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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

    Cat's in the Bag

    The Animal Resource Center’s Black Friday promotion was so successful, the shelter ran out of adoptable animals!

    Black Friday promotion cleans out shelter

    November/December 2014

    What have we got to lose?” Mark Kumpf asked his staff at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) in Dayton, Ohio, last year. He was talking about running a Black Friday promotion for shelter pets. The way the ARC director figured it, staff were going to be at the shelter taking care of animals anyway, so why not open the doors and try to capitalize on Black Friday shopping hype?

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  • Magazine Article

    Culture Corner

    Scribblings and Screenings for the Animal Set

    November/December 2014

    DIY, FYK (Do it Yourself, For Your Kitty)

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  • Magazine Article

    Mutterings

    Alana, who hails from the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in West Palm Beach, Fla. was a top 25 finisher in the 2014 Dirty Dogs Makeover Contest.

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

    November/December 2014

    Tremendous Transformations

    Whether you’re talking people or pups, everyone loves a great makeover. When scanning the before and after photos of entrants to the 2014 Dirty Dogs Makeover Contest, it’s hard to believe they’re the same canines.Across the country, shelters and rescues entered photos from their greatest Cinderella stories for a chance to win grants for their organizations. Wahl Home Products and Greater Good co-sponsored the contest to raise awareness of the plight of shelter dogs, some of whom were rescued from puppy mills.

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  • Magazine Article

    I Can Haz Adopter?

     Sven the Anatolian Shepherd was the size of a small horse. We created this one for him.

    Creating memes for shelter and rescue animals

    November/December 2014

    In 2013, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FCAS) in Fairfax, Va., more than doubled its rate of dog adoptions, and cut euthanasia numbers in half. Fairfax County is currently the largest municipality in the United States with a live-release rate above 90 percent—and so far this year, it’s riding even higher at 96 percent!

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  • Magazine Article

    The Power of Suggestion

    Tapping into the knowledge of staff and volunteers

    September/October 2014

    Thanks to one volunteer’s suggestion, the dogs at Virginia’s Fairfax County Animal Shelter have been enjoying some extra outings.

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  • Magazine Article

    The Promise of St. Thomas

    Rhea Vasconcellos, shelter manager, holds Charlie, mascot and spokesdog, at the Humane Society of St. Thomas adoption center’s reception desk.

    Work in the Caribbean has things looking up for animals

    September/October 2014

    An aerial view of St. Thomas—a mountainous green island in turquoise seas—gives no indication of how many homeless pets live there, breeding ever more puppies and kittens. While the U.S. Virgin Islands are often portrayed as paradise for people, few places in the Caribbean can claim to be paradise for stray dogs or community cats.

    But thanks to a happy teaming of two major do-good forces there, St. Thomas is clearly moving in a more heavenly direction.

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