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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

  • 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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  • 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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