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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 New Learning Curve

    Cat behavior counseling course helps jump-start surrender prevention programs

    May/June 2015

    Mouse wasn’t mean, just a little misunderstood. But her owner might have unnecessarily relinquished the kitten to a shelter if Tara Sannucci hadn’t been available.

    Sannucci, pet retention and special projects coordinator at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey, spends part of each workday taking phone calls from owners whose pets aren’t behaving. Her job is to help them resolve problems that might otherwise lead them to surrender their companions.

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  • Magazine Article

    Bad to the Bone

     A clever blog, YouTube video and graphics spoofing creepy TV shows and horror movies brought Eddie the Terrible worldwide attention—and eventually a loving home.

    Humane society learns to celebrate the perfectly imperfect

    May/June 2015

    A 13-pound Chihuahua recently joined the ranks of history’s notorious bad boys after an unusual marketing campaign for “the worst dog in America” went viral.

    Once a stray on the streets of Sunnyvale, Calif., Eddie arrived at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) in 2013. A behavioral assessment revealed that he hated other dogs, children and spending time in a crate. Staff quickly placed him in a foster home, where he began behavior modification training.

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  • Magazine Article

    A Novel Approach

    Participating in the Book Buddies program helped Cheyenne Boyles overcome her fear of animals.

    Shelter's reading program helps kids and cats

    May/June 2015

    Ten-year-old Sean struggledwith reading aloud at school. But one Saturday in 2013, his mom, Kristi Rodriguez, brought him to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County (ARL) in Birdsboro, Pa., where she worked as a program coordinator. She handed him a book and told him to go read to the cats. Sean loved the experience so much that he asked to come back.

    Realizing that other kids could also benefit from a furry, nonjudgmental audience, Rodriguez launched the shelter’s Book Buddies program in August 2013.

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  • Magazine Article

    Nurturing the Bond

    Sometimes the human-animal bond just needs a little support to enable it to flourish. Here a man cuddles his dog during a Nevada Humane Society event that provided free vet services for pets of low-income and homeless people.

    A sympathetic ear can go a long way to keeping pets in homes

    May/June 2015

    The sheltering and rescue field is all about the human-animal bond. Adoption programs aim to facilitate and enhance the bond between people and pets. We rely on the strength of this bond to drive the donations that make our work possible. But equally, we know the frustration of seeing the bond strained to the point of people surrendering their pets.

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  • Magazine Article

    No Walls for Jericho

    Trained by Animal Farm Foundation, Matthew Smith’s dog Jericho is helping prove that “pit bulls” can work as assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

    Program trains pit-bull-type dogs to assist people with disabilities

    May/June 2015

    On a cold Saturday afternoonin mid-January, Matthew Smith and his dog Jericho are visiting a Walmart north of Baltimore, and everyone’s just taking it in stride. That’s a sign of progress.

    The 42-year-old Smith, injured in a high-speed motorcycle crash in 1994 that left him with a pelvic fracture and nerve damage, gets around with the help of a wheelchair. Jericho, a fawn-colored former shelter dog, has been trained to assist him by Animal Farm Foundation (AFF), a nonprofit in upstate New York that advocates on behalf of pit-bull-type dogs.

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  • Magazine Article

    You're in the Lifesaving Business

    Rescue groups that try to function without strong leadership and business-savvy practices may find that getting things done is like, well, herding cats. Someone has to lead the pride.

    Will you be the rescue group that roared ... or the one that whimpered?

    May/June 2015

    Do you know this rescue group?

    Based on a passionate but nonspecific foundation—“We love animals!”—its mission statement describes sweeping plans for animal welfare in its city, and the surrounding area, and seemingly anywhere else it can locate on a map. Its members will go wherever help of any kind is needed. Its leaders say yes to any appeal for help.

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