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When The Checks Create Imbalances

Monday, March 20 2017

The ASPCA’s B.J. Rogers reflects on the nature of open adoptions—and what can happen when we presume the outcome is “yes.”

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When Was the Last Time You Adopted a Cat?

Wednesday, March 15 2017

Dr. Margaret Slater urges you to put yourself in the shoes of a potential adopter.

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The Building Does Not Dictate the Program

Friday, March 10 2017

Are you running a shelter out of a less-than-ideal facility? Is that getting in the way of providing good programs for the animals in your care? The ASPCA’s Kate Pullen asks some more tough questions and shares an inspiring example of an all-volunteer agency that’s making it work out of a decommissioned fire station!


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Most Popular Tools & Tips

Article ASV Shelter Guidelines

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians provides research-based guidelines that help meet sheltered animals' physical, medical, and behavioral needs, and we've created resources to help you use the guidelines efficiently and easily.

Tips Year-End Fundraising Strategies

These tips can help you entice year-end givers and pave a smoother financial road next year.

How-to Stress and Animal Protection Work

Check out this series for ways to harness the energy that comes with stress, create coping strategies for managers, and prevent staff burnout.

Tips Welcome! We’re So Glad You’re Here

These simple tips can make your shelter a more welcoming place – and that’s good for everyone!