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Empowering everyday people to tackle the community cat challenge

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    How far can fostering go?

    A new vision for sheltering is trending—and being tested—around the country

    Recognizing that most animals do best in a home environment, shelters are testing the limits of high-volume foster care programs and teaching other shelters to ramp up their efforts to get more animals into foster homes. Could the future of sheltering be all around us?

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    Nurturing the roots of TNR

    With a small investment, shelters can empower everyday people to tackle the community cat challenge

    If your shelter doesn’t have a trap-neuter-return program, you may think you have little to offer the people who call about unowned cats in their backyards and neighborhoods. But there are many ways shelters can facilitate today’s TNR and plant the seeds of tomorrow’s high-impact programs without spending a dime.

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Animal Sheltering

Magazine - Fall 2019

From Animal Sheltering magazine Summer 2018

There’s a long flight ahead for these dogs leaving Seoul, but they’ll find kindness—and new homes—at the end of it.
HSI’s Adam Parascandola carries a dog out of the bitter cold.
Athena left the dog farm in South Korea and flew to the States, landing in the care of the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County just in time to give birth.

It’s still dark, the coming dawn a wash of paler blue in the inky sky over Namyangju, a small city outside of Seoul, when the line of vans turns off the main highway onto a gravel side road. The vans ascend the narrow drive up a brushy, frozen hillside, assembling above a cluster of ramshackle metal and tarp hangars.

About the Author

M. Carrie Allan is the senior editorial director at The Humane Society of the United States, served as editor of Animal Sheltering magazine for nearly a decade, and has focused on telling the stories of the animal protection movement for even longer. She holds a master’s degree in English and writing and has won awards for her journalism, fiction and poetry, including recognition from the Dog Writer’s Association of American, the Cat Writer’s Association, the Association of Food Journalists, and the James Beard Foundation (where she was a finalist for the work she does in her side-gig, writing about booze and cocktails for the Washington Post). If you think there’s a connection between her longtime commitment to animal welfare work and her interest in a good drink . . . well, aren’t you the smart one?

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    A word from us

    Lindsay Hamrick gets a greeting from a puppy rescued from an unlicensed breeder in New Hampshire.

    I came to the Humane Society of the United States in 2014 after a decade (more if you count those years I spent as a kid sitting in cat rooms and walking dogs way too big for me) overseeing operations at animal shelters. I wouldn’t say I was particularly excited about or motivated to fit policy into my daily workload of caring for homeless pets—until I worked for an animal shelter that was located in a city with breed-specific legislation, flawed policies that ban certain types of dogs based on their physical appearance.

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    Life beyond the laboratory

    With lots of love from parents Dave Rubello and Greta Guest, Teddy is finally living the life he deserves.

    Michigan dogs blossom following release from testing facility

    To see Teddy and Millie now—playful and friendly, outgoing and affectionate— you’d never guess what they’ve endured in their short lives. As part of an unnecessary test commissioned by Dow AgroSciences (now Corteva Agriscience), the beagles were force-fed a pesticide every day for more than seven months at a laboratory in Michigan.

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    Kindred spirits

    At Dakin Humane Society, Alanna Regan cuddles spirit cat, Maui.

    Shelter programs focus on finding new homes for shy or frightened 'spirit' cats

    Vinnie Van Gogh, a reticent feline, spent four months at Dakin Humane Society before his photo appeared on the shelter’s website with the headline “The Socially Awkward Cat for the Socially Awkward Adopter.”

    “Seriously all this guy requires is a couch and someone to give him his daily necessities,” the write-up by the Springfield, Massachusetts, shelter read. “Take him home, and have a perfect buddy for all those times that going out is just not worth the effort. He understands.”

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