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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

    Beyond Politics

    Jeff Gorell, then a member of the California State Assembly, helped organize adoption events and covered the adopters’ fees.

    Shelters, California lawmakers team up for fee-waived events

    September/October 2015

    As an animal lover and a California assemblyman, Jeff Gorell felt the urge to do something about overcrowding at his local shelter. After he saw an article in the Ventura County Star about Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) discounting fees (from $125 to $25) to spur adoptions, Gorell contacted Jennifer Fearing, a lobbyist who represents The HSUS in the state capital.

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  • Magazine Article

    Block by Block

    Chicago residents line up for a Pets for Life (PFL) community event. PFL brings spay/neuter services, vaccination clinics, training classes and other resources to underserved communities across the country.

    Reaching your community means getting outside your doors and knocking on theirs

    September/October 2015

    Back when Matt Piccone worked for a cable company in Rochester, N.Y., his job was to disconnect people who were stealing service. “I was in and out of 200 yards a day unannounced,” he says. In those yards and back alleys, he found more than illegal cable hookups: He saw dogs tied up all day, animals in need of veterinary care and stray cats struggling to care for their litters.

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  • Magazine Article

    Saving the Strays of Puerto Rico

    A major initiative promises to make the island a better place for animals

    September/October 2015

    The roadside stop near Bahía de Puerca is like dozens of others in Puerto Rico—a cluster of ceiba trees, a patch of gravel leading to an exquisite stretch of blue water. And, as with those other overgrown roadside areas around the island, what initially seems to be just dirt and trash and foliage turns out to be occupied.

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  • Magazine Article

    Helping Dogs in the Meat Trade

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily

    September/October 2015

    When Mr. Genlin, a Hong Kong businessman and dog lover, visited a market in his ancestral town in southeastern China last year, he saw rows and rows of dogs crammed into tiny wire cages, yanked out by the neck and butchered on the spot. Mr. Genlin, who shares his life with 10 beautiful dogs, knew he’d been witness to a terrible moral crime. He determined to devote his life to ending the dog meat trade.

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  • Magazine Article

    A Photo Worth a Thousand Witnesses

    Rescue team members work together to photograph dogs with their evidence markers during a dogfighting raid in Gary, Ind.

    Evidentiary photography can make or break an animal cruelty case

    September/October 2015

    Snapping a photo seems easy—whether you’re from the school of “point and shoot” or “aim the phone and tap.” But animal cruelty crime scenes aren’t your family cruise to the Bahamas.

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  • Magazine Article

    Finding Common Ground

    When Jessi arrived at Black Dog Animal Rescue, she was sweet and playful, but also aggressive toward people and other dogs.

    How one dog’s case inspired a rescuer to set labels aside

    September/October 2015

    A couple of years ago I had the great fortune to meet a dog we called Jessi when she was taken in by our group, Black Dog Animal Rescue. She had amazing, flying-nun ears and a distinctive not-quite-black color.

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