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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

    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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    Making the grade

    Members of the Boys & Girls Club are all smiles after making dog toys at the Humane Society of Broward County.

    Florida shelter achieves high marks in humane education

    A humane education program that pays for itself?

    It’s not a pipe dream, says Caroline Crane, vice president of education at the Humane Society of Broward County in Florida.

    The open-admission shelter reaches tens of thousands of children and adults in the community each year through its rich roster of educational programs—all while generating more than $160,000 in direct revenue.

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    A day in the life: Antonia Gardner

    Wildlife veterinarian bids farewell to the old year at the South Florida Wildlife Center

    South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) in Fort Lauderdale may not rank as a New Year’s Eve hotspot, but for medical director and veterinarian Antonia Gardner, it’s a fitting place to pay tribute to “auld acquaintance” and to welcome new faces. The center, an HSUS affiliate, is open 365 days a year and takes in more than 12,000 animals annually. For SFWC’s dedicated staff and volunteers, this means a constant cycle of caring for the sick, injured or orphaned while saying farewell to the healthy and healed before they’re returned to their wild habitats.

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