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  • Feature Article

    Sheltering people and pets

    The Jackson Galaxy Project and GreaterGood.org retrofit shelters for vulnerable families

    Seventy-one percent of women who own pets and enter domestic violence shelters report that their abuser threatened, harmed or killed their pet as a form of psychological control—yet less than 3 percent of those shelters allow pets in the U.S.

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    The little clinic that could

    Animal Care Expo legacy is still going strong at a West Virginia spay/neuter clinic

    As Donna Spencer tells it, one of her most life-altering experiences took place 22 years ago during a visit to Las Vegas.

    She didn’t win (or lose) a fortune at the casinos or get married at a drive-through chapel. What Spencer did in Vegas was even more meaningful, and it would impact countless lives in the years to come.

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Animal Sheltering

Magazine - Spring 2018

Fostering progress in animal welfare

The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Sheltering works to create a world where people and animals thrive, living happy, healthy lives together by focusing on key areas of impact:

Addressing solvable behavior, pet care issues and housing-related problems to Keep Pets in Homes. Striving to Protect Cats by promoting innovative tools for managing cats wherever they live.

Reaching Underserved Communities by increasing access to pet care and wellness services and information.

And working to Increase Adoptions for pets already in shelters and rescue groups.

In this issue: How The HSUS and HSI are helping horses in Puerto Rico; cruelty investigators describe the highs and lows of a life undercover; why the return-to-field approach is sometimes the most logical strategy for shelters; solutions for keeping community cats away from where they’re not wanted; improving communication between private and shelter pets; and more.

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    Worth the wait

    The HSUS rescued more than 60 dogs and puppies from a “hog-dog” fighting operation in Alabama in January 2015.

    She and her friend Ivan came from a “hog-dog” fighting operation, where dogs are set loose on trapped hogs in bloody fights while spectators cheer and place bets. Ann was a breeding dog, forced to birth litter after litter for this cruel bloodsport. She and Ivan had never experienced the joy of walks or a warm bed or a treat. They didn’t know what love was.

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    Weathering the storms, part IV

    Despite sustaining damage, the South Florida Wildlife Center opened immediately after Hurricane Irma.

    Learning Andrew’s lessons in Florida

    In 1992, Hurricane Andrew struck Florida just south of Miami. Although around 1.2 million residents evacuated in the face of the Category 5 storm, some stayed behind with their pets, knowing evacuation shelters wouldn’t accept them. Others returned home to find pets missing or crushed under the rubble.

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    Weathering the storms, part III

    Armed with safety equipment, supplies and experience, members of the HSUS Animal Rescue Team wade into Texas floodwaters to rescue animals stranded by the storm.

    The heart of Texas

    Yes, Hurricane Harvey was a catastrophe. The historic storm dumped trillions of gallons of water on Texas last summer, destroying homes and disrupting thousands of human and animal lives.

    But amid the chaos and destruction, people’s resilience came shining through, along with their compassion and willingness to cooperate. The storm forced pet owners in the Houston area and along the Gulf Coast to evacuate, but the animal welfare community responded by working together, setting up shelters and arranging transports. Donations poured in from a public moved to help.

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    Weathering the storms, part II

    HSUS rescuer and senior wildlife adviser Dave Pauli works with a horse in Vieques who had wandered off her property before Hurricane Irma and was discovered in horrible condition. Her treatment included a tetanus vaccination, vitamins, deworming paste and quality feed.

    Going the distance for pets in Puerto Rico

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    On an ordinary day, the main plaza in Vieques’ Isabel Segunda neighborhood comes alive with town hall meetings or morning yoga classes. But on Oct. 1, 11 days after Hurricane Maria struck the small island off the coast of Puerto Rico, the plaza was filled for a very different reason.

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    Weathering the storms, part I

    Staff and volunteers from The HSUS and other groups prepare to whisk homeless cats and dogs out of Hurricane Irma’s path in Florida and deliver them to HSUS emergency placement partners.

    Facing a string of hurricanes, animal welfare groups leap into action

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    Late last summer, storm after storm pounded Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. But thanks to disaster preparation and purposeful collaboration, animal welfare organizations rescued thousands of shelter pets, wildlife and farm animals—and ensured that owned pets were reunited with their families once the storms subsided.

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  • Magazine Article

    Peace, love, dogs

    To benefit animals, Louisiana humane society taps that ’60s spirit

    Folks in Covington, Louisiana, are feeling groovy on a yearly basis at St. Tammany Humane Society’s Woofstock festival. The free, one-day event is a nearly 30-year tradition that’s grown to include roughly 2,000 attendees, almost 40 sponsors, dog and human hippie costume contests, a DJ, collectible Woofstock T-shirts, local food and celebrities, children’s entertainment, raffles and, of course, beer.

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