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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

    Moving Beyond the Storm

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily.

    March/April 2015

    Almost a decade ago, Hurricane Katrina ran aground in the Gulf Coast, whipsawing a great American city and leaving hundreds of communities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in shambles. The human tragedy was immediately obvious, with nearly 2,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

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  • Magazine Article

    Net Worth

    Having an animal safely contained in a net can allow you to perform some basic medical procedures, such as injections.

    Tips and tricks for one of the most important animal-handling tools

    March/April 2015

    I started using netson my first day as an animal control officer, more than 25 years ago. Faced with the task of catching a feral cat who had escaped into the backyard of a hoarder’s residence, I used a net with a small mesh size to safely and humanely contain and then transport the cat to the shelter. The mesh size of the net was important to the task—the holes were not large enough to fit a pencil through, and I noticed that the feral cat appeared calmer once inside the net, seeming to relax a bit once his body was enclosed by the small, dark mesh.

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  • Magazine Article

    Change for the Better in Chico

    Tracy Mohr, animal services manager for Chico, Calif., says the community supports the shelter’s policy of accepting only the neediest cats.

    California shelter strikes gold by limiting cat intake

    March/April 2015

    When Tracy Mohr attended a presentation a few years ago by UC Davis veterinarian Kate Hurley about the benefits of shelters limiting their intake of community cats, she remembers thinking, “This sounds great!”

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  • Magazine Article

    Taking a Closer Look at Your Community

    The road to helping starts with a community assessment

    March/April 2015

    It’s only about three miles from the Milwaukee campus of the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) to the community on the city’s north side that makes up ZIP code 53206. “But three miles can be a long way, too, in terms of access,” notes Jill Kline, WHS vice president of community impact programs.

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  • Magazine Article

    Boots' Camp

    March/April 2015

    Nearly a decade ago, the Arizona Humane Society’s (AHS) emergency response team and emergency animal medical technicians deployed to Louisiana to assist in rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina. The conditions were overwhelmingly sad, and the number of animals needing help was great.

    Of the 300 animals who made their way to Phoenix in the aftermath of Katrina, there was one in particular who caught the attention of staff and volunteers.

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  • Magazine Article

    The Storm that Changed Us

    in New Orleans, the sheer scale of the disaster—combined with floodwaters, decimated neighborhoods and mountains of debris—created the most challenging animal rescue conditions most responders had ever experienced.

    What we lost; what we learned

    March/April 2015

    For those of us living outside the Gulf Coast in late summer of 2005, Hurricane Katrina seemed at first like a problem on TV: a swirl of Doppler behind a meteorologist, a distant disturbance that barely crossed the edges of our consciousness. The evening of Aug. 28, many of us had dinner, caught a smidge of the news, took our dogs out for a last evening pee break and said goodnight to the cats.

    We woke up to a world that had changed.

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