good and show a clear adoption rate difference between dogs who undergo training and those who don’t.  Learn More

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Saving All the Little Dogs: Small Dog Behavior Issues

Faith Wright and Deaven WilsonFebruary 2015

Do you know how many small breed dogs are euthanized in your community shelter?  In Austin, Texas in 2008, it was many more than would have been expected (roughly 500).   Do you know that nearly ALL of them can be saved and although many are marked "aggressive”, they rarely are? Learn More

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Saving Parvo Positive Pups

Katie Kresek and Alexis Bardzinksi, DVMFebruary 2015

Parvovirus is a major killer of dogs and puppies in shelters.  Austin Pets Alive! built the first parvo ward that actively takes parvo-positive dogs from the community and other shelters for treatment and then placement. Learn More

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Effective Dog Marketing for Adoption

Elizabeth Doyle and Summer HugginsFebruary 2015

Marketing dogs, especially hard-to-place dogs, is an art form as well as a systematic process. Learn how to create a winning system utilizing a volunteer force, as well as how to write effectively about those dogs to get adoption applications coming in. Learn More

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High Volume Dog Adoptions 2.0: Multiple Avenues with a Shelter as a Home Base

Lexy Bonge & Deaven WilsonFebruary 2015

As an organization grows, the complexity of operations grows too.  Adoptions are the #1 objective in a no-kill city and Austin Pets Alive! (APA) still saves the dogs most at risk for euthanasia. As more and more dogs are saved by the city shelter and the community, the pool of dogs still in need gets more and more narrow and eventually is mostly comprised of adult (or teenager) large breed dogs with generally poor manners and a lot of energy. Learn More

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How to Start and Grow a Large Bottle Baby Program in Your Community, Part 1

Casandra MensingFebruary 2015

In this is a two-part presentation, you’ll learn how to start and build a bottle baby nursery, plus how to create a foster network for neonates. In Part 1, Casandra Mensing will share her experience running APA!’s Nursery, from its meager beginnings to the groundbreaking phenomenon that it is today. Learn More

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How to Start and Grow a Large Bottle Baby Program Part 2

Rachel Sherinian February 2015

In this is a two-part presentation, you’ll learn how to start and build a bottle baby nursery, plus how to create a foster network for neonates. In Part 2, Rachel Sherinian will focus In finding, training, and retaining specialized foster families for kittens, whether you have a nursery or not.  Learn More

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Taking Troubled Tabbies from Naughty to Nice

Sara Cookson and Kristin Hill February 2015

Every rescue encounters troubled cats with issues that go beyond tortitude. The Austin Pet’s Alive! Cat Behavior Team will teach you how to prevent behavior problems before they start. Learn More

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FeLV Without Fear

Steve Okino February 2015

Too often, routine euthanasia is the prescription for cats with the Feline Leukemia Virus. That’s changing. Learn More

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Cat Adoptions 2.0 High Volume Cat Adoptions

Monica FrendenFebruary 2015

Too many cats, not enough adopters? Supersize your cat adoption program! In this Level 2 seminar, you'll learn how to manage a population of hundreds of cats in varying stages of your organization. Learn More

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The Evolution of Adoption Programs: Taking Breed Out of the Equation, Part 1

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Caitlin QuinnMay 2014

Shelter medicine teams have the opportunity to take the lead in utilizing innovative adoption policies to save more lives. Cutting-edge research reveals that we should focus our efforts on breed-neutral best practices with proven effectiveness to make policy and adoption decisions, rather than relying on breed. Learn More

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The Evolution of Adoption Programs: Marketing to Save Lives, Part 2

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Caitlin QuinnMay 2014

Innovations in the way we consider marketing adoptions in shelters mean that everyone has the opportunity to put on their PR hat - including medical team members! Once breed-neutral policies are in place, learn how to implement strategies that decrease barriers to adoption and increase live outcomes. Learn More

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FIV-positive and FIV-negative cats: A love story

November 18, 2014

Can FIV+ and FIV- kitties find true love together? You bet! Learn More

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Will People Adopt a Pet with Diarrhea? You Bet!

January 2013

Think adopters can't handle diarrhea? Think again. We reached out to pet owners who adopted dogs and cats suffering from loose stool and digestive problems, and found that it didn't scare them off. In most cases, the pets responded quickly to the same basic treatment outlined by the experts we spoke to in this issue. In a few instances, the course was a little tougher, but these adopters stuck to it. Check out this slideshow with these happy endings! Learn More

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Adoptable Ideas Part 3: Pit Bull Terriers and Mixes

January 2013

Do your Pits need some pizzazz? Looking for ways to give your bully breed dogs an image makeover? Need some tips on creative and successful strategies for finding homes for your Pit bulls, Pit mixes, and Pit-appearing dogs? Take a look at these ideas and resources. Learn More

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Breed Stereotype and Effects of Handler Appearance on Perceptions of Pit Bulls

Lisa GunterNovember 2012

Would posing an available pit bull in a picture with a child or elderly woman enhance the perception of the dog's friendliness and adoptability? You bet. Learn More

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Adoptable Ideas Part 2: Breed Stereotypes and Pets with Special Needs

Lisa GunterNovember 2012


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Adoptable Ideas Part 1: Pets Who deserve a Second Look

September 2012

Wondering how to inspire people to take a second look at some of the pets who keep getting passed over? The Humane Society of Indianapolis shares a few promotions guaranteed to turn the spotlight on those harder-to-place pets. Learn More

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Muttville Nation: A Community in Love with Senior Dogs

Sherri FranklinSeptember 2012

Older homeless pets - even those with age-related illnesses - do not have to be a big adoption challenge, says Muttville founder Sherri Franklin. Muttville has placed over 1,300 senior dogs since 2007. Learn More

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Instructions and Prognostic Information for Adopters of Puppy Mill and Hoarding Animals

Franklin D. McMillan, DVM, DACVIMAugust 2012

Animals adopted out after rescue from puppy mill and hoarding environments present adopters with a wide array of challenges. Learn More

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Getting to the Treatables

Barbara CarrMay 2012

There is nothing like actually doing something to convince you that it can be done! That's what Erie County, New York, found out when they set out to save all their community's treatable pets, and saved 65 percent of them in a single year. Cats with chronic urinary tract infections, pets with diabetes - and yes, a paraplegic pit bull. They did it, and so can you. Learn More

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Successfully Marketing Treatable Dogs and Cats

Bonney BrownMay 2012

Nevada Humane Society Director, Bonney Brown, tells you about using everything but the kitchen sink to creatively market harder-to-place pets at the 2012 HSUS Animal Care EXPO. (On second thought, maybe she mentions the kitchen sink, too.) You'll have your local news media eating out of your hands - we guarantee it! Learn More

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Three Paws Down and They Are Out the Door – Lessons Learned to Treat the Treatables and Increase Your Lifesaving Efforts

Barbara Hanek, DVMMay 2012

It's great to talk about treating the treatables, but where do you start? What does it mean on a day to day, or even hour to hour, basis? Find out how Dr. Barbara Hanek, Director of Shelter Medicine for PAWS Chicago, has used common sense, dedication, and team work to get some of the community's sickest, most vulnerable pets healthy and into loving homes. Learn More

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One Good Story Can Raise Funds to Save Lives

Bonney BrownMay 2012

Bonney Brown, Executive Director of the Nevada Humane Society, capitalizes on the stories of special needs animals to find the pets homes, underwrite their care, pay for the rehabilitation of nearly all the treatable dogs and cats in the shelter, and generate more awareness and financial support for the entire organization. Learn More

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Using Data to Make Austin a No-Kill City

Ellen Jefferson, DVMMarch 2012

Today, Austin has a save rate of 91%. That wasn’t the case just four years ago when 44% of the animals coming into the Austin Animal Center were losing their lives. Dr. Ellen Jefferson recounts how she used the shelter’s data to figure out bottlenecks in the system and develop and fine-tune programs to fill in the gaps. Learn More

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Feline URI in Your Shelter? Have a 'Cats With Colds' Clearance!

February 2012

A great idea became a winning marketing tool at the Dane County Humane Society - and found new homes for cats with colds. Learn More

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Incorrect Breed Identification Costs Dogs Their Lives

February 2012

Can you be sure of the breed of dogs in your shelter? A recent study suggests that visual identification of breed is unreliable. Learn More

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Seniors and Shelters: Looking After Geriatric Pets in Shelters and Getting Them Adopted

Susan Krebsbach, DVMOctober 2011

Dr. Susan Krebsbach, veterinary specialist in behavior with over 20 years' experience working with animal shelters, talks at the Purdue/Maddie's Shelter Medicine Symposium 2011 about senior pets in animal shelters and how to get them adopted. Learn More

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Our Hearts Are Ready: Are Our Shelters? Editorial

Rich AvanzinoOctober 2011

It's a deadly mistake for shelters to assume that animal lovers won't open their hearts and homes to the most challenging cases in their care. Learn More

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Marvelously Mature

September 2011

Senior pets may have an advantage with some adopters. Maddie's Fund surveyed several successful senior pet adoption programs, and found out what it takes to tap into a senior-friendly adoption market. Learn More

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Marketing Treatable Pets - Every Creature Has a Story

Bonney BrownMay 2011

Get the scoop on using everything but the kitchen sink to creatively market harder-to-place pets. (On second thought, maybe you'll be using the kitchen sink, too.) You'll have your local news media eating out of your hands – we guarantee it! Learn More

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Bully for You!

May 2011

Special events are significantly increasing pit bull adoptions in Erie County, New York. Learn More

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Humane Society Silicon Valley: Going the Extra Mile for Animals in Need

January 2011

Saving animals with treatable health and behavior conditions is the focus of this Northern California animal shelter. Learn More

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Sherri Franklin: Fairy Godmother to Senior Dogs

June 2010

Sherri founded Muttville, an organization devoted to finding homes for senior canines, and in just three years, has placed nearly 700 dogs. Learn More

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Solving the Pit Bull Problem

February 2010

Even though 70 to 80% percent of the dogs at Berkeley Animal Care Services in Berkeley, California are pit bulls or pit bull mixes, the dogs are getting adopted. Read how the City of Berkeley does it - and how your community can, too. Learn More

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Finding Homes for Senior Pets

2007

Shelters find that many adopters have a "soft spot" for graybeards. Learn More

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What is a Treatable Shelter Pet? Editorial

Richard Avanzino2005

The treatable designation need not require the shelters to provide the called-for treatment or rehabilitation. The idea is to put in writing what the shelters are aiming to achieve for the community's homeless pets. Learn More