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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

    She Longed to Be … Part of Their World

    Adopters Douglas Dohr and Rachael Bulter were looking for a companion for their cat. They ended up finding his sister!

    A happy ending worthy of Disney

    November/December 2015

    Long-lost cat siblings Ariel and Sebastian have a Disneyesque happy ending.

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  • Magazine Article

    Peaceful Coexistence

    Dr. Laura Hatch performs a spay surgery at the Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic in Mississippi. Mortality rates at high-volume clinics are typically as good or better than most private practices, says Georgia veterinarian Will Mangham. “The quality of the surgeon is very high, because that’s what that surgeon is doing all day, every day. With practice, you get better.”

    Tips for quelling the controversy over nonprofit veterinary care programs

    November/December 2015

    Tips for quelling the controversy over nonprofit veterinary care programs.

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  • Magazine Article

    Design for Living

    Does your new shelter need to be the Taj Mahal?

    November/December 2014

    Today’s animal shelters must meet a variety of needs: They’re expected to look like a shopping center and perform like a hospital, all while remaining a secure facility. They need to be functional, but also welcoming. They need to be welcoming, but not seem so extravagant they’ll make donors or taxpayers wonder where their money is going. They need to showcase adoptable pets in a friendly and appealing way, but also provide safe, secure space for animals who may be quarantined for health or behavior reasons.

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  • Magazine Article

    The Art of Communication

    Good manners can go a long way. Thanking previous donors, volunteers or adopters could prompt them to help your organization again.

    Knowing what to say and how to say it can boost your organization’s effectiveness

    September/October 2015

    A dog walks into a bar, jumps up on a barstool and says, “Hey, how about a drink?” The bartender stares for a moment and replies, “Sure, the toilet is around the corner.” Silly as this old joke is, we all know the feeling: Sometimes the results of our best efforts at communication are disappointing.

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  • Magazine Article

    Three Mascoteers

    Handsome Jack makes a great spokescat for TNR.

    Some shelter animals become full-time employees

    September/October 2015

    The dog is majestic: A 76-pound golden retriever with sweeping eyelashes, eyes like melted chocolate and a regally pointed nose. But right now, he’s impatient—his human companion is talking too much, and he wants to get to work.

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  • Magazine Article

    Gratuitous Gore

    Chris Schindler of The HSUS removes a Dogo Argentino from an alleged breeding operation for hog-dog fighting.

    Alabama raid reveals that hog-dog cruelty still persists

    September/October 2015

    It was a tense situation —rescuers working in the middle of a cornfield in Cottonwood, Ala., with one police officer standing guard. Suddenly, a black truck barreled down the driveway. The officer pointed his rifle at the truck and yelled, “Stop!”

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