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    Dying without a sound

    HSUS investigation reveals dead rabbits in the freezer at Petland

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    A day after the HSUS released the results of its undercover investigation and two days after police searched the premises, Petland announced that it was cutting ties with the franchise store in Fairfax, Virginia, and removed its company name from the building. Acting on a tip from the HSUS, Fairfax police searched the store with a warrant on April 1 and found 31 dead rabbits and one dead dog in the freezer. They are investigating.

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    A word from us

    Seized in a 2009 dogfighting raid, Plum is Anne Sterling’s constant companion and a reminder of the lifesaving power of teamwork.

    Spring 2019

    In August 2009, the Humane Society of the United States and its in-state shelter partners assisted the Indiana Gaming Commission with the largest dogfighting raid in the state’s history. Law enforcement agents seized 109 dogs from three separate properties, one of which, in a remote wooded area, held over 80 dogs. Their owner had been breeding dogs for fighting since the late 1970s and lived several hours away; he apparently came to the property twice a week to give the dogs food and water.

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    Up for the count

    There are 61 square miles of land to the District of Columbia—and an unknown number of outdoor cats.

    Collaborative project aims to revolutionize the way communities count and care for cats

    Spring 2019

    As the first morning visitors to the National Zoo stroll through the entrance, two field technicians with backpacks head in the opposite direction, over Rock Creek, across a parkway carrying commuters into downtown Washington, D.C., and up a steep, muddy hillside.

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    Where foster and hospice care meet

    Fospice programs allow sick or elderly animals to live out their final days with comfort and dignity in a loving home.

    Fospice programs help elderly, ill pets spend their final days surrounded by home comforts

    Spring 2019

    Christopher Frey's wife Liesl loved cats and often talked about her childhood pet, an all-black feline named Midnight. And so when Liesl, 44, was hospitalized with stage IV cancer last summer, Frey contacted the San Francisco SPCA to see if a volunteer could bring a cat to visit.

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    Her cup of tea

    Artist promotes adoptions with portraits on tea bags

    Spring 2019

    How does she do it? And are those really tea bags?

    Those are among the typical first reactions to Didi Arias’ miniature paintings of shelter animals.

    The answers? Yes, they are actual tea bags, dried and emptied. And to work on such a tiny canvas, Arias makes sure she has good light, uses small paintbrushes and, of course, wears her glasses, filling in the details with ink pens.

    But Arias hopes her paintings inspire more than mere curiosity: She’d like her viewers to take to heart her message about the importance of shelter adoption.

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    Classic programming, then and now

    'Pets on Parade' has delighted and informed generations of Arizonians.

    Arizona’s longest-running local TV show turns 60

    Spring 2019

    If Pets on Parade were a person, it might be thinking about retirement. But luckily for the homeless pets served by the Arizona Humane Society, the state’s longest- running local television show isn’t even slowing down.

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    Clinics in overdrive

    Pet owners check in and pay at a series of booths before rolling on to vaccination tents.

    Louisiana shelter puts vaccinations in top gear with drive-through clinics

    Spring 2019

    Here's the scene at a typical community rabies clinic: Pet owners lined up on a sidewalk, dogs barking and pulling on their leashes, cats petrified in their carriers. The animals get their vaccines—and the community gets a valuable public service that helps keep a virus at bay. But for many, the whole thing can feel chaotic, slow-moving and stressful.

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    Hospitality with a wag

    Front desk agent Janey Ladd adopted Marshall, Element Hotel’s first foster dog.

    At an Iowa hotel, you can check out anytime you like, but you may leave with a new best friend

    Spring 2019

    Element Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa, prides itself on its relaxing vibe, open-flow guest rooms, sustainability initiatives and, perhaps most of all, its ability to find homes for shelter pups in record time.

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    Smart moves for winning grants

    Foundation funding can take your programs from good to great, but it takes more than a big idea to walk away with the cash

    Spring 2019

    The money is out there, but the competition is fierce. While there are plenty of foundations making grants available to animal welfare groups, you need more than good intentions (or dumb luck) to tap into this funding source.

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    Helping hands across the island

    More than two dozen organizations are working together to provide free spay/neuter services and vaccinations to thousands of pets in Puerto Rico.

    In a huge collaborative effort, an HSUS-led coalition brings veterinary services to the pets of Puerto Rico

    Spring 2019

    The pet owners of Puerto Rico have welcomed Spayathon™ with open arms, arriving early and waiting for hours to get their animals sterilized and vaccinated. The unprecedented initiative, spearheaded by the Humane Society of the United States, has serviced thousands of pets and produced nearly as many heartwarming stories.

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    Baby got fat

    Staffers at the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., were stunned by “sweet, mellow” Symba’s 35-pound girth, noting that he was “bigger than a lion cub.”

    How shelters and rescues can treat and talk about obese pets

    Spring 2019

    As a million YouTube videos can attest, everyone loves tubby tabbies and pudgy pooches. But the flip side is that pet obesity poses serious health issues. Animal experts weigh in on how shelters can transform dogs and cats from fat to fit.

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    Romping grounds

    Through playgroup programs, shelters are giving dogs a vital mental and physical break from kennel life.

    Doggy playgroups have a transformative effect on Ohio shelter

    Spring 2019

    As any trainer will tell you, a tired dog is a good dog. Through daily playgroups, an Ohio shelter is ensuring that there are lots of tired, good dogs for adopters to meet—and experiencing other benefits shelter staff never imagined.

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    Protecting the protectors

    Carol Misseldine of the Humane Society of the United States helps staff an emergency shelter for animals displaced by the 2018 wildfires in California.

    Safety protocols for rescues are critical—for both people and animals

    Spring 2019

    Responders tasked with saving animals from disasters and major cruelty cases make the animals their focus. But who’s protecting the protectors? Proper planning and training can improve the well-being of humans and animals alike.

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    Her days in court

    Lilly Mae helps make court appearances less stressful for children in foster care.

    Rescue dog comforts children at foster care hearings

    Spring 2019

    Rescue dog Lilly Mae comforts Oregon children during their court appearances.

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  • Magazine Article

    First, do no harm

    Download this Shareworthy to raise awareness of the correct ways to help baby wildlife

    Spring 2019

    Download this Shareworthy to raise awareness of the correct ways to help baby wildlife.

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    Everyone’s a winner

    Bobby Mann and Ryan Hinderman jumped for joy when they learned that Front Street Animal Shelter had won the 2018 Innovation Showdown.

    Innovation Showdown champions roll out lost pets program in Sacramento

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    At Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California, staffers save close to 90 percent of the nearly 11,000 animals they see each year, a 70-percent increase from 2012. The vast improvement is credited to new staff positions, lifesaving new policies and out-of-the-box marketing and social media efforts. (The shelter recently spoofed TV show “The Bachelor” in an adoption promotion video featuring four adopters vying for one dog.)

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    We love volunteers

    Download this Shareworthy to encourage people to volunteer their time and talents to your lifesaving work

    Fall 2018

    Download this Shareworthy to encourage people to volunteer their time and talents to your lifesaving work.

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    An affinity for animals

    In A Dog’s Way Home, Bella (played by Shelby) gets her voice from Bryce Dallas Howard. Shelby and several other dogs in the film are adopted pets.

    Star and producer of A Dog’s Way Home talk pit bull-type dogs, plant-based diets and—surprise!—goats

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    Based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Way Home hits theaters Jan. 11. At its center is a pit bull-type dog named Bella, whose bond with her owner compels her to travel 400 miles to reunite with him. In these edited interviews, actress Bryce Dallas Howard, who voices Bella, and seven-time Emmy-nominated producer Gavin Polone chat with senior editor Bethany Wynn Adams. (Spoiler alert: They love animals.)

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    Tails on the trails

    Nonprofit Free Animal Doctor and Airbnb offer excursions with rescue dogs

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    On the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains in California, Runyon Canyon Park is known for its rugged trails, celebrity sightings, and impressive views of the Los Angeles basin, the iconic Hollywood sign and, on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean.

    Among locals, the park has also long been known as a great place to take dogs, with several designated off-leash areas. But until recently, the dog-friendly policies weren’t much of a draw for tourists.

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    You can save a life

    Download this Shareworthy to urge action on behalf of dogs who need protection from the cold

    Winter 2018

    Download this Shareworthy to urge action on behalf of dogs who need protection from the cold.

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    A word from us

    Kimberley Alboum meets a new friend during a visit to Rockingham County Animal Shelter in North Carolina.

    Winter 2018

    It's hard to believe that 2018 is already coming to a close. What an incredible year it has been for shelter pets and those who care for them. I hope that you can all take a moment this holiday season to look back on your amazing accomplishments.

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    One fine day

    A dog and owner wait their turn at a 2012 clinic in Chicago.

    World Spay Day hits quarter-century mark

    Winter 2018

    Spay Day celebrates a quarter century of litter prevention.

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    Pointing the way with a pyramid

    Inspired by diagrams for healthy diets, the community cat pyramid encourages a holistic approach to cat management and a strategic use of resources.

    How cat advocates can allocate time and other resources for the biggest impact

    Winter 2018

    Community cat advocates tap the power of a pyramid.

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    Love on a lease

    A New Jersey shelter lets visitors (including reporter Bill Duhart, pictured) take shelter dogs on short-term outings.

    Shelter’s rent-a-dog program enriches lives

    Winter 2018

    A New Jersey shelter makes dogs available for short-term rentals.

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