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Animal Sheltering magazine

A magazine for anyone who cares about the health and happiness of animals and people in their community, Animal Sheltering goes beyond the four walls of shelters and rescues to look at the broader picture of the state of pets in the U.S. We cover stories that inform and entertain, empowering and inspiring you in your daily work. From those working to save more animals’ lives at the shelter to those helping prevent pets from being there in the first place, we’re covering the people and organizations that are making a difference. Read us, share with us, talk to us. Together, we’re changing the story.

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  • President's Note

    Moving Animals—in the Right Direction

    The long-distance transport of rescued animals—from state to state and even from far-away countries—has long given animals in trouble a second chance. The gale-force winds of Hurricane Katrina and the massive rescue work it inspired produced a nationwide diaspora of Gulf Coast animals. The shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi were either submerged or full, and long-distance transport was the only way to save lives.

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  • 101 Department

    Forget the Fairy Tale

    Lowering your drawbridge will help more adopters and animals live happily ever after

    Almost two years ago, I set out to adopt a Chihuahua from a rescue group that prides itself on finding “carefully screened forever homes.”

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  • Rescue Central

    Rethinking Returns

    Repurposing a shelter management tool to control the flow of animals who come back

    It’s a scenario longtime rescuers have nightmares about, and yet we rarely see it coming: One day, seemingly out of the blue, you get the email message: “URGENT! I need to return Fido to you this weekend!”

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  • Shelter Medicine

    Making the Shelter a Happier Place for Animals

    Practical tips on how to help the animals in your care feel good

    Read the first of Dr. Griffin’s columns on emotional wellness in the Sep-Oct 2015 issue of Animal Sheltering.

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  • Unforgettable

    Marvelous Mervin

    Toothless Mervin gets thousands of "likes" on Instagram and even more love from his family.

    The first time I saw Mervin, he was burrowed under a blanket with just his little head sticking out, barking (or yelling, as I like to call it), at nothing in particular. He clearly had a lot to say. I could feel that there was something special about this little guy.

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  • Magazine Article

    Breaking Down Care Barriers

    Getting veterinary services to where they're most needed

    May/June 2015

    Access to basic medical careis considered a fundamental human right in many nations. In any community, it has a major impact on quality of life. This goes not only for humans, but for their companion animals as well. Most of us know that if we wake up with a sore throat, we can drive to a doctor. Similarly, when our pets are unwell, we can take them to a veterinarian and get the treatment to help make them healthy.

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  • Magazine Article

    A Mop With a Soul Inside

    May/June 2015

    Willard was on the run. He eluded animal service officers for days before they were finally able to catch and bring him to the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) in Madison. He arrived scared, exhausted and in desperate need of a shave.

    A standard poodle mix, Willard had a coat that was completely overgrown, matted and full of burrs. For over an hour, Willard patiently waited while veterinary technicians shaved his coat. It was as if he knew our staff was there to help. It was remarkable to see that under all that fur, there was one very skinny and relieved dog.

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  • Magazine Article

    Mutterings

    A round-up of fun, inspiring news tidbits from the animal welfare world.

    March/April 2015

    SNR by the Numbers

    Advocates of trap-neuter-return (TNR) and shelter-neuter-return (SNR) have long spoken about their power to decrease shelter cat intakes and euthanasia. Now there’s more data to back up these claims.

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  • Magazine Article

    What's in a Label?

    By removing breed labels and posting glam shots by Pawsitive Shelter Photography, Orange County Animal Services encourages potential adopters to look at each dog as an individual. PAUL L.

    Florida shelter takes the guesswork out of breed mixes

    March/April 2015

    Mom was a black-and-white cocker spaniel. Dad was a reddish tan basenji with a white chest and perky ears. And the pups?

    Well, if they showed up at an animal shelter, they might be labeled Lab-pit bull mixes. Or perhaps border collie-beagles. Or some combination that—at least in the mind of the person handling intake—would account for a short black coat with white accents, floppy ears, medium size, muscular build and wide forehead.

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  • Magazine Article

    Who Fosters? iFoster

    Shelter boosts adoptions with virtual foster program

    March/April 2015

    People have lots of reasons for not fostering animals: I don’t have room for another animal. I’m allergic. I’m afraid I’ll get too attached.

    Well, now there’s an app for that—one that allows people to “foster” virtually, and serve as public relations agents for the animals they choose.

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  • Magazine Article

    Remembering Katrina

    After boarding a plane in Vermont, Boo-Boo Kitty had a joyful reunion with Letha Alongi in Louisiana.

    It’s been nearly 10 years since the storm hit, but for those on the front lines of rescue efforts, Hurricane Katrina is simply unforgettable.

    March/April 2015

    For many, it was a life-defining experience—one that brought lasting friendships and new perspectives, inspired career changes and renewed people’s commitment to helping animals. Here, rescuers reflect on the devastating losses, the miraculous saves and the lessons learned in the aftermath of a storm that changed us all.

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