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    Disaster FAQ

    What shelters and rescues need to know about the Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, as well as the wildfires in Oregon and Montana.

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    What shelters and rescues need to know about the Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, as well as the wildfires in Oregon and Montana.

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    Super trooper

    Colorado Mounted Rangers volunteer Dawn Havens didn't hesitate to choose Kara as her canine partner.

    Colorado K9 officer is busy busting stereotypes

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    A shorthaired, medium-sized pit bull-mix, Kara looked like a lot of the other dogs at the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society in Texas. Her history wasn’t unusual either: She was surrendered with her eight puppies by an owner who couldn’t care for them. But inside this average-looking dog with a sad but run-of-the-mill backstory was a natural high achiever—someone with the smarts, drive and focus to get a job done.

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    A room with a view

    A Good Mews Animal Foundation resident checks out a chipmunk.

    Cage-free cat shelter and wildlife habitat peacefully coexist in Georgia

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    What do you get when you mix a cat shelter, a barren yard and eager volunteers with green thumbs? A wildlife habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation—or, as community outreach chair Lisa Bass of Good Mews Animal Foundation in Marietta, Georgia, calls it, a “big-screen kitty TV.”

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    Finders keepers

    Although it has a dedicated kitten nursery, Miami-Dade works to keep young kittens out of the shelter, where they’re at risk of contracting a disease.

    Florida shelter’s Milkman Program delivers care kits to kitten finders

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    “I’ve found a litter of kittens. Can you take them?”

    It’s the type of call your shelter likely receives multiple times a day during the height of kitten season—Good Samaritans stumble across a litter and look to you to provide a solution. That’s all well and good if your organization has the capacity to meet this need, but if you’re already swamped with tiny fluffballs who need a lot of care, these calls can fill you with a sense of panic or dread.

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    Working-class cats

    Milly was placed at a small farm in Manassas, Virginia in April. "She patrols the crops and has made friends with the resident chickens!" says the Humane Rescue Alliance's Erin Robinson.

    Through an urban relocation program, a D.C. shelter finds places—and jobs—for its last-chance cats

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    “Enjoy the lovely Dupont Circle fountain amongst our furry city companions,” recommends the reviewer, awarding the “Dupont Circle Rat Sanctuary” five stars on Yelp. The sanctuary is a “wonderful place for 100% organic, free-range rats to frolic in a safe environment without predators,” says another, awarding it four stars, plus the extra-large rodents are “healthy strong riding stock,” a fellow Yelper adds.

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    A day in the life: Susan Spaulding

    <b>Midnight</b> I’m just finishing up midnight feeding for 3-hour litters; kittens are fed by weight, not age, so different litters may be on different schedules. I feed and potty everyone, do a mini exam on kittens in a fragile new litter who are not thriving, and make a note to contact their sponsor group in the morning to provide updates.

    The National Kitten Coalition’s co-founder, instructor and director of neonatal programs shares a day in her life … during kitten season

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    My name is Susan Spaulding—for 25-plus years I have fostered neonatal orphaned kittens, as well as kittens needing specialized medical care. Neonates, ill and underage kittens are one of the most at-risk groups within the animal welfare system; as little as 10 years ago, the vast majority were euthanized because rescue groups and shelters had little knowledge of how to care for them.

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    Baby love

    Kitten nurseries often specialize in caring for unweaned kittens (commonly referred to as “bottle babies” or “neonates”) who need to be hand fed.

    In its new kitten nursery manual, the National Kitten Coalition provides an in-depth look at innovative solutions for kittens who need extra time and care

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    For shelter workers and rescue volunteers around the country, spring can seem the cruelest season. That’s when kitten intakes typically peak.

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    Marketing joy

    Find instructions on how to build a collapsible kissing booth at picturemeathome.org.

    Nonprofit offers creative campaign ideas and free marketing materials for shelters and rescues

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    You likely already know the value of adoption promotions that get your community involved and inspired, but if your creative juices are running dry or you lack design skills, Picture Me @ Home is here to help.

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    Count your organization in

    Shelter Animals Count asks organizations to report monthly information, like beginning and ending animal counts, intake types and outcomes. The project allows shelters to opt out of publicly sharing data but encourages transparency.

    Collaboration among major animal welfare organizations aims to standardize and share shelter and rescue statistics

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    Animal welfare organizations have long attempted to get a grasp on national shelter and rescue statistics, but the task proved too large for one organization alone.

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    The cats in the hats

    Adoptable felines boost New York City’s reputation as a fashion mecca

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    Adoptable cats in Brooklyn are making a fashion statement—modeling colorful bonnets in styles ranging from the whimsical to the avant-garde.

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    Herding cat stats

    A free online database helps trap-neuter-return programs track community cat colonies, as well as caretaker details and other information.

    Free online software helps TNR programs track colony data and more

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    Do you know where your community cats are?

    That was the inspiration behind the customized database system Neighborhood Cats developed in 2007, which is designed to make caretakers and volunteer trappers part of the data-entry effort.

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    Public policy matters

    On the steps of the state capitol, Michigan activists lobby for state laws that would crack down on puppy mills.

    Reaping the real-life payoffs of policy work

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    We get it: You’re insanely busy. The daily grind of caring for animals, counseling adopters, meeting with staff and volunteers, and raising money doesn’t leave a lot of extra time for you to step back and look at the big picture.

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    Disappearing act

    USDA removes vital information for combating puppy mills and other abusive industries

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    At 11 a.m. on Feb. 3, Amanda Gossom of The HSUS’s puppy mills campaign was doing a routine part of her job, researching online inspection records for USDA-licensed dog breeders, when suddenly she hit a wall.

    She’d typed in the next breeder’s name and clicked search, expecting the usual information. Instead, she got an error message.

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    Who runs the (animal welfare) world? Girls.

    Laura Maloney

    But what does that mean for our field?

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    We chatted with Maloney and McFarland for this edited Q&A as a preview of their workshop at Animal Care Expo 2017.

    The animal welfare world is predominantly female. Why do you think that is? How does that impact our work?

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    Georgia rescue’s Kitty Kommercial goes viral

    Furkids hits the jackpot with low-budget video

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    Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters in Atlanta marks its 15th anniversary in 2017—so in 2016, staffers preemptively dubbed it “BEST YEAR EVER” on the shelter’s website. That positive, tongue-in-cheek approach to sheltering paid off when Furkids’ equally cheery online commercial went viral at the start of—you guessed it—its best year ever.

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    Saving our soldiers’ pets

    Melanie (last name withheld) and Majnoon share a special bond.

    ‘No Buddy Left Behind’ program preserves bond between soldiers and strays

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    No man or woman left behind—but what about our service men and women’s overseas pets? Members of the military often bond with stray dogs and cats in the Middle East, says Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue (GOR), a New York-based nonprofit. “It makes them feel at home,” he says. “It makes them feel normal, [like] they’re not in a war zone.”

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    A picture perfect paw-liday

    Howling with delight to meet Santa? Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., holds six “Holiday Photos With Your Pet” events in December.

    An annual tradition at many shelters, pet photos with Santa can be a memorable way to raise funds

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    Three greyhounds, two hairless cats, a turtle, a guinea pig … and a partridge in a pear tree? Santa’s white-gloved hands are full posing for pics across the country with everyone’s furry—or not-so-furry—family members. Shelters as far apart as Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee, Motley Zoo in Redmond, Washington, and Utah Humane Society in Murray offer locals and their pets face time with the big guy, often in return for a donation.

    Finding the right Santa—a volunteer who loves animals, people and posing for many, many photos—is crucial to the tradition.

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    More than words

    Pictured here with Bella, Tracie Pfeifle says most deaf dogs are white and often have blue eyes.

    Nebraska shelter offers deaf dogs a way to learn

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    “Who needs the most help being adopted?” That was one of Tracie Pfeifle’s first questions when she started volunteering at the Central Nebraska Humane Society (CNHS) in Grand Island three years ago. The answer was Rosie, a deaf boxer mix who was so fearful that she would flatten to the ground if her leash brushed her back.

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    A crisis for people is a crisis for pets

    Flint failure creates uncertainty for animals and their owners

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    Even after it became public knowledge that some local water samples met the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for “toxic waste” in 2015, the people of Flint, Mich., were told that bathing was perfectly safe.

    It was advice that would cause most people to raise a skeptical eyebrow, and most people haven’t been through what Flint residents have faced: months of official reassurances about their water’s safety that turned out to be false.

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