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by B.J. Rogers Whether you’re brand new to supervising, or have been at it for years, no good manager can afford to be without essential tools to do their job well. That’s why we love sharing skills we think rise to the top – and that’ll make your life and the lives of your colleagues […]

We cannot stress more how important microchips are to bringing pets and owners back together. This is Princess and Ziggy! This pair was found by a good Samaritan who brought them to our central Austin branch. We scanned the dog duo for microchips, and once we found them, we called their dad. Dad came right […]

Tis the season for mistletoe, warm meals, and longer wintery (or as close to winter as Texas weather can be) nights. While the ushering in of the holiday season brings joy, there is nothing joyful about having a pet emergency interrupt your cheer. 1. Holiday Food Holiday baking includes a lot of chocolate, seasoned meats, […]

What are Community Cats? From the Animal Humane Society: “Community cats are un-owned cats that live outdoors in the community. They may be feral or friendly, may have been born into the wild, or may be lost or abandoned pets.” Community cats usually live in colonies with other cats. Community cats are everywhere – colonies […]

by B.J. Rogers We’re leadership nerds at the Emancipet New School – always geeking out about new books, great TED Talks, and the most recent podcast a friend or colleague is keen on. Periodicially, we love to share those with you, so. . .a few of our faves below! READ: When two of the things […]

In central Texas, the winter weather seemed to come in screaming this year when outside temps dropped nearly 20 degrees overnight! Fortunately, southerners are used to a quickly changing temperatures this time of the year. However, our feline friends may not be so adept at dealing with significant and rapid weather changes. Community cats are […]

In February, I was helping put on a retreat out in the country. I was headed into town to buy groceries and saw a forlorn figure sitting in the middle of the rural road. I jammed on the brakes and went back to coax him to the side. He came to me. He was a […]

What are Community Cats? From the Animal Humane Society: “Community cats are un-owned cats that live outdoors in the community. They may be feral or friendly, may have been born into the wild, or may be lost or abandoned pets.” Community cats usually live in colonies with other cats.  Community cats are everywhere – colonies […]

Building a shelter for community cats can help ensure that they stay safe, warm and dry throughout the year! Supplies: Quality Plastic Storage Bin (Rubbermaid or similar) that holds around 68 liters. Styrofoam Cooler Straw Exacto Knife 4×6 wood planks 1. Mark and cut out a circular opening on the outside of the bin. This […]

Wherever you live, chances are pretty good that you’ve seen a community cat- you just might have mistaken it as a neighbor’s indoor/outdoor pet. If you’ve ever tried to interact with a feline who is unfamiliar to you, only to have him run away, instead of circling your feet and asking for food- he’s probably […]

Step 1: Start with a visual overview of the skin. Examine for areas that appear red or irritated. If you see a spot, get a closer look. Is it a tick, a hot spot, or something else? Step 2: Start at your pup’s head, and work your way over his body. Comb through the fur […]

by B.J. Rogers See if this sounds familiar: Congratulations! You’ve never managed anyone before, nor had any formal training (or any informal training for that matter) in supervision or management. But. . .you’re REALLY great at your current job, so we’re promoting you to manager. . .a role in which you’ll supervise three staff (two […]

Summer safety tips involve a lot of common sense, but in the fall, as the weather cools off, we may become a little more relaxed, and worry less about things like pets becoming overheating or sunburned. But this pleasant little season poses a few threats of its own. Oh, rats. Literally & Figuratively. This is […]

Just like humans, pets can strain muscles, have headaches, and even suffer from depression. But of course, they can’t tell us about any of these things. As owners, we should always pay close attention to our pets’ habits and behavior changes, and we can also be proactive in the way we approach their care, too. […]