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Kelly Madrone

Kelly Madrone is a former staff writer for The HSUS. She works as a freelance writer and editor and is based in New Mexico. Find her online at kellymadrone.com

Content by Kelly Madrone

  • Magazine Article

    Powerful partnerships

    David Stroud with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society in North Carolina removes pups from a breeding mill several hours from his shelter. Many shelter and rescue partners cross county or state lines to assist in large rescues.

    Network connects shelters in need with critical resources

    It started with a run-of-the-mill barking complaint. But when officers with Habersham County (Georgia) Department of Animal Care & Control arrived at the property in April 2017, they discovered one of the state’s largest puppy mill operations.

    More than 350 animals were living on the property, and not just dogs. There were cats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, doves, an alpaca and a horse, all in deplorable conditions. Many of the dogs were confined to plastic tubs and under wire mesh, surrounded by mud and feces.

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    Love beyond borders

    Eileen Anderson, Heidi Leland, CHHS assistant manager Jodi Henkel, CHHS shelter manager Kaitlyn Moss and Caramel.

    Rescuer reunited with animals she cared for overseas

    “I’ve been rescuing animals my whole life,” says Heidi Leland. When she and her husband decided in April 2016 to relocate to South Korea for his job, Leland knew she wanted to help rescue animals from the country’s dog meat trade.

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    The high cost of caring

    How can we combat drug and alcohol abuse in the animal welfare field?

    Those who work in caring fields are especially susceptible to alcohol and substance abuse, and the animal welfare field, where emotions can run high and staffers often put animals’ well-being before their own, is no exception. How can you recognize and combat flawed coping strategies in your co-workers—and how can you take better care of yourself?

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    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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