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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

    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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  • Blog Post

    Bad neighborhoods

    How well do you really know your local "scary place" and the people who live there?

    Carrie Allan, senior editorial director for The HSUS, examines the reality and the mythology surrounding “Scary Neighborhoods” in this country and the responsibility of animal welfare groups.

    Pet lovers, heads up: In my years reporting about animal welfare in the U.S., it’s come to my attention that there are some very scary places pocketed away inside our country.

    You know the places I’m talking about. You probably have one nearby. You grew up hearing about it, from your parents, the news, the movies: the East Side, the South Side, north of Broad, Vermont Avenue, Sunnyside, Bed Stuy, Boyle Heights, Liberty City, East St. Louis, West Baltimore, Camden, East Oakland, the Cass Corridor.

    Where’s your nearest “scary place”? How often have you been there?

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  • Magazine Article

    Saving the strays of Puerto Rico

    A major initiative promises to make the island a better place for animals

    The roadside stop near Bahía de Puerca is like dozens of others in Puerto Rico—a cluster of ceiba trees, a patch of gravel leading to an exquisite stretch of blue water. And, as with those other overgrown roadside areas around the island, what initially seems to be just dirt and trash and foliage turns out to be occupied.

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