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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

    Just Passing Through

    When a friend returned to Mexico and needed temporary housing for her pets, Christina Bamaca of Chicago’s Little Village answered the call.

    Closing temporary housing gaps for pets whose owners leave the country

    November/December 2015

    When Danny Burke first stopped by Christina Bamaca’s house in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago to drop off cats Fluffy and Rocky from their spay/neuter appointments, he had no idea what he’d stumbled upon. There was a Maltese, a cocker spaniel, a German shepherd, a St. Bernard, and as he looked around, the dogs just kept appearing. Was it a hoarding situation? A breeding operation?

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  • Magazine Article

    Mutterings

    After designing and constructing 10 community cat houses with the help of donations, Robbie Elliott hands off excess donations to Rob Blizard at the Norfolk SPCA.

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

    November/December 2015

    Scouting for Cats

    Robbie Elliott of Chesapeake, Va., went above and beyond for community cats in his quest to become an Eagle Scout. He designed and constructed what executive director Rob Blizard of the Norfolk SPCA calls “the Taj Mahal of feral cat houses.”

    Describing himself as “just handy,” 15-year-old Robbie researched cat houses online and consulted with architect Randy Lyall before leading friends and fellow Scouts in a five-day construction effort that resulted in 10 modern dwellings for feral colonies.

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  • Magazine Article

    Hard Work—With a Soft Touch

    Safety Net manager Erica Macias assists Baldwin Park resident Jose Marquez with his cats Muñeca and Mono, who were sterilized and vaccinated through the ASPCA’s program.

    ASPCA Safety Net managers provide resources and compassion to Los Angeles County pet owners

    November/December 2015

    Don’t expect to find Bernice Osorto, Erica Macias or Miguel Ruelas staring at computer screens all day. The ASPCA’s three Safety Net managers at Los Angeles County’s two high-intake shelters in Downey and Baldwin Park spend their time sitting at a folding table at each shelter’s main entrance, greeting clients as they approach with dogs on leashes, cats in crates, kittens and puppies in shoeboxes, or injured pets wrapped in towels.

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  • Magazine Article

    The Laws That Oughta Be

    Crafting ordinances to facilitate community cat programs

    November/December 2015

    While trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs have proliferated around the country in recent decades, local laws haven’t always kept pace with the times. Many laws were written before TNR was a widely accepted tool for humane cat management. And while ambiguous ordinances may not expressly prohibit the practice, they can leave cats, caretakers and TNR practitioners vulnerable to how their animal control agency and local officials choose to interpret the law.

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  • Magazine Article

    Home Sweet Rehome

    A little rehoming handholding can ease the burden on pets, owners and shelters alike

    November/December 2015

    Rehoming programs have a simple premise—help people find new homes for pets they can’t keep, without them ever stepping foot in a shelter. By trusting people and  providing owners with some tools for the process, shelters can ease their own burden, give owners more control over their pets’ fates and help animals transition into happy new homes.

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  • Magazine Article

    The Flip Side of Fatigue

    How to strengthen your compassion resilience

    November/December 2015

    Many of us working in animal welfare are all too familiar with compassion fatigue—the feelings of depression, sadness, exhaustion, anxiety and irritation often experienced by people who devote their lives to helping animals and witness some awful stuff along the way.

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