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  • Learning to be a pilot light

    The people who attend Animal Care Expo are what makes it great

    A ripple of embarrassment washes over me when I realize I’ve been squirming in my chair. I strain to focus through familiar content just to glean a couple new nuggets of wisdom. Then, directly after lunch, I fight off sleepy daydreams about what’ll be served for dinner, during which time I can use my coveted drink ticket.

    I confess, this is a brief glimpse into what my mind usually does at professional conferences— that is, until I started attending Animal Care Expo.

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  • Blog Post

    Sgt. Stubby’s legacy

    Sergeant Stubby

    Stray dog turned WWI mascot, subject of new animated film, echoes soldiers’ bonds with dogs around the world

    Any work that brings a piece of animal protection lore to a modern audience never fails to please me as a scholar of both the human-animal bond and the humane movement’s history. Given my affection for mascot narratives, I was excited to learn that the story of Stubby, arguably World War I’s best known mascot, had made it to the big screen.

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  • Blog Post

    Promoting social justice through spay/neuter

    To improve your services, dive into your community’s issues

    On this World Spay Day 2018, let’s talk about creating a culture of inclusivity and understanding within your spay/neuter programs.

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  • Blog Post

    State of the Mewnion

    Survey seeks info on effective work for community cats

    "As a people we have played a large part in the world, and we are bent upon making our future even larger than the past."

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  • Blog Post

    Meet Amy Nichols, the new vice president of Companion Animals for The Humane Society of the United States

    She started with the rescue of one baby bird. And now she can’t wait to do bigger things.

    When I was about 8 years old, I was outside exploring the area around the church gym where my older brother was playing basketball. There were a lot of old trees and multiple window wells near the base of the building, and I was looking at some rocks when I heard a rustle in the leaves and some soft peeping noises. I walked over to the next window well and looked down to see a baby blue jay hopping around.

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  • Blog Post

    Animal Sheltering’s best of 2017

    We break down this year’s best and most popular pages

    The Animal Sheltering magazine, blog and Animal Care Expo team is small but mighty. Made up of public policy specialists, animal experts and advocacy journalists, many of us are community cat caretakers, rescue volunteers, adopters ourselves. We’re all passionate about helping you better the lives of the people and pets in your community.

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  • Blog Post

    Why we should celebrate adopted pets online

    The power of social media still moves people (and can help you place homeless animals!)

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could help get more pets adopted—without spending any money or even getting up from your chair? And have fun while you’re doing it? 

    On Thursday, Dec. 7, you’ll have the chance to do just that, when you join The Shelter Pet Project for its Eighth Annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day.

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  • Magazine Article

    Room to breathe

    British veterinarians launch national campaign to reduce demand for—and improve the health of—‘smushed-face’ breeds

    When people ask what life is like for a dog with brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS), veterinarian Sean Wensley will sometimes hand them a plastic straw. “If you have to spend a few minutes breathing in and out through a narrow drinking straw, you quickly realize how difficult it is,” he says. “It’s quite unpleasant. Being in a constant state of oxygen deprivation is distressing.”

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  • Magazine Article

    Learning to be a pilot light

    The people who attend Animal Care Expo are what makes it great

    A ripple of embarrassment washes over me when I realize I’ve been squirming in my chair. I strain to focus through familiar content just to glean a couple new nuggets of wisdom. Then, directly after lunch, I fight off sleepy daydreams about what’ll be served for dinner, during which time I can use my coveted drink ticket.

    I confess, this is a brief glimpse into what my mind usually does at professional conferences— that is, until I started attending Animal Care Expo.

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  • Blog Post

    Sgt. Stubby’s legacy

    Sergeant Stubby

    Stray dog turned WWI mascot, subject of new animated film, echoes soldiers’ bonds with dogs around the world

    Any work that brings a piece of animal protection lore to a modern audience never fails to please me as a scholar of both the human-animal bond and the humane movement’s history. Given my affection for mascot narratives, I was excited to learn that the story of Stubby, arguably World War I’s best known mascot, had made it to the big screen.

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  • Magazine Article

    Working together works

    Retired president and CEO of Denver Dumb Friends League offers three parting words

    Bob Rohde was 23 when he joined Dumb Friends League as an animal care technician in 1973. (The Denver-based organization was founded in 1910, when the word “dumb” was widely used to refer to animals who can’t speak for themselves.)

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  • Magazine Article

    The little clinic that could

    Veterinarian Kelly Pinkston performs a spay surgery at the Help for Animals clinic in West Virginia, which has sterilized more than 160,000 animals.

    Animal Care Expo legacy is still going strong at a West Virginia spay/neuter clinic

    As Donna Spencer tells it, one of her most life-altering experiences took place 22 years ago during a visit to Las Vegas.

    She didn’t win (or lose) a fortune at the casinos or get married at a drive-through chapel. What Spencer did in Vegas was even more meaningful, and it would impact countless lives in the years to come.

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  • Magazine Article

    We stand up for the five freedoms

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine Spring 2018

    Download this Mouthpiece to show your shelter is committed to providing the five freedoms

    The Five Freedoms is an animal welfare standard developed by the U.K. Farm Animal Welfare Council and adapted by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians for pets in shelters. Download this Mouthpiece to show your community that your shelter is commited to providing your animals with the five freedoms.

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