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Kelly Huegel

Kelly Huegel is a former staff writer for the Humane Society of the United States.

Content by Kelly Huegel

  • Magazine Article

    A tale of two cities

    For every life saved, staff at Stockton Animal Services add a marble to a jar at the front desk. Since partnering wiht the San Francisco SPCA, the shelter has been able to stockpile more marbles than staff thought possible.

    Mentorship helps struggling shelter mount massive turnaround

    Things were sunny in San Francisco in 2011. Maybe not in the literal sense, thanks to its legendary fog, but at the San Francisco SPCA (SFSPCA), the outlook for the city’s animals was bright.

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  • Magazine Article

    Just passing through

    Closing temporary housing gaps for pets whose owners leave the country

    When Danny Burke first stopped by Christina Bamaca’s house in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago to drop off cats Fluffy and Rocky from their spay/neuter appointments, he had no idea what he’d stumbled upon. There was a Maltese, a cocker spaniel, a German shepherd, a St. Bernard, and as he looked around, the dogs just kept appearing. Was it a hoarding situation? A breeding operation?

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    Block by block

    Chicago residents line up for a Pets for Life (PFL) community event. PFL brings spay/neuter services, vaccination clinics, training classes and other resources to underserved communities across the country.

    Reaching your community means getting outside your doors and knocking on theirs

    Back when Matt Piccone worked for a cable company in Rochester, N.Y., his job was to disconnect people who were stealing service. “I was in and out of 200 yards a day unannounced,” he says. In those yards and back alleys, he found more than illegal cable hookups: He saw dogs tied up all day, animals in need of veterinary care and stray cats struggling to care for their litters.

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  • Magazine Article

    Have leash, will travel

    Staff member Meredith Kaufman helps to unload a St. Hubert’s transport van.

    Transport programs give animals a ticket to ride toward a new life

    It was a long journey. They weren’t always sure where they were headed, but someone told them that far away, there was a place for them. So they packed up their dreams and headed off to find a home.

    Just like the settlers of long ago, many of America’s companion animals are leaving the places they’re from in search of a better life.

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  • Magazine Article

    Who fosters? iFoster

    Shelter boosts adoptions with virtual foster program

    People have lots of reasons for not fostering animals: I don’t have room for another animal. I’m allergic. I’m afraid I’ll get too attached.

    Well, now there’s an app for that—one that allows people to “foster” virtually, and serve as public relations agents for the animals they choose.

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    Thinking outside the box

    Holly Thoms (shown here with her rescued dog Kayla) is the founder of Voiceless-MI, which funds low-cost spay/neuter and promotes animal-friendly legislation in Michigan.

    Michigan advocate leads the fight to ban gas chambers

    When Holly Thoms saw that her local animal shelter was going to start euthanizing dogs because it didn’t have the staffing to care for them, she leaped into action. “I grabbed one of my friends and went down there and said, ‘We’re gonna clean up poop, you know—try and help out.’”

    That was more than 15 years ago, but Thoms’ passion for helping animals hasn’t flagged.

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