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Julie Falconer

As senior editor of the award-winning Animal Sheltering magazine, Julie Falconer writes and edits articles for the sheltering, rescue and animal control fields. Before joining the staff of The Humane Society of the United States, Julie was a longtime volunteer with rescue and animal advocacy organizations in Central Virginia. She spends much of her free time assisting with trap-neuter-return programs for community cats.

Content by Julie Falconer

  • Magazine Article

    Tour of duty

    Service members are a force for good at Virginia shelter

    Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region is the country’s largest naval installation, and it’s common to see young service members in the lobby of the Norfolk SPCA. Many are there to adopt or to bring their pets to the shelter’s veterinary clinic; others come to volunteer their time to help homeless animals.

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    Bringing in the troops

    At the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville, trainer Michelle White demonstrates canine training techniques to Air Force veteran Doug Witmer, a volunteer with the Heroes & Hounds program.

    Outreach to veterans and active-duty ser vice members can tap a battalion of support

    After seven years of service and several overseas deployments, Ashley Morris was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and left the Air Force in 2013. She returned to her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, hoping to recover her mental balance. But a year and a half later, she was still sleeping on her mother’s couch, consumed by feelings of despair and isolation.

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    Room to breathe

    British veterinarians launch national campaign to reduce demand for—and improve the health of—‘smushed-face’ breeds

    When people ask what life is like for a dog with brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS), veterinarian Sean Wensley will sometimes hand them a plastic straw. “If you have to spend a few minutes breathing in and out through a narrow drinking straw, you quickly realize how difficult it is,” he says. “It’s quite unpleasant. Being in a constant state of oxygen deprivation is distressing.”

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    The little clinic that could

    Veterinarian Kelly Pinkston performs a spay surgery at the Help for Animals clinic in West Virginia, which has sterilized more than 160,000 animals.

    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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    Better together

    PAWS NY volunteer Sarah visits Arnold Johnston and his dog Jade

    Innovative house call program helps elderly New Yorkers keep their pets

    After Rachel Herman noticed many elderly owners surrendering their beloved pets because they could no longer provide daily care, she founded Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) NY, a house call program that brings free pet care to her city’s most vulnerable pet owners. Now providing assistance to around 400 pets each week, the program is changing lives in ways Herman never imagined.

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    Smart lending practices

    At Operation Catnip’s trap-loan depot (and office space), volunteer coordinator Kate Boisseau shows a caregiver how to set a trap.

    A little technology and methodology can help protect your investment in TNR equipment

    As trap-neuter-return (TNR) becomes the default solution for managing community cat populations, shelters and rescues might find they are lending more traps than ever before. But failing to keep track of that equipment can be an expensive mistake. Leading TNR organizations now use both low- and high-tech solutions to keep traps in circulation while safeguarding their investment.

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