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Michael Sharp

Michael Sharp is a former Senior Content Editor at The Humane Society of the United States.

Content by Michael Sharp

  • Magazine Article

    What goes down ...

    ... sometimes comes back up

    Your adopters and novice foster caregivers may not be prepared for that horking sound longtime cat owners know so well. Here’s what one kitty devotee learned when he explored the world of cat vomit.

    I was standing in the kitchen making a sandwich when I heard that fateful sound.

    Hhuallck. Hhuallck. Hhhuuuaaalllck.

    I know this sound well.

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  • Magazine Article

    A breath of fresh air in D.C.

    Shakela Brown speaks with D.C. resident Julia Warren about free pet services.

    New Pets for Life mentorship cities include the nation's capital

    Shakela Brown walked to her car, hoping to sit and rest for a minute after hours of door-to-door canvassing in southeast Washington, D.C.

    But when she pressed the button to unlock her car, nothing happened. After trying it a few more times, she called the dealership: Turns out the clicker needed a new battery. She tried a few stores. She walked up and down Minnesota Avenue. She crossed over to Pennsylvania Avenue.

    No luck.

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  • Magazine Article

    A long time coming

    LIFE MAGAZINE, FEB.4, 1966

    NIH move is momentous in campaign against Class B dealers

    In February 1966, in the weeks after Batman made its television debut and Beatles guitarist George Harrison broke hearts by getting married, millions of Americans met Lucky.

    Life magazine ran a two-page photo of the emaciated English pointer, kicking off a powerful photo essay that introduced the country to the issue of dealers selling dogs—including lost or stolen pets—to laboratories. “YOUR DOG IS IN CRUEL DANGER” warned a headline on the cover.

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  • Magazine Article

    Such great heights

    Participants enjoy an impromptu snuggle session at a Pets for Life community outreach event at the Humane Society of Wisconsin. Milwaukee was one of 17 cities to receive PFL grants in 2014.

    The HSUS’s Pets for Life message continues to spread

    Christie Rogero was walking home one day years ago in San Francisco, where she was studying theater at the time, when she saw a small crowd gathered outside a row house. They were all staring up at a cat stranded on a roof.

    “I’ll do it,” she told the crowd, and up she went—her fear of heights and all. Scaling a thin metal ladder, she clung to the third-story roof with one hand and safely corralled the cat with the other. Later she’d think, with a laugh: “What the hell was I doing?”

    It wouldn’t be the last time she set aside her fears to help an animal.

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  • Magazine Article

    Taking it to the streets

    Betty Hill's Chihuahua was once a tiny Casanova, fathering litter after litter. But with help from the Pets for Life program, Hill was able to have him neutered. "I thought that was a blessed thing," she says.

    The HSUS's Pets for Life program is bringing the human touch to neighborhoods where pet care services are scarce, but love for animals abounds.

    The HSUS’s Pets for Life program is bringing the human touch to neighborhoods where pet care services are scarce, but love for animals abounds. Learn how to implement this amazing and unique program in your community.

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  • Magazine Article

    Roadside extraction

    Rowdy Shaw and Adam Parascandola of The HSUS help carry a sedated tiger from Mississippi’s Collins Zoo to a transport carrier. She was among three tigers, two cougars, two leopards, two wolf hybrids, and a macaque who were rescued from the unaccredited roadside facility.

    A cooperative effort rehomes neglected exotics to sanctuaries equipped to care for them

    A cooperative effort rehomes neglected exotics kept in an unaccredited roadside zoo to sanctuaries equipped to care for them.

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