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10 ways shelters can decrease barking

How can shelters decrease barking? Animal shelters are crazy loud, right? The ASPCA’s webinar “Canine Behavior and Acoustics” focused on noisy shelter environments and how the noise affects the dogs. The webinar was presented by Dr. Patricia McConnell, a certified applied animal behaviorist. I was most interested in the section on how shelters can decrease …

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Black dog syndrome is a myth

Myths and negative stereotypes do not help dogs get adopted. Shelter volunteers love to use them, though, and it’s hurting the dogs. “We have so many unwanted pitbulls,” a volunteer might say to a potential adopter. But pitbulls are far from “unwanted.” They’re among the most popular types of dogs in America. “We also have tons of …

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Community support for no kill

Duluth shelter accepts 63 extra cats It’s Friday, and that means I’d like to share an example of people doing amazing work for homeless animals. This week Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth, Minn., was faced with the challenge of accepting more than 60 cats from an alleged hoarding situation, according to the Duluth News Tribune. …

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