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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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  • 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.

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  • Magazine Article

    Her casa is their casa

    Honey, an older pit bull with a damaged lip, was initially frightened when rescuers found her during a raid in July on a dogfighting operation in Gary, Ind. She blossomed into a sweetheart, thanks to love and attention provided by Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Education and Rescue volunteers.

    Kennel enrichment program makes Indiana shelter dogs happier, more adoptable

    When The HSUS ’s Animal Rescue Team and local law enforcement raided a Gary, Ind., dogfighting operation last July, they found dogs stashed everywhere.

    Some were crated in the kitchen of a trashed house where the occupants had been cooking crack cocaine on the stove. Others languished in feces-laden crates in the basement or outside in the muddy yard. Still others were confined to rusted cages or filthy crates stacked on top of each other inside a decrepit shed, where boarded-up windows blocked out all light.

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    Doing a world of good

    Spay Day events in 2011 included The HSUS teaming with the ASPCA and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals to provide free spay/neuter, cat and dog food, vaccinations, and microchips to pet owners in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

    A new name reflects an annual spay/neuter initiative’s scope

    It started 18 years ago as Spay Day USA , but The HSUS’s annual campaign to call attention to the importance of spay/neuter has always included participants from around the world. Run in cooperation with The HSUS’s global affiliate, Humane Society International (HSI), the event last year attracted participants from 46 countries. And now, its name will reflect that global scope.

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  • Magazine Article

    Building a wall

    “Wall of Love” raises big bucks for the Asheville Humane Society

    On Sept. 14, 2010—the opening day of the Asheville Humane Society’s new adoption and education center—a wide-eyed young boy approached the reception desk and asked, “Are those dogs available for adoption?”

    Mounted on the walls behind the reception area, groups of tiles picturing a variety of dogs had caught his eye.

    “No, they aren’t available for adoption,” the receptionist explained with a smile. “Those pets belong to people who love them so much, they created our ‘Wall of Love’ to help all the animals find homes.”

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  • Magazine Article

    Baby, it's cold outside

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine January/February 2012

    Download this Mouthpiece for tips on keeping pets warm in cold weather

    Keeping your pet warm doesn't have to mean putting him in embarassing sweaters. Download this Mouthpiece to give your community practical tips on keeping their pets safe and warm during cold weather.

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  • Magazine Article

    Ambassador of adorable

    Nikki’s damaged ears haven’t ruined her looks. The pooch has become an ambassador for victims of dogfighting, and a powerful face in the struggle against animal cruelty.

    Pit bull mix survives ordeal to become humane education superstar

    Pit bull-boxer mix Nikki is a lover, not a fighter—but had the SPCA of Tampa Bay not intervened, she might have turned out differently.

    Nikki was picked up by humane officer Jill Purl in January 2011 when she was only 8 to 10 weeks old. She and her mother had been stolen, but her owner had found her again—tied up alone in a neighborhood backyard, with tiny rubber bands wrapped so tightly around her ears that they had sliced deeply into her flesh. Her ears were actually rotting off her head, and her mother was nowhere to be found.

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  • Magazine Article

    A matter of life and breath

    Bobby Silcott and his dog Elvis, a basset hound with a little beagle in him, demonstrate one of the pet oxygen masks that Silcott is supplying to fire and rescue departments throughout Maine. Looking on is Silcott’s lemon-drop beagle, Priscilla.

    Maine ACO leads the charge for pet oxygen masks

    Pets in Maine can breathe a little easier— literally—knowing that Bobby Silcott is on the case.

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