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Hear different voices each week, from the Animal Sheltering team and other colleagues in animal welfare, reflecting on the most critical issues in our field. Share your own voice in the comments!


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    Food for thought

    It's not all bean burgers! The Humane Society of the United States shares Meatless Monday recipes online and in its magazine, including avocado tostadas ...

    How sheltering professionals can help foster a humane society for all animals

    It’s hard to overstate the importance of food. It keeps us alive, obviously, but it’s also at the center of so many of our favorite traditions, from Sunday brunch, to the heaving Thanksgiving table, to Taco Tuesday. So it’s no surprise that people bristle when others suggest eating less or none of their favorite familiar foods. No one likes change, especially when it’s a change from how we've been eating our whole lives!

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  • Blog Post

    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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    Cats, Wildlife and You Brochure: 500 Brochures

    Cats, wildlife and you cover

    Conflict between outdoor cats and native wildlife can be a dilemma for those who care about all animals. This brochure helps people prevent and resolve conflicts in their own backyards with easy to apply tips and tactics to keep both cats and wildlife safe. A great handout for animal shelters, wildlife rehab centers, and veterinary clinics.

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    Cats, Wildlife and You Brochure: 100 Brochures

    Cats, wildlife and you cover

    Conflict between outdoor cats and native wildlife can be a dilemma for those who care about all animals. This brochure helps people prevent and resolve conflicts in their own backyards with easy to apply tips and tactics to keep both cats and wildlife safe. A great handout for animal shelters, wildlife rehab centers, and veterinary clinics.

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  • Blog Post

    Helping your community’s forgotten animals: Wildlife

    Photo by Stan Rohrer

    How one Virginia community connects the dots

    This is the first in a series of three blogs showcasing how our Wild Neighbors partners have implemented one or more of the criteria of our Wild Neighbors pledge.

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  • Magazine Article

    Love beyond borders

    Eileen Anderson, Heidi Leland, CHHS assistant manager Jodi Henkel, CHHS shelter manager Kaitlyn Moss and Caramel.

    Rescuer reunited with animals she cared for overseas

    “I’ve been rescuing animals my whole life,” says Heidi Leland. When she and her husband decided in April 2016 to relocate to South Korea for his job, Leland knew she wanted to help rescue animals from the country’s dog meat trade.

    Leland connected with two shelters—Save Korean Dogs in Gimpo City and Hannah Shelter in Daegu.

    “So many of the dogs were so frightened,” says Leland, whose jobs included walking and grooming the dogs and helping them learn to trust humans. “My whole goal was just to love them and show them that people could be good to them.”

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  • Assessment

    Animal Care Expo App

    We've built a mobile app for Animal Care Expo 2018! It has all of the important information you'll need for the event, with features to enhance your experience throughout your time at Animal Care Expo. Attendees will use the app to fill out workshop evaluations, share social media posts, network, find exhibit booths and more! It also includes a full schedule with room assignments and maps.

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  • Magazine Article

    A pretty penny for your best thoughts

    Petco Foundation Innovation Showdown goes live in its second year

    A cloud-based marketing resource for shelters and rescues, technological solutions to help reunite lost pets and owners, and an animal transport program that addresses the root causes of animal overpopulation—all three ideas have a shot at investment, thanks to the Petco Foundation Innovation Showdown during this year’s Animal Care Expo.

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