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.
We all know what a healthy animal looks like, right? What about a healthy facility? Maybe not. A healthy facility is a well-managed shelter where both animals and people have their needs met by ensuring that three basic components are fulfilled: 1.
As animal welfare and animal care and control professionals, our biggest challenge and opportunity is to educate our constituents: staff, volunteers, potential adopters, donors, or even a board of directors. Education is crucial to success because lack of education or miseducation can deeply hurt our organizations’ animals by perpetuating detrimental myths.