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    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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    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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    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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    Are they getting the care they deserve?

    Using the Five Freedoms to ensure quality of life for animals in our care

    In my days working in a shelter, when I turned out the lights and left at the end of the day, I would ask myself one very important question: “Did I give each and every animal the best possible care today?” 

    I’m guessing you do the same. But how can we be certain? How do we know for sure that any animal is living a good quality life, let alone an animal living in a shelter environment? The answer lies in something called “The Five Freedoms.”

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    Keeping families together

    Start a pet apartment registry and reduce animal surrenders

    When I moved to Orlando in 2013, I had to rent an apartment for the first time in 25 years. It was a wonderful, friendly place. In fact, management didn’t charge me a pet deposit for my two dogs; they didn’t even ask me what kind of dogs I had. Based on my experience, I just assumed that every rental community allowed dogs. I came to learn that nearly 75 percent of rental communities claim to be “pet-friendly” while only accepting very small dogs and cats, which excludes many of our nation’s most popular pets.
     

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    Calls of the wild

    Finding more humane ways to resolve wildlife conflicts

    “I don’t want that raccoon laying eggs in my gutter,” the caller said. (And no, he wasn’t a transplant from Eastern Australia—where the egg-laying mammal, the platypus, resides.)
     

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