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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

    A Trip for the Old Block

    January/February 2015

    Block was part of a 2012 cruelty case. He and his “brother” had infected bite wounds and were tied up with chains for collars. At the shelter they both healed after many months of treatment and care and went up for adoption. Block was one of the all-time shelter staff and volunteer favorites. He was a lovable, goofy, big teddy-bear kind of a boy.

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  • Magazine Article

    Strength in Funders

    Crowdfunding isn't magical, but it could work for your organization's animals

    November/December 2014

    What do you do when you’ve got a special project in mind, one that you think would do wonders for your animals, but you don’t have the budget? Or when you’ve got an amazing, adoptable animal who simply has the misfortune to have some serious (and expensive) medical issues?

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  • Magazine Article

    The ASPCA's 'Top Chefs'

    For brothers Jonathan (left) and Johan Aguero, caring for animals is all in the family.

    Sibling duo dishes out creative cuisine for shelter pets

    November/December 2014

    If the four-legged residents of the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City could talk, they’d have to admit Johan and Jonathan Aguero’s specially prepared meals make the shelter experience much more palatable.

    Jonathan, a behavior counselor, and his brother Johan, an animal care technician, nurture and nourish our shelter residents, including victims of cruelty, cats from hoarding cases and quarantined canines, as well as longtime residents deserving of extra-special care and creativity.

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  • Magazine Article

    The Power of Mentoring: How Shelters Can Help Shelters

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily.

    November/December 2014

    After founding an animal welfare group in college, then writing for a magazine in the field, I had the remarkable experience of working as national director of The Fund for Animals at the tender age of 23. It was an especially exciting and intimidating moment for me because I worked under the tutelage of the legendary Cleveland Amory, one of the giants in the 20th-century animal protection movement.

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  • Magazine Article

    Tuesdays With Pransky

     Sue Halpern and Pransky greet a nursing home friend.

    Life lessons from a therapy dog

    November/December 2014

    Pransky was sweet and smart. She was calm, cute and people-oriented. But most of all, the 6-year-old Lab-poodle mix was bored.

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  • Magazine Article

    Carlisle Phone Home

    November/December 2014

    This picture of sweet little Carlisle was taken when we were fostering him for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS). He was too young to be adopted, so we took him in until he was old enough to find a home of his own.

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