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    Spot-cleaning cat cages

    If you have a particularly shy kitty, it’s helpful to provide her with a nice hiding space where she can retreat while you tidy up.

    These days, beating germs doesn’t always mean a bleach bath

    If you’ve ever had a pleasant dinner party interrupted by a cat who wanders in, plunks himself down, and begins performing the most intimate cleaning in full view of the table—feet lifted well beyond his head in a kind of obscene yoga, licking with the kind of focused attention usually reserved for advanced calculus—you know: The ways in which kitties clean can make us humans uncomfortable.

    Turns out, the feeling is mutual.

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    A word from us

    Amanda Arrington meets a new friend in the YK Delta region of Alaska, where Pets for Life supports work to increase access to pet resources in remote villages.

    Summer 2019

    In my team's work on Pets for Life—our initiative that does door-to-door outreach in underserved communities, offering free pet care resources, services and information—one of the most common questions we get is how to fundraise for and sustain support for such programming. Beyond building the organization’s basic fundraising skills, it’s important for everyone involved to understand how companion animal welfare is connected to larger systemic and institutional challenges for people and their pets—issues like poverty, segregation, housing insecurity and resource inequity.

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    Making a change for the better

    All nine available dogs from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay were adopted in the first two hours of Super Pet’s grand reopening event in February.

    Pet store program helps boost adoptions and fight puppy mills

    Summer 2019

    “Whether the economy is good or bad,” says Randy Housley, the general manager of Polly’s Pet Shop in Universal City, Texas, “people seem to want puppies.” And San Antonio Animal Care Services draws from such a wide area that his store is rarely without them.

    Since August 2013, the shelter has been the store’s sole source for puppies. In fact, the store now adopts out about 150 puppies a year, more than it used to sell.

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    Betting on better behavior

    Melo represents the group at Camp Bow Wow’s Give a Fetch event.

    Las Vegas nonprofit crowdfunds training and therapy for shelter dogs

    Summer 2019

    There may be no sure bets in Las Vegas, but local shelter dogs are seeing their chances of adoption increase, thanks to a program that raises money from the public to get them trained.

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    Handle with care

    Compassion fatigue expert offers advice for animal welfare workers

    Summer 2019

    When Jennifer Blough first felt compassion fatigue, she had never heard the term. She was a lifelong animal advocate—she became a vegetarian at a young age, followed her grandmother to animal rights protests and got a job as an animal control officer—but she had never heard anyone mention the issue. So when she burned out from her job in 2012, she had no idea what was wrong with her.

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    Bloody brilliant fundraising

    Donors wait to give blood.

    A partnership between a California shelter and blood donation center saves lives

    Summer 2019

    In January, an unusual partnership between Humane Society Silicon Valley and Stanford Blood Center in California was lifesaving in more ways than one. For each person who donated blood throughout the month, the blood center contributed funds to the shelter.

    Overall, 3,395 people donated blood over 31 days, raising $6,790 for HSSV, which will go toward funding pet vaccinations and medical costs. The campaign included an on-site blood drive at the humane society led by blood center staff and volunteers.

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    A rose for Colton

    The ladies of Front Street Animal Shelter vie for handsome Colton’s affections.

    Sacramento shelter combines 'The Bachelor' parody with adoption promotion

    Summer 2019

    The catfight starts in the dog yard at Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California. Four women in high heels and bodycon dresses vie for the affections of Colton, a handsome hunk of a dog. As the competition escalates, there are tearful recriminations, backstabbing asides to the camera and an ugly confrontation over a leash.

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    Answering the calls of the wild

    Chief animal control officer Jennifer Toussaint checks the condition of a baby fox.

    Fox in the yard? Bat in the bedroom? Injured bird in the road? No call is too small for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington

    Summer 2019

    In suburban Northern Virginia, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s service calls are an even split between domestic and wild animals. Pledged to resolve all human-animal conflicts safely and humanely, AWLA staff find daily ways to promote peaceful coexistence among all the region’s creatures.

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    This 'little' piggy

    Many pig owners buy minipigs and are less-than-enthused when they suddenly have to carry a pig the size of an adult human up and down the stairs.

    They don’t actually exist, but that doesn’t stop “mini” pigs from showing up at shelters

    Summer 2019

    Deceptive breeders, naive buyers and the pet pig fad among celebrities—pop princesses and famous athletes, we’re looking at you—are causing shelters’ and sanctuaries’ porcine populations to skyrocket. Here’s how to care for smart, strong-willed pigs in a shelter environment and help wannabe pig parents make smart decisions.

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    Many happy returns

    For most healthy impounded stray cats, sterilizing, vaccinating, ear-tipping and returning them to where they were found is the best tactic.

    New manual will help guide your return-to-field program

    Summer 2019

    No single approach can solve all your community cat challenges, but return-to-field is often the place to start. A new handbook serves as a guide to providing positive outcomes for healthy outdoor cats.

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    The light at the end of the rabbit hole

    To survive the topsy-turvy world of animal rescue, you need a mission, a guide and a plan

    Summer 2019

    Alice’s tribulations in Wonderland have nothing on the stresses faced by rescue groups. But with a well-defined mission and a reasonable scope of work, you and your team will go from mad as hatters to smiling like Cheshire cats.

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    Out of the shelter, into the field

    Medical personnel from FOUR PAWS International place a jugular catheter in an abandoned calf in Indonesia.

    Applying best practices to help animals in limited-resource environments

    Summer 2019

    Providing veterinary care in underresourced overseas locations is a daunting challenge—particularly after a natural disaster strikes. A new field guide helps practitioners provide humane treatment despite less-than-ideal facilities, equipment and medications.

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    An overnight success

    Maui Humane Society’s Spring Fling Slumber Party had community members, staffers and volunteers sleeping, singing and performing challenges in the kennels with the dogs.

    Shelter slumber party tugs heartstrings, raises funds

    Summer 2019

    On Maui, a shelter slumber party turns zzz’s into dollars.

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    Don't cat-nap the kittens!

    Summer 2019

    Download this Shareworthy to educate the public on how to approach newborn kittens.

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    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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    Moving in the right direction

    Kate Schrader with the Humane Society of the United States assists with the transport of around 120 dogs and cats who flew from shelters in Texas and Oklahoma to Virginia.

    Best practices guidelines offer efficient, effective methods for transport program success

    Web Exclusives

    Anyone who’s ever tried to drive an uncooperative dog or cat to the vet knows how challenging companion animal transport can be. Naturally, the challenges (and dangers) increase when you’re transporting multiple animals over long distances.

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    Dying without a sound

    HSUS investigation reveals dead rabbits in the freezer at Petland

    Web Exclusives

    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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