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A magazine for anyone who cares about the health and happiness of animals and people in their community, Animal Sheltering goes beyond the four walls of shelters and rescues to look at the broader picture of the state of pets in the U.S. We cover stories that inform and entertain, empowering and inspiring you in your daily work. From those working to save more animals’ lives at the shelter to those helping prevent pets from being there in the first place, we’re covering the people and organizations that are making a difference. Read us, share with us, talk to us. Together, we’re changing the story.

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  • President's Note

    Answering the call

    Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, each born in the Atlantic in late summer, upended the lives of millions of people and animals. The scouring winds and unstoppable storm surges these hurricanes unleashed tested not just the resilience of the people of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but also their survival skills. Two of the storms also flattened other parts of the Caribbean, including the British Virgin Islands.

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  • Mouthpieces

    Shower me with love, not germs

    Download this Mouthpiece to encourage shelter visitors to sanitize their hands frequently to avoid spreading disease.

    People don't realize how easily disease can spread in a shelter environment. Download this Mouthpiece to encourage shelter visitors to wash their hands.

    Browse additional Mouthpieces designed to aid your community outreach. To submit a PSA your organization designed, contact us at asm@humanesociety.org.

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  • Q&A

    Breaking out

    Actress Adrienne C. Moore talks spirit and shelter pets

    In Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Adrienne C. Moore brings humor and heart to the role of prisoner Cindy “Black Cindy” Hayes, who memorably undergoes a religious awakening in season 3.

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  • 101 Department

    Put it in writing

    Good written agreements make for better relationships, in disasters and everyday shelter work

    Twelve years ago, Hurricane Katrina left chaos in its wake. Animal welfare agencies across the country hustled to get animals to safety, but the scope of such a massive response made it difficult to coordinate efforts. Sometimes it was hard to tell who was in charge of what, who had the authority to make decisions, or where animals had gone post-evacuation. 

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  • Rescue Central

    When love isn’t enough

    Rescue isn’t all heartwarming success stories, and sometimes hard cases call for tough decisions

    With his wagging tail and happy demeanor, the golden retriever-spaniel mix looks like a friendly, approachable dog. And for a brief moment, he is.

    “You can pet him for about two seconds, and then he’ll nail you,” says Karen Deeds, a trainer and certified dog behavior consultant in Fort Worth, Texas.

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  • Shelter Medicine

    Identifying and treating mouths full of hurt

    Cats with dental problems may be suffering in silence

    It wasn’t that long ago that we failed to understand pain in our companion animals. You may recall veterinarians in the past saying things like, “Animals don’t feel pain like we do.”

    In fact, when I went to veterinary school in the late-1980s, we weren’t taught to provide pain relievers for animals after common procedures such as spay/neuter or dental work, including extraction of teeth. Typically, our patients received short-acting pain medicine in the hospital, and then were sent home to rest and recover.

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  • Unforgettable

    Lucky's break

    In the rescue world, we see just about everything, but nothing prepared us at Tanner’s P.A.W.S. in upstate New York for our first puppy mill rescue dog. We named her Lucky, because that’s what she was.

    An 8-month-old miniature poodle, Lucky was rescued from a puppy mill in Ohio. (We’re part of a team of rescue groups that pulls dogs from mills.) We were told she had a hip issue. Our rescue team told us to have a wheelchair ready because they didn’t know if she was ambulatory. We stepped up and made the commitment to save her.

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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

    Winter 2017-2018

    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

    Sheltering people and pets

    Safe Haven will help protect families of domestic violence survivors.

    The Jackson Galaxy Project and GreaterGood.org retrofit shelters for vulnerable families

    Web Exclusives

    Violence against animals often portends violence against people, but for women experiencing domestic abuse, the two can be one and the same. Seventy-one percent of women who own pets and enter domestic violence shelters report that their abuser threatened, harmed or killed their pet as a form of psychological control—yet less than 3 percent of those shelters allow pets in the U.S.

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  • Magazine Article

    Ar-cat-ecture for animals

    "White Jack" by Abramson Teiger Architects: "The form allows the cat to climb through it like a habitat ... [it's] like a piece of interactive art where the cat becomes part of the art."

    Architects design community cat shelters for a cause

    Web Exclusives

    If you were drawing a Venn diagram, you likely wouldn’t have “community cat shelter” and “iconic modernist design” overlap. Yet last October, the Herman Miller Showroom in Culver City, California—namesake of Herman Miller, the furniture manufacturer credited with instantly recognizable designs like the Eames lounge chair—showcased cat shelters designed, built and donated by local architects and designers.

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  • Magazine Article

    A day in the life: Antonia Gardner

    Wildlife veterinarian bids farewell to the old year at the South Florida Wildlife Center

    Web Exclusives

    South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) in Fort Lauderdale may not rank as a New Year’s Eve hotspot, but for medical director and veterinarian Antonia Gardner, it’s a fitting place to pay tribute to “auld acquaintance” and to welcome new faces. The center, an HSUS affiliate, is open 365 days a year and takes in more than 12,000 animals annually. For SFWC’s dedicated staff and volunteers, this means a constant cycle of caring for the sick, injured or orphaned while saying farewell to the healthy and healed before they’re returned to their wild habitats.

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  • Magazine Article

    Answering the call

    Wayne Pacelle and his adopted dog, Lily.

    Winter 2017-2018

    Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, each born in the Atlantic in late summer, upended the lives of millions of people and animals. The scouring winds and unstoppable storm surges these hurricanes unleashed tested not just the resilience of the people of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but also their survival skills. Two of the storms also flattened other parts of the Caribbean, including the British Virgin Islands.

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  • Magazine Article

    Positive politics

    Soon after a New Hampshire law on contagious animals was amended,  Mr. Sassy debuted on the adoption floor at the Monadnock Humane Society.

    When a bad law was affecting good cats, New Hampshire animal advocates lobbied for change

    Winter 2017-2018

    In June, a 5-year-old gray tabby named Mr. Sassy quietly transitioned from a holding cage at the Monadnock Humane Society to a space on the adoption floor. Despite the lack of fanfare, for shelter staff and volunteers who had lobbied to give cats like him a chance, it was a momentous occasion—and a reminder that the work of saving lives doesn’t occur in a political vacuum.

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