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M. Carrie Allan

M. Carrie Allan is the senior editorial director at The Humane Society of the United States, served as editor of Animal Sheltering magazine for nearly a decade, and has focused on telling the stories of the animal protection movement for even longer. She holds a master’s degree in English and writing and has won awards for her journalism, fiction and poetry, including recognition from the Dog Writer’s Association of American, the Cat Writer’s Association, the Association of Food Journalists, and the James Beard Foundation (where she was a finalist for the work she does in her side-gig, writing about booze and cocktails for the Washington Post). If you think there’s a connection between her longtime commitment to animal welfare work and her interest in a good drink . . . well, aren’t you the smart one?

Content by M. Carrie Allan

  • Magazine Article

    Weathering the storms, part I

    Staff and volunteers from The HSUS and other groups prepare to whisk homeless cats and dogs out of Hurricane Irma’s path in Florida and deliver them to HSUS emergency placement partners.

    Facing a string of hurricanes, animal welfare groups leap into action

    Late last summer, storm after storm pounded Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. But thanks to disaster preparation and purposeful collaboration, animal welfare organizations rescued thousands of shelter pets, wildlife and farm animals—and ensured that owned pets were reunited with their families once the storms subsided.

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  • Magazine Article

    Below the rim

    The people and horses of Supai live in one of the most remote places in the country. That’s created challenges for the animals’ care—but a group of equine experts recruited by The HSUS is trying to help.

    In a remote canyon community in Arizona, The HSUS brings help to working horses

    From the trailhead that leads to Havasu Falls, you can gaze over a vast, wild place still largely unaltered by humans. From the edge of the canyon, looking out at the towering stone ridges and the sun-speckled desert valley, listening to the wind whistle around the rocks, it seems like it could be 100, 1,000, even 10,000 years ago, when this isolated Arizona chasm leading to the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon would have looked much the same.

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  • Magazine Article

    A delicate balance

    On an island with limited resources but deep pride in its horses, The HSUS partners with locals to forge a path forward

    A tiny island in Puerto Rico, Vieques is a study in contrasts: It's blessed with beautiful beaches but plagued by a poor economy. Horses roam free, serving as a popular tourist attraction, but also causing damage in towns and creating dangerous driving conditions; serious accidents involving vehicles and horses are common. To help provide a safer and healthier future for all the animals on Vieques, The HSUS and its global arm, Humane Society International, are working with locals on projects ranging from spay/neuter clinics for companion animals to a contraceptive program for horses.

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  • Blog Post

    When a bad story gets in the way of the facts

    Beware of confirmation bias when trying to figure out “the truth”

    More than a decade ago, at an animal shelter in southern Virginia, I witnessed a well-to-do woman surrendering her pet because, she said, he didn’t match her new décor.

    The moment ate at me, and continues to every now and then—but for different reasons than it did at the time.

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  • Magazine Article

    Sick building syndrome?

    Quick tips for improved animal health in a less-than-ideal facility

    Get (and keep) them outta there: If you’ve got a building that makes animals sick, it makes sense to focus more energy on intervention and pet retention programs that help people keep and care for their pets. Beyond that, fast-track your intake and adoptions, use return-to-field programs for community cats and maximize your foster care programs so that animals don’t stay in the building any longer than they have to.

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    Driving change

    In Detroit and underserved neighborhoods around the country, Pets for Life is bridging gaps

    Pet owners in impoverished, isolated communities face hardships many people fail to comprehend. Until the past decade, their challenges have been largely overlooked by the animal welfare movement, but the HSUS Pets for Life (PFL) program has been working to change that. In Detroit, where the staff of All About Animals Rescue bring the PFL approach to underserved neighborhoods, they face some challenges that are unique to the area—and meet clients who embody the Motor City’s great heart.

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