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  • Feature Article

    Sheltering people and pets

    The Jackson Galaxy Project and 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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  • Feature Article

    Do you want chips with those tips?

    Weighing the costs and benefits of microchips for community cats

    When Feral Freedom launched the first large-scale return-to-field program in Jacksonville, Florida, nearly a decade ago, many people in the animal welfare world were skeptical of the new approach. At the time, nearly all trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs worked closely with colony caretakers to capture and sterilize the cats; under the Feral Freedom model, healthy feral cats brought into the shelter would be neutered and returned to their territory whether or not a caretaker was identified.

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Animal Sheltering

Magazine - Winter 2017-2018

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: Getting to know your community means getting outside your own four walls; a major push to help animals in Puerto Rico; taking effective evidentiary photos in cruelty cases; a rescuer argues for setting aside labels to make more of an impact for animals; why maintaining shelter animals’ emotional health is so important; and more.


Tools and Resources

  • Magazine Article

    Are you sure about this?

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine March/April 2012

    Download this Mouthpiece to let your community know you are there to help if someone thinks they need to give up their pet

    There are many reasons why somone may think they need to give up their pet. Download this Mouthpiece to let your community know that you aren't there to judge, you're there to help.

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  • Magazine Article

    A dash of trouble

    Tara Pahl, a customer care associate at the Capital Area Humane Society in Ohio, pulled Dasha the cat out of a minivan dashboard to greet a cheering crowd that included a local television camera.

    Shelter worker pulls injured cat from minivan dashboard

    Thanks to a nearly three-hour effort by a determined shelter worker and a skilled auto mechanic, a stray cat is rescued from deep inside a minivan dashboard console.

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    In this edition of Unforgettable, you'll meet a creature so mysterious that shelter staff weren’t sure how to record the animal’s species on intake.

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  • Magazine Article

    Kids rock!

    Amber Ginter plays with shelter dog Lilac after giving her a bath at the Ross County Humane Society in Ohio.

    How the young and the restless can bring their energy to your shelter

    Does your shelter need an energy boost? By recruiting young people, you can acquire a volunteer force that’s brimming with energy and enthusiastic about helping animals.

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  • Magazine Article

    Investing in humane education

    Humane educators have a chance to reach kids with multiple animal-friendly messages, including the one about shelter adoptions. Sisters Karla and Teresa McNiece found Biggles at a cat adopt-a-thon in Florida.

    Children are the future—and the future of our communities’ animals

    Humane educators spread messages about the importance of kindness to animals and the connection between all living things—messages that can increase your organization’s visibility while sowing the seeds for a more humane world.

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  • Magazine Article

    How to save a life—or maybe 300

    The Washington Humane Society’s Lauren Haggerty (middle), Marcellus Rooths (right), and volunteer Shelly Mayo keep the paperwork moving during the Empty the Shelter adoption event.

    Competitors in the ASPCA ’s $100K Challenge test their limits

    With a top prize of $100,000 at stake, the ASPCA’s $100K Challenge sparked a friendly competition between two animal welfare organizations in Washington, D.C.—and others around the country.

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