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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

    What's Your Magic Number?

    At the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota, portals between adjacent cages give resident felines double the space, making for healthier, happier, more adoptable animals.

    Analyzing shelter capacity can increase live releases

    May/June 2015

    Just a handful of years ago, if an owner stopped by to surrender a cat, the staff at the SPCA Serving Erie County would find a way to accommodate them.

    But a tragedy left the New York shelter exploring a new way of thinking.

    “It was in August of 2009, and we were taking in every cat that we could fit,” recalls executive director Barbara Carr. “We [even] had 75 cats in our multipurpose room, a 40-by-40-foot room intended for overflow.”

    After the highly contagious feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) swept through, 39 of those cats died.

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  • Magazine Article


    Hannah Stonehouse Hudson/Stonehouse Photo

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

    May/June 2015

    People on the Internet get exposed to so much bad news, trashy celebrity gossip and nasty comments, it’s little wonder that we gravitate toward photos and videos of animals doing sweet, funny things—they’re an antidote to the rest of the Web.

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  • Magazine Article

    The Expanding Field of Animal Protection

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily

    May/June 2014

    The HSUS’s visionary founders knew not to duplicate the work of the local animal shelters, but to complement and augment their work by professionalizing the field and taking on problems beyond their reach. In our early years, this included promoting and embedding in our culture the notions of sterilization and adoption, cracking down on animal dealers, and eliminating particularly inhumane methods of euthanasia.

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  • Magazine Article

    Changing the Landscape of Care

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily.

    May/June 2015

    In a classically cold winter morning in Chicago, pet owners held their dogs and cats close as they huddled into our new Pets for Life Center. They were patiently waiting to sign up for spay/neuter and veterinary checkups, provided at no cost to them. As people waited, they scratched their pets’ bellies and gave plenty of loving looks to the creatures who brighten their lives—perhaps, on that day, feeling a sense of pride and relief that they were able to do something beneficial and healthy for their beloved companions.

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  • Magazine Article

    Taking the Show on the Road

    A dog looks on as a crowd awaits services at a Spay-Neuter Assistance Program mobile unit.

    Weighing the burdens and benefits of running a mobile spay/neuter clinic

    May/June 2015

    The 19-year-old womansaid her grandfather in San Antonio had started out innocently enough, with two cats and two Chihuahuas. But the pets were intact, and the laws of nature and mathematics soon took over, leaving the grandfather’s property overrun by some 40 animals, with many cats roaming outside and many dogs indoors.

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  • Magazine Article

    Loss Prevention

    Kerry Lowe Armstrong (right) and intervention counselor Lana Meier at the North Central LA shelter.

    An innovative program brings more rescue groups, and fewer animals, into shelters

    May/June 2015

    Seated behind a table in the lobby of Los Angeles’ North Central shelter, Kerry Lowe Armstrong was feeling nervous.

    The longtime animal lover and shelter volunteer had spent months preparing for the launch of the North Central Shelter Intervention Program (NCSIP). She’d met with shelter staff and trained with Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR), an organization running a similar program in South LA. She’d set up an account with a veterinary clinic willing to give a lower rate for the program’s clients.

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