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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

    Caught in the Middle

    A veterinarian observes high-volume, high-quality surgical techniques at the ASPCA’s Humane Alliance spay/neuter clinic and training center in Asheville, N.C. These techniques are now being taught in some veterinary schools.

    Will pets be the big loser as private vets battle nonprofit clinics?

    November/December 2015

    On a Friday morning in late June, Jay Roberts pulls into the empty parking lot of the North Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic in Huntsville and unlocks the front door. The building is dark and quiet, with none of the bustle Roberts once enjoyed. “We were jammin’,” he says of the days when the clinic averaged 27 to 30 sterilization surgeries a day. “We really were.”

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  • Magazine Article

    The Cat's Meow

    Catio spaces

    Catios help kitties thrive in multiple-feline households

    November/December 2015

    Have room for one more? It’s a question cat rescuers and foster caregivers hear regularly. But territorial tensions in multiple-cat households can make a new rescue kitty or temporary foster a more onerous undertaking than she needs to be.

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  • Magazine Article

    A New Era for Pets in Rental Housing

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily.

    November/December 2015

    As animal advocates, you’ve probably seen firsthand the distraught faces of people surrendering animals because a new landlord doesn’t allow pets. And as pet owners, you may have struggled with this problem on a more personal level, scanning Internet listings for hours for an affordable apartment that will welcome not only the human members of your family, but the ones with fur and paws.

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  • Magazine Article

    X Marks the Hot Spot

    GIS mapping allows your organization to target its efforts toward places where it’s raining cats and dogs.

    Using mapping technology to target your programs to the places where animals are most at risk

    November/December 2015

    Too many animals, a tight budget and not enough time: These are facts of life at many shelters, but a data-based aproach can help shelters make the most of limited resources by targeting them where they'll have the biggest impact. Learn how shelters use geographic information systems (GIS) mapping technology to objectively identify high-intake areas and plan effective interventions.

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  • Magazine Article

    Hard Work—With a Soft Touch

    Safety Net manager Erica Macias assists Baldwin Park resident Jose Marquez with his cats Muñeca and Mono, who were sterilized and vaccinated through the ASPCA’s program.

    ASPCA Safety Net managers provide resources and compassion to Los Angeles County pet owners

    November/December 2015

    Don’t expect to find Bernice Osorto, Erica Macias or Miguel Ruelas staring at computer screens all day. The ASPCA’s three Safety Net managers at Los Angeles County’s two high-intake shelters in Downey and Baldwin Park spend their time sitting at a folding table at each shelter’s main entrance, greeting clients as they approach with dogs on leashes, cats in crates, kittens and puppies in shoeboxes, or injured pets wrapped in towels.

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  • Magazine Article

    Mutterings

    After designing and constructing 10 community cat houses with the help of donations, Robbie Elliott hands off excess donations to Rob Blizard at the Norfolk SPCA.

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

    November/December 2015

    Scouting for Cats

    Robbie Elliott of Chesapeake, Va., went above and beyond for community cats in his quest to become an Eagle Scout. He designed and constructed what executive director Rob Blizard of the Norfolk SPCA calls “the Taj Mahal of feral cat houses.”

    Describing himself as “just handy,” 15-year-old Robbie researched cat houses online and consulted with architect Randy Lyall before leading friends and fellow Scouts in a five-day construction effort that resulted in 10 modern dwellings for feral colonies.

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