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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

    Young Cats, New Tricks

    The play station in kitty kindergarten should have many toys and visual barriers that allow the kittens to play near or away from their fellow “students.” Also, it’s important to introduce kittens to adult cats as well as other kittens.

    Kitty kindergarten creates adoptable, adorable cats

    November/December 2014

    Anyone who’s worked at a shelter or rescue knows that behavioral issues are one of the most common reasons that cats are returned after adoption or relinquished in the first place. “He’s spraying on the carpets,” “She’s aggressive to our other cat” or “She’s scratching the furniture” are common complaints.

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  • Magazine Article

    Saved in a Snap

    Lori Fusaro was inspired by her own dogs, Gabby (left) and Sunny, to use her photography skills to get potential adopters to take a second look at older dogs.

    Two photographers help shelter animals click with adopters

    November/December 2014

    When Lori Fusaro began her photography career in 1996, the majority of her subjects were human—at events such as weddings and family gatherings.

    But she had been around animals her entire life—her grandparents had a farm with rabbits, chickens, horses and goats, and Fusaro had cared for dogs, cats and hamsters—and her love of furry creatures showed no signs of waning. Over time at her private photography business, she naturally started specializing in animals.

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  • Magazine Article

    Zeroing In

    Target Zero developed its pyramid model by analyzing best practices of cities that have reached "no-kill" status.

    By mentoring communities that want to reduce euthanasia, Target Zero drives change

    November/December 2014

    It all started with a shelter dog named Fred.

    “He was a total disaster when I saw him,” recalls Tracey Durning. “He was very old, and he was shaking.” But after she adopted him, the scrappy little shelter mutt made a huge turnaround, becoming confident and charismatic, and a fixture in her New York neighborhood—the virtual “mayor of Soho,” Durning laughs.

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  • Magazine Article

    Shelter Pet Project Prompts Bear Adoption

    Vicki Hildreth and her husband Steve found senior dog Bear through the Shelter Pet Project.

    (OK, so Bear is the dog's name, but we still think it's pretty cool.)

    November/December 2014

    The aged couple who’d adopted Bear and her companion, Smokey, 11 years ago had both died. And while their grown sons fed the dogs and pledged not to evict them, they wouldn’t adopt them. Still, Smokey and Bear had each other.

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  • Magazine Article

    Spore Wars

    The Fungus Fighters at Austin Pets Alive! do all they can to ensure their cats get the treatment they need—and the cats do all they can to escape dip treatment!

    Conquering feline ringworm infections

    November/December 2014

    Brittany Dell’Aglio Mitchell’s voice cracks when she talks about the 40 traumatized cats abandoned in a trailer. Another local group, Thundering Paws, rescued and placed most of the cats in April 2013, but contacted Austin Pets Alive! (APA) to help 12 cats who were covered in ringworm, a fungal infection spread through spores.

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  • Magazine Article

    Bashing the Gas

     Colton Furnish, 10, takes a sledgehammer to the gas chamber removed from Heber Valley Animal Shelter during the “Bash the Gas” celebration.

    The HSUS works with shelters to end the use of gas chambers

    November/December 2014

    The gas chamber at Heber Valley Animal Shelter in Utah was once the bane of Justin Hatch’s existence.

    The shelter’s executive director inherited the task of euthanizing animals after being hired in 2000. The gas chamber was a constant reminder of the black lab he’d lost as a kid after the dog had been picked up and possibly euthanized by animal control. “It was devastating,” he remembers, “and I told my mom that I wanted to change how animal control did things.”

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