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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

    Emotional Rescue

    Emotionally healthy animals are content and resilient, and their positive energy can spread to the animals around them.

    Understanding why it’s crucial for animals in our care to feel good

    September/October 2015

    Health is not complete if only the body is sound. Being healthy means being sound in body, mind and spirit. When we are healthy, we feel good—physically and emotionally. In fact, many would argue that a mental ailment is often more debilitating than a physical one.

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  • Magazine Article

    Moose Goes Backstage

    Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter

    September/October 2015

    Boston band CliffLight has a new member: Bert, aka Moose, of the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter. Moose is living a cool cat life thanks to his foster dad, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd, a lifelong animal lover and professional musician.

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  • Magazine Article

    Reunited ... and It Feels So Good

    Posting highly visible signs is one way Missing Pet Partnership volunteers help locate lost pets like Bebe, who escaped his carrier while being transported to his new home in another state.

    To boost live releases, reconsider your approach to those ‘stray’ cats

    September/October 2015

    When people in the sheltering and rescue field think about the millions of cats who are euthanized every year for lack of a home, the topic of reuniting lost pet cats with their owners may seem trivial by comparison.

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  • Magazine Article

    Sleep on It

    Slumber parties lead to successful adoptions

    September/October 2015

    Not all potential adopters arrive at our shelter feeling 100-percent certain that an animal who caught their eye online will be a good fit for their family. Some are concerned that a new dog or cat won’t get along with their other pets; others worry that someone in their household might be allergic.

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  • Magazine Article

    In Sacramento, a Capital Idea

    Janice Moore lived on the streets in Sacramento, Calif., with her two dogs and cat until local service providers—including Front Street Animal Shelter—banded together to find a home for her and her pets.

    Shelter works to keep homeless people and their pets together

    July/August 2015

    In Sacramento, Calif., the Front Street Animal Shelter has embraced the idea that it takes a village to care for homeless people and their pets.

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  • Magazine Article

    What Goes Down ...

    ... sometimes comes back up

    July/August 2015

    Your adopters and novice foster caregivers may not be prepared for that horking sound longtime cat owners know so well. Here’s what one kitty devotee learned when he explored the world of cat vomit.

    I was standing in the kitchen making a sandwich when I heard that fateful sound.

    Hhuallck. Hhuallck. Hhhuuuaaalllck.

    I know this sound well.

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