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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 Turning Point for Puerto Rico

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily.

    President's Note

    July/August 2015

    If you heard that a part of the United States had a 95-percent euthanasia rate for dogs and cats entering shelters, hundreds of thousands of street dogs and feral cats, and more than 100 cockfighting arenas, you probably wouldn’t think it a receptive environment for animal welfare. In fact, your first instinct might be to condemn the jurisdiction for this painful state of affairs.

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  • Magazine Article

    Have Leash, Will Travel

    Staff member Meredith Kaufman helps to unload a St. Hubert’s transport van.

    Transport programs give animals a ticket to ride toward a new life

    July/August 2015

    It was a long journey. They weren’t always sure where they were headed, but someone told them that far away, there was a place for them. So they packed up their dreams and headed off to find a home.

    Just like the settlers of long ago, many of America’s companion animals are leaving the places they’re from in search of a better life.

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  • Magazine Article

    Southern Success

    Operations manager Katherine Sammons holds Chihuahua mix Little Bit for photos by Les Geraghty, a member of the Southern Pines Pet Photography Project.

    Mississippi shelter takes a multipronged approach to lifesaving

    July/August 2015

    We kind of refer to ourselves as ‘the little shelter that could,’” says Ginny Sims, manager of Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg, Miss., for the past two years. Like the overachieving train engine in the iconic children’s story, the shelter is using a can-do attitude to parlay its modest resources into successful outcomes for more animals.

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  • Magazine Article

    Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself (and Your Work)

    Stephanie Shain of Washington Humane Society unburdens her soul to “analyst” Jason Schipkowski at a special session of Animal Care Expo in New Orleans.

    At 2015's Animal Care Expo, shelter directors went in for therapy—for a purpose

    July/August 2015

    Mama said there’ll be days like this, warned the Shirelles. And for those in animal welfare, those days can seem endless, settling in your gut to make a seething ball of anxiety and Bad Stuff, brought on by the abusers and neglecters who’ve made your work so difficult, so relentless and so necessary.

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  • Magazine Article

    Snuggles for Ruggles

    July/August 2015

    Ruggles was 2 days old and weighed barely a tenth of a pound when he came to us. He was a shih tzu puppy, born in a cage in the woods. He, his two siblings and his mom were part of a major puppy mill case last summer—357 dogs were transported to the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. He was severely dehydrated, underweight and struggling to survive. No one was sure he would make it through those first few days of life.

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  • Magazine Article

    A Breath of Fresh Air in D.C.

    Shakela Brown speaks with D.C. resident Julia Warren about free pet services.

    New Pets for Life mentorship cities include the nation's capital

    May/June 2015

    Shakela Brown walked to her car, hoping to sit and rest for a minute after hours of door-to-door canvassing in southeast Washington, D.C.

    But when she pressed the button to unlock her car, nothing happened. After trying it a few more times, she called the dealership: Turns out the clicker needed a new battery. She tried a few stores. She walked up and down Minnesota Avenue. She crossed over to Pennsylvania Avenue.

    No luck.

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