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Kelly Madrone

Kelly Madrone is a former staff writer for The HSUS.

Content by Kelly Madrone

  • Magazine Article

    Put it in writing

    Written agreements were key to rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and helped ensure that partnering organizations were pulling in the same direction.

    Good written agreements make for better relationships, in disasters and everyday shelter work

    Twelve years ago, Hurricane Katrina left chaos in its wake. Animal welfare agencies across the country hustled to get animals to safety, but the scope of such a massive response made it difficult to coordinate efforts. Sometimes it was hard to tell who was in charge of what, who had the authority to make decisions, or where animals had gone post-evacuation. 

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    Greener pastures

    Taryn Hillman, an administrative assistant at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, leads a horse through a training exercise.

    Equine facility provides safe haven for abused and neglected animals

    When the trailer finally pulled to a stop, the horses shuffled nervously as the rear door rolled open. One by one they exited the trailer, hooves clopping slowly down the metal ramp. The place they’d come to wasn’t home, but it was just as good—a resting place where wounds, both visible and hidden, could be healed.

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    The golden age

    Shelters and rescues can offer older animals another shot at love

    You don’t need to sell most people on the perks of adopting a puppy or kitten—anyone can see that they’re tiny, fluffy and fun—but what about the perks of senior animals? They’re usually trained, calm and don’t pounce on your feet in the middle of the night. More and more shelters and rescues are touting these benefits, as well as addressing potential adopters’ concerns about caring for older pets, so seniors get a chance to live out their golden years in loving homes.

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    The long arm of the paw

    Inmates from the local women’s prison help train and care for animals like Frankie at the Maricopa County Animal Safe Haven (MASH), which houses abused animals in a former jail.

    Police unit offers care and rehab for animal abuse victims

    As Sgt. Gary Miller strolls the corridors of the First Avenue Jail in Phoenix, Arizona, he offers some of the most effusive greetings the cells’ occupants have ever heard.

    “Hey there, buddy! Are you a good boy today?” He reaches through the bars and offers a pat on the head. A slobbery tongue emerges and swipes at his hand.

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    On target

    More organizations are taking a targeted approach to managing free-roaming cats and ensuring that their numbers dwindle over time.

    A focused approach to TNR yields more effective population control

    Trap-neuter-return (TNR) takes time, persistence and a huge amount of patience. It’s worth it, because when done right, TNR works. But if you’re scattering your efforts across a large geographic area, your program won’t have the impact you envisioned. To achieve the promise of TNR—healthier, safer cats and fewer outdoor felines—you need to focus on target areas and engage residents in the project. Learn the basics of targeted TNR in our “101” department, and start working smarter, not harder, to manage community cat populations.

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