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Sharing Light with the Other America

The director of The HSUS’s Animal Sheltering Issues section finds Brazilian animal advocates bursting with energy

The director of The HSUS’s Animal Sheltering Issues section finds Brazilian animal advocates bursting with energy

Kim Intino (seated front) and other attendees of the WSPA seminar held in São Paulo, Brazil.
In October of 2007, I had the honor of delivering a presentation entitled “Shelter Management in the United States” at a seminar held by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in São Paulo, Brazil. WSPA’s Brazilian animal protection program consists of 75 member societies, 13 of which operate shelters throughout the country; the remainder administer programs such as spay/neuter, fostering, adoptions, and educational outreach.

Although member societies rarely turn animals away, they do not actively encourage people to bring them in; they feel that would be promoting abandonment. Strong adoption programs are scarce, and most member societies do not perform euthanasia. Once animals enter shelters, they are often housed indefinitely; most shelters are crowded and stressful.

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