Monthly Archives: May 2013

Common Animal Shelter Health Concerns: Hookworms


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Because your adoption center houses numerous animals in close proximity, you must always watch for potential health problems to avoid rapid proliferation. Hookworms are ¼ to ½-inch-long parasites that attach to the lining of an animal’s small intestine to feed on its blood. Hookworms belong to the family of worms called ancylostomatids, and several species of hookworms affect cats and dogs. Infections spread through several routes, so remaining proactive about prevention, monitoring animals, and treatment is important. Transmission of Hookworm […]

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Providing a Foster Home: Part Two


What makes the perfect foster home? The ideal foster home may not exist, but if it does, it would be a pet savvy person with no pets or a perfectly sociable dog and/or cat. The no-pet home is perfect for a dog or cat with animal fear or aggression issues. The foster pet can settle in, bond with the person and then gradually be exposed to socialized animals. It is also a person who can hand that animal over to […]

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Tips for Designing a Great Animal Shelter or Rescue Website


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Your animal shelter or rescue’s website is often your first engagement with potential adopters and donors. To help your animals find loving homes and to spread your message and fund your operation, the website must provide information clearly and concisely in a way that grabs and maintains attention. Here are a few tips for designing an effective website for your animal adoption center: 1. Make your website user-friendly and catchy—but not tacky. Pictures of adorable pets are an obvious way […]

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How Community Outreach Programs Helped Increase Adoptions at La Plata County Humane Society


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Sadie, a black mixed-breed dog, had been scheduled for euthanasia at a shelter in New Mexico before she was transferred to the La Plata County Humane Society in Durango, Colo. earlier this year. Ken Hibbard, the shelter’s education and outreach coordinator, spent a day and a half gaining her trust, then started taking her for walks. When he thought she was ready, he gave her a trial run in the shelter’s “Read to a Dog” program, in which shelter volunteers […]

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Providing a Foster Home: Part One


Providing a foster home for a pet in need can be a wonderful experience for you and the animal. Fostering frees up space in a crowded shelter or facility so you’re actually helping two animals – the one you take home and the one who now has a safe space. Fostering also allows a shelter or group to assist animals with special needs that can’t be accommodated in a regular facility. Fostering might be a good option if you aren’t […]

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