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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

    Smart moves for winning grants

    Foundation funding can take your programs from good to great, but it takes more than a big idea to walk away with the cash

    The money is out there, but the competition is fierce. While there are plenty of foundations making grants available to animal welfare groups, you need more than good intentions (or dumb luck) to tap into this funding source.

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  • Magazine Article

    Romping grounds

    Through playgroup programs, shelters are giving dogs a vital mental and physical break from kennel life.

    Doggy playgroups have a transformative effect on Ohio shelter

    As any trainer will tell you, a tired dog is a good dog. Through daily playgroups, an Ohio shelter is ensuring that there are lots of tired, good dogs for adopters to meet—and experiencing other benefits shelter staff never imagined.

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  • Magazine Article

    Tails on the trails

    Nonprofit Free Animal Doctor and Airbnb offer excursions with rescue dogs

    On the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains in California, Runyon Canyon Park is known for its rugged trails, celebrity sightings, and impressive views of the Los Angeles basin, the iconic Hollywood sign and, on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean.

    Among locals, the park has also long been known as a great place to take dogs, with several designated off-leash areas. But until recently, the dog-friendly policies weren’t much of a draw for tourists.

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