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Inga Fricke

Inga Fricke is the former Director of Sheltering Initiatives and Outreach at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  She has served on the Board of Shelter Animals Count, a non-profit organization formed to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, and as Chair of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators’ CAWA Exam Preparatory Resources Committee. Prior to joining The HSUS, Inga served as Administrator of the Wyandot County Humane Society/H.O.P.E. Clinic, helping to found the Wyandot County Equine Rescue, and as Shelter Manager for Loudoun County Animal Care and Control.

Content by Inga Fricke

  • Blog Post

    'Return' is not a dirty word

    Pets who come back present opportunities for us to learn

    When I travel the country sharing the Adopters Welcome philosophy with shelters and rescue groups, there’s one refrain I hear over and over:  “But if we eliminate our home checks, landlord checks and other hurdles and actually embrace people who want to adopt, rather than scrutinize and judge them, the animal might get returned!”

    My standard response: "So what?"

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    Failure is not an option

    Saving lives means upping our customer service game

    Show of hands—how many of you got into animal welfare because you just love people and want to devote your life to providing stellar customer service?

    I think I’m safe in guessing virtually none of you are raising your hands! That’s because we’re animal people—dyed-in-the-wool, tried-and-true, ride-or-die animal advocates! Serve people? You’ve got to be kidding! If anything, we need to protect animals from people, right?

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    ‘Sisterhood’ Redefined!

    The Sister Shelter Project's stateside partners will provide support and guidance to shelters in Puerto Rico.

    A huge ray of sunshine has fallen on Puerto Rico in the form of the HSUS Sister Shelter Project

    Imagine what the world of animal sheltering must have been like in the 1970s (I know, some of you weren’t even born yet, but stay with me!). Chances are your community didn’t have a beautiful, state-of-the-art shelter that was open and inviting to the public, provided humane housing and enrichment for each of its animal residents, and was designed to maximize lifesaving in every respect.

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