Category: Shelter

Euthanasia in Shelters: Data and Decisionmaking

By Amy Schindler

Euthanasia in shelters is a frequently discussed topic among staff, volunteers, and increasingly on social media by people with little experience of the realities of the situation being discussed. Looking at these often highly emotional discussions, it would seem that the only two options at a shelter are to adopt or house all animals regardless of temperament, or to euthanize large numbers of animals without just cause.

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Boo! Training a Bear: 2018

By Cindy Peacock CPDT KA, KPA CTP

Readers were introduced to Boo, a male grizzly bear (Ursus arctos), in the Winter 2018 issue of the IAABC Journal. Born in 2002,  Boo weighs around 550-600 pounds in the spring, and up to 750-850 pounds in the winter before hibernation.

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The Shelter Playgroup Alliance

By Mara Velez

Toward the end of 2017, I was putting the final touches on a canine enrichment program for the open-admission, high-volume shelter at which I am a behavior and training consultant. I started to develop an inter-dog playgroup protocol and training for our staff and volunteers.

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What are we going to do with these cats?! Case studies in difficult-to-home shelter cats.

By Cheryl Kolus, DVM

I finally had a moment to get some work done on my laptop, so I pulled a chair up to the desk and started typing away. Oomie joined me. The sleek black cat jumped on my lap and settled in comfortably, purring. After a minute or two, Oomie stretched his forepaws up on my chest, looked at me contentedly—and bit me in the face. “Oh, Oomie. What are we going to do with you?” I said to my worried reflection in the mirror as I wiped the blood from my cheek.

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