The Art of Teamwork

By Gail Radtke Lanie’s calm temperament made her an ideal candidate (now retired) for the St. John Ambulance (SJA) therapy dog program in British Columbia © Gail Radtke In a previous article I wrote about how my dog, Lanie, became a St. John Ambulance (SJA) therapy dog in British Columbia,…

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Thinking Outside the Shelter

By Melissa Taylor  (Left to right) Owner Kate, Blake the dog, and behavior volunteer Laura practice cooperative vaccination, reducing stress associated with the procedure and making restraint unnecessary © Friends For Life Like many shelters, my shelter, Friends For Life Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, relies heavily on volunteers to…

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Dog Parks: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality

By Rachel Brix Truly dog-social dogs are usually the best fit for dog parks and it is important for owners to objectively assess and make decisions based on what type of dogs they have whether or not they would be successful in that type of environment © Rachel Brix The…

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Examining Bird vs. Human Expectations

By Sheila S. Blanchette Building trust: the human-avian relationship goal should be creating a mutual trusting partnership © Can Stock Photo / Vividrange Anthropomorphism is quite a mouthful of a word, defined by Lexico (2021) as “the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.” Anthropomorphism…

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Saving Detainees and Dogs, One Life at a Time

By Lisa Waggoner  The Rescued Program is 12 weeks in length and comprises eight to 10 detainees working with six to eight dogs selected by two shelter partners © Lisa Waggoner “The rehabilitation of inmates requires a willing state of mind, a helpful attitude which insists upon finding something of…

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Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

By Melissa Taylor and Alese Zeman One of the duties of BV2s, like Beverly Burns, is carrying out matching assessments to help adopters find the right fit © Friends For Life There’s no way we at Friends For Life Animal Shelter can handle all of Houston, Texas’s feline behavior needs,…

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An Open Letter to Animal Shelters and Rescues

By the Pet Professional Guild Geek Week 2021 “For the Love of Rescue”: Supporting Shelter and Rescue Continued Professional Development A day does not go by where we, the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) do not see and recognize all the hard work and emotional investment that you and your team…

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Stimulation for Psittacines

By Amy Martin Zazous with Flat Stanley: Enrichment will enhance a companion parrot’s life in many ways © Amy Martin Physical and mental stimulation is vital to every species on the planet. Squid, poison dart frogs, pigs, rats, cats, tortoises, spiders, jaguars, sheep, dogs, ferrets, parrots, you name it, they…

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“No-Kill” Shelters Are Not Enough

Sometimes pet owners hit a rough patch and may have no option but to give up their pets, but if a helping hand were available, perhaps more pets could stay in loving homes © Can Stock Photo / Amaviael An article I read recently in the New York Times (online)…

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