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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

    In a Flash

    The exhibit used compelling photos to spotlight shelters that are often overlooked.

    North Carolina photo project helps boost rural shelter adoptions

    January/February 2015

    In December 2013, HSUS state director Kim Alboum and photographer Shannon Johnstone hit the road during a rare Southern snowstorm to visit eight rural animal shelters throughout North Carolina.

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  • Magazine Article

    Crossing Borders, Confronting Injustice

    Pets for Life volunteer Jorge Nunez (right) talks with Carlos Sanchez of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, about the importance of spay/neuter and basic pet care. The program provides education and support for pet owners in underserved neighborhoods.

    Veteran of El Salvador conflict finds a new mission with Pets for Life in Los Angeles

    January/February 2015

    In his native El Salvador, Jorge Nunez fought for years—often at the risk of being beaten or killed by government “death squads”—for justice for low-income people. Now Nunez, who first came to the United States in 1980, is drawing on his earlier experiences to work on a new dream: empowering families in underserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles to access care for their pets through the HSUS Pets for Life (PFL) program.

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  • Magazine Article

    Count us in!

    Shelters and rescues make the (sometimes scary) shift to statistical transparency

    January/February 2015

    The shelter director awakens with a sharp intake of breath, looking around frantically. She had the dream again—the nightmare. The one where the reporter called and asked for the shelter’s numbers—how many animals were taken in, how many were healthy, how many were adopted, how many were euthanized?

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  • Magazine Article

    New Route to Adoption

    Kentucky Departure: Bearing dogs in their arms and over their shoulders, volunteers with the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society load a truck that will carry the 21 puppies bound for Philadelphia on the first leg of their journey. The Bowling Green shelter takes in as many as 40 to 50 puppies a week, says Deana Wehr, rescue and transport manager, enough to fill the transport vehicle every month.

    To combat puppy mills, The HSUS helps convert pet stores to adoption centers

    January/February 2015

    All of the puppies loaded onto the transport truck in Bowling Green were headed on journeys, leaving Kentucky to find new homes. The April 2014 transport would take them from the South, where puppies are plentiful, to rescues in the Northeast, where higher spay/neuter rates prevail.

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  • Magazine Article

    Sharing Spaces

    Outdoor “catios” provide cats with the stimulation of the great outdoors, while keeping birds and other wildlife out of reach.

    A collaboration between cat and bird advocates demos spaces that keep both species safe

    January/February 2015

    Media articles about the tensions between cat and bird advocates often feature dramatic headlines—“Fur and Feathers Are Flying!”—to highlight the ways in which the two groups of animal lovers butt heads.

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  • Magazine Article

    Some Kind of Wonder-Pig

    Now 2 years old and 625 pounds, Esther’s making a big impression via social media, changing the way many people think about pigs.

    Esther could have spent her life in a gestation crate. Instead, she's a beloved pet and Facebook star.

    January/February 2015

    She has a popularity most teenagers can only dream of. Her main Facebook page has more than 160,000 likes. Her musings about life with her two dads in Ontario, Canada, draw thousands of comments. And while she can’t take selfies, her photos get forwarded around the world.

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