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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

    Tapping Into the Power of People

    By engaging the community in Tree House Humane Society’s TNR program, Jenny Schlueter (right) says she likes to “imagine cats bridging the divide between people.”

    An open, inclusive approach to community cat management spurs positive results

    January/February 2016

    Jenny Schlueter, a self-professed “cat lady,” is also a people-person. You know the type—always ready with a sunny smile and genuinely happy to meet someone new. If that description doesn’t fit you to a T, you’re not alone. But Schlueter’s experiences can help even the most introverted cat advocate see the benefits of engaging with people.

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  • Magazine Article

    Winter Warm-Up

    Volunteers for the Houses of Wood and Straw (HOWS) Project in Virginia go out every Saturday from late October through March to deliver doghouses and talk to owners about winter pet care.

    Shelters and rescue groups give people resources to help animals beat the cold

    January/February 2016

    “There’s not going to be a cat who doesn’t have some kind of shelter for the winter.”

    It’s a bold statement from Indianapolis animal advocate Lisa Tudor, but that’s how widespread efforts have become in her area to keep community cats warm, she says.

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  • Magazine Article

    The Road Home Goes Through the Office

    Office cat Callie likes to make sure employees at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) get plenty of breaks—by sitting on their keyboards so they can’t type. Besides having its own office cats, ARL places adoptable cats at local businesses.

    Shelters invite businesses to foster cats and promote adoptions

    January/February 2016

    These workers don’t need a salary— they’ll work (or at least hang out) for room and board. They won’t wear a tie (probably), but they are more than happy to spend nights and weekends at the office.

    If this sounds like a good deal, direct an inquiry to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL). The shelter is hiring out its felines to fill temporary jobs as “office cats” until they find permanent positions.

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  • Magazine Article

    Home Is Where Your Pets Are Welcome

    Mary Jane Kiro combats her nerve disorder by taking Bandit, her 127-pound shepherd-husky mix, on frequent walks, but she had trouble finding a property that would let her keep her dog.

    An HSUS campaign pushes for less restrictive pet policies in rental housing

    January/February 2016

    "Pets Are Welcome" seeks to revamp the way the housing industry treats pets and their owners.

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  • Magazine Article

    Rethinking Returns

    Repurposing a shelter management tool to control the flow of animals who come back

    January/February 2016

    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!”

    Read More

  • Magazine Article

    Making the Shelter a Happier Place for Animals

    Appealing to animals’ five senses and giving them outlets to express their natural behaviors can make them happier and healthier.

    Practical tips on how to help the animals in your care feel good

    January/February 2016

    Read the first of Dr. Griffin’s columns on emotional wellness in the Sep-Oct 2015 issue of Animal Sheltering.

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