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Guest Post: Keeping Your Dog Busy While You’re Working At Home by Eliza Burr

If you have pets and you’ve ever had to work from home, you’re probably all too familiar with pet interruptions. You’re in the middle of that important teleconference or video call and suddenly, CRASH, BOOM, (frantic scuffling noise). You, and … Continue reading Guest Post: Keeping Your Dog Busy While You’re Working At Home by Eliza Burr

One of the First Trap-Neuter-Return Programs: MRFRS

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society was one of the first organizations in the United States to launch a Trap-Neuter-Return program. It started in 1992 when two concerned residents, Dorothy Fairweather and Jan DeWitt, “approached the president of the local … Continue reading One of the First Trap-Neuter-Return Programs: MRFRS

The Beatrice Humane Society, A No-Kill Model for Rural Nebraska

In 2018, the Beatrice Humane Society operated with an amazing 94.1% live release rate. The shelter took in 856 dogs and cats from Gage County; 810 of them were placed in new homes through the help of local and regional … Continue reading The Beatrice Humane Society, A No-Kill Model for Rural Nebraska

Compassion Fatigue

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and recently completed their course entitled Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consisted of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Throughout the fall, I’ve been sharing highlights here from my studies. In the twelfth and final week of my Principles and Practices course, Jessica Dolce spoke on the topic of compassion fatigue. She defined it, explained why it’s so common in the … Continue reading Compassion Fatigue

How The Nebraska Humane Society Helps Challenging Dogs

The mission of the Nebraska Humane Society is to “protect, save, and enrich” the lives of animals in the Omaha area. To that end, NHS offers programs such as the Breed Project and the Molly Project. Dawn Thrapp is a behavior specialist at NHS and a trainer for the Breed Project, a program for dogs defined as Pit Bulls under Omaha’s Breed Specific Regulations. The program allows owners to gain a muzzle exemption and acquire Breed Ambassador status for their dog. Christina Ferency is the chief operating officer of the NHS behavior department, which runs the Molly Project. The program … Continue reading How The Nebraska Humane Society Helps Challenging Dogs

Interview with Nebraska Humane Society

Founded in 1875, The Nebraska Humane Society was originally established for the protection of both animals and children. In the mid 1940’s, state agencies began to embrace child welfare issues, leaving the Nebraska Humane Society as the sole organization within the Omaha area designated for the protection of animals. The Nebraska Humane Society is the fifth oldest humane society in the United States and today is also one of the largest. Its mission is to protect, save, and enrich the lives of animals in the Omaha area. To that end, it offers many programs such as training classes and behavior modification programs, … Continue reading Interview with Nebraska Humane Society

Kindness Matters

I recently received the following message from an animal rescue volunteer: “Sadly, I have been struggling a lot in the animal rescue field. Sure, I’ll continue to donate and adopt from shelters or rescues, but I’ve just been burned financially and emotionally too many times by those in rescue. Too many folks in rescue are so blinded with helping save as many as possible that everything else becomes lost in the fray. As a pet foster parent, I always end up feeling forgotten and abandoned. After this current foster is adopted, I’m done.” As yet another volunteer wearied of the … Continue reading Kindness Matters

A Dream Job: Brynn’s Critters

When one grows up with pets–ranging from rats to horses–one’s entire life, chances are one will  remain an animal lover. Moreover, you’ll probably seek out a career working with animals. For Kim Kempkes, both are absolutely true. She currently has eight cats and three dogs of her own, as well as two foster dogs. A few years ago, with the goal of running an animal rescue, Kim graduated from Southeast Community College with an Associate’s Degree in business administration and from Animal Behavior College with a certificate in dog training. On the way to starting a rescue, to raise funds, Kim … Continue reading A Dream Job: Brynn’s Critters

Interview with Charleen Engberg, Capital Humane Society

What is known today as the Capital Humane Society began in 1902 as the Lancaster County Humane Society. The first shelter was located in a shed near the West ‘O’ Street viaduct. The Society’s mission focused on the prevention of cruelty to children and horses. Around 1907, the services expanded to include a variety of animals. Other expansions have included: in spring of 2004, renovation was completed on the new Spay/Neuter Vet clinic at the shelter, allowing the Capital Humane Society to spay and neuter all dogs and cats going into the adoption program; and in 2013, the Pieloch Pet Adoption … Continue reading Interview with Charleen Engberg, Capital Humane Society