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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

    Trading Places

    Melbourne event gets workers out of offices, dogs into new homes

    January/February 2015

    Looking frazzled and glum in a suit and tie, a businessman stuck in yet another meeting stares out from a poster. “For 9 hours a day he is kept in a tiny box and ignored,” it reads. “He needs to go walkies.”

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  • Magazine Article

    Turbocharging Pet Adoptions and Community Engagement

    Bark Antony and Cleocatra entertained adopters during an Egyptian-themed event at the Nevada Humane Society. The playful promotion coincided with a local art museum’s Egyptian antiquities exhibit.

    What shelters can learn from those cheesy used car salesmen

    January/February 2015

    Cars, mattresses and pets—no obvious connection, yet there is one similarity: All are infrequent acquisitions. Statistics show that people buy a car every 10 years and a mattress every seven years. While those of us working in animal welfare see pet adoptions almost every day, the average person only acquires a few pets over the course of a lifetime.

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  • Magazine Article

    Our 2015 Resolutions

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily

    January/February 2015

    As we usher in a new year, it’s a time to reflect on our progress and look to the challenges ahead. While we work to enhance and deepen the engagement of our adherents and supporters, it’s also critical that we draw in new supporters and invite people of conscience to make the right choices and join our vital cause.

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  • Magazine Article

    The Third Degree

    Is your adoption form turning up the heat on qualified candidates?

    January/February 2015

    "Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” OK, so your adoption application probably isn’t reminiscent of the McCarthy era. But what are you asking your potential adopters—and why?

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  • Magazine Article

    Who Let the Dogs Out?

    Todd Cramer of PetSmart Charities (pictured with his border collie mix, Lulu) urges shelters to skip the rigid adoption criteria, focusing instead on a conversation to determine how a potential match might work.

    You! You! You! Or rather, with open adoptions, you'll be letting more of them go home

    January/February 2015

    Would you adopt a 2-year-old border collie mix to a single guy, without a fenced yard, whose job keeps him traveling and who has no experience with the breed? How about if that guy liked the dog, but wasn’t quite sure if she was a good fit for him?

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  • Magazine Article

    What's That Bug in Your Ear, Kitty?

    Recognizing and treating ear mites in cats

    January/February 2015

    If you’re around a lot of cats, you’ve probably seen it: Suddenly, one of them stops what she’s doing and begins violently scratching one of her ears with a hind foot, then shakes her head so hard that her ears flap, and then begins to scratch again.

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