How do agencies avoid that frustrating and perhaps even crippling post-holiday adoption reconsideration? Like almost anything else, good communication up front – where both parties are actively listening – and even better follow-up can help make for better matches and successful adoptions..
Anyone who has held a supervisory position is accustomed to completing annual employee evaluations. But is your team familiar with shelter assessments? While shelters make routine evaluations of their employees a priority, they often fail to perform structured evaluations of their building and operations.
Whether it’s a call about a litter of helpless kittens or a baby bird that has fallen from its nest, we frequently get calls from animal lovers who want to help but don’t know what to do. These good Samaritans have the instinct to scoop up these infants and find help right away.
In a victory against animal cruelty, the FBI has begun collecting data on such crimes through its National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The initiative is the result of collaboration between the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Animal Welfare Institute.
When tragic incidents with pit bulls happen, as they have very recently in the metro Detroit area, many are quick to blame the breed, without seeing where the true responsibility lies: the dog’s owner. We share in the sadness of these tragedies, and it is understandable that, in the immediate aftermath, individuals try to find one simple solution to ensure similar incidents never happen again.
When I was an undergrad, I studied an unusual species of mouse called the spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus). They are unusual in that they are precocious – born with fur and able to move about and feed themselves (much different than the mice we are familiar with, where babies are born quite underdeveloped and fully dependent on their parents).
Community cats are found across the United States and have become an important topic in the animal welfare community. In Arizona, 30,000 cats were brought into Maricopa County animal shelters in 2013 — and the trend isn’t exclusive to the area.
We often hear: “It’s all about the animals,” but really, it’s not all about the animals. As CEO of a Humane Society, I’m immediately suspicious during any job interview when an interviewee states that they, “love animals more than people.