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  • Magazine Article

    Fraidy cats need love, too!

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine March/April 2014

    Download this Mouthpiece to let your community know how they can help community cats

    March/April 2014

    Are those outdoor cats lost, stray or simply pets with outdoor access? Maybe, but they could also be community cats. Download this Mouthpiece to let your community know how to tell the difference and how to help.

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  • Magazine Article

    Time, space, and the single cat

    When cats who are accustomed to flying solo find themselves dealing with new companions, owners should count on providing the time and space their pets need to make the adjustment.

    How to help adopters choose and introduce feline companions for their lone cat

    March/April 2014

    He’s always been a single cat.

    He’s got the run of the house. One food bowl, one water dish—all his. No competition for lap time. No squabbles at the litter box or the scratch pad.

    But his owners start to worry: “We both work such long hours. Mittens must get lonely.”

    Mittens, of course, cannot offer his opinion on this matter. And one day they come home from the shelter—whoa! What’s this? A new creature who looks a lot like him, right here, right now, in his face. Smelling funny! Invading his territory! Taking valuable resources!

    Grrr!

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  • Magazine Article

    Reconcilable differences

    Changes in litter box behavior are a common indicator of cat distress. Shelters and rescues can help owners solve problems before the bond is threatened.

    Using behavior counseling to keep cats in their homes

    March/April 2014

    What if you were told that one person has the power to stop dozens—maybe even hundreds—of cats from entering your shelter or rescue each year? Too good to be true, right?

    Wrong. The HSUS pet retention program Pet Help Partners (PHP) has had significant success in New York City keeping cats with families who had considered relinquishment due to behavior issues.

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  • Magazine Article

    Success on a Rio Grande scale

    More and more shelters are taking a "return-to-field" approach with community cats.

    Reducing cat overpopulation and euthanasia in Albuquerque

    March/April 2014

    Though two local groups had long practiced trap-neuter-return (TNR), and had significant success in reducing feral cat populations in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2010, the city animal welfare department’s two shelters still euthanized 53 percent of the cats they took in. That included 100 percent of admitted feral cats.

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  • Magazine Article

    The challenge of a rural TNR project

    Connecticut advocate finds an uphill slog

    November/December 2013

    Advocates who want to help rural cats often face a lack of resources, as well as resistance to new approaches. Laura Jordan had her work cut out for her in convincing a Connecticut community to participate in her effort to spay and neuter feral cats, having to overcome suspicion of her motives, educate property owners, and show that her methods made sense.

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  • Magazine Article

    The wonder down under

    Animal Welfare League of Queensland volunteer Nari takes a shelter dog out for some exercise and enrichment. Using Getting 2 Zero strategies it developed in the Gold Coast, the shelter reduced its euthanasia rate to 9 percent for dogs and 24.9 percent for cats in 2009-’10.

    Communities across Australia embrace progressive shelter's model to reduce euthanasia

    November/December 2013

    Australia's animal shelters face many of the same companion animal issues as their North American counterparts. The Animal Welfare League of Queensland found itself in a unique position to tackle the challenges of an entire city, creating a comprehensive model to build a broad coalition of stakeholders--and spread awareness of the problems throughout the community. With a successful track record in its own backyard, the shelter has set out to share its "Getting 2 Zero" model across the nation.

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  • Magazine Article

    A giant heart in the meadowlands

    Firefighter cares for felines at New Jersey sports complex

    November/December 2013

    Firefighter cares for felines at New Jersey sports complex.

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  • Magazine Article

    A fresh start for cats

    The Fresh Start program at the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota gives house soiling cuties like 4-year-old Kitty a second chance at finding a home.

    Adopting cats with litter box issues

    September/October 2013

    The Fresh Start program at the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota gives friendly, healthy cats who struggle with litter box issues a second chance at finding a home.

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  • Magazine Article

    Beyond the dumpster

    Trap-neuter-return (TNR) advocate Toby Franks rocks it with some adoptable kitties in a colony room at One of a Kind Pet Rescue in Akron, Ohio, where he has been taking feral cats to be TNR’d since 2007.

    Chance encounter with feral cats turns Ohio man into TNR advocate

    September/October 2013

    Touched by the sight of two young feral cats playing near a dumpster, an Ohio man becomes a TNR advocate.

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  • Magazine Article

    Carrie on

    Carrie Ann Inaba hosts The HSUS’s Genesis Awards Benefit Gala in March in Beverly Hills, Calif. “I’m in a really good place in my life, and I think a lot of it was from making the commitment to my animal work,” she says.

    Dancing with the Stars judge steps up for shelter animals

    September/October 2013

    A stray, black-and-white kitty who wandered through the door to Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba's L.A. home changed the trajectory of her life forever, awakening a deep sense of calling to help animals.

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  • Magazine Article

    Putting it into practice

    Intake and euthanasia rates are down at San Jose’s shelter, thanks to a program that provides spay/neuter surgeries for outdoor cats before returning them to the community.

    A new way in San Jose helps cut cat intake, euthanasia

    September/October 2013

    See how the city shelter in San Jose, CA embraced shelter-neuter-return and saw cat intake drop by 25 percent and euthanasia drop by 65%.

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  • Magazine Article

    For community cats, a change is gonna come

    A former ACO turned shelter veterinarian has a startling message: When it comes to stray cats, we’ve been doing it wrong

    September/October 2013

    Veterinarian Kate Hurley knows the staggering toll of the euthanasia of healthy cats in shelters. It's evidence, she argues, that the current sheltering model isn't working for cats, and needs to be changed. Picking up and euthanizing healthy feral and unowned cats doesn’t protect them, other pets, wildlife, or human health, nor does it help control feline overpopulation. But what should we be doing instead? Some shelters are starting to work on new approaches.

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  • Magazine Article

    Keeping golden years golden

    Recognizing and responding to the unique needs of senior shelter cats

    September/October 2013

    Old age ain't for sissies—it's a tough stage of life for any pet, especially senior kitties who enter shelters with diminished physical or mental capacities. Shelter staff need to learn to recognize the signs of aging, how to assess an older cat's condition, the implications the aging process has for their health care, how to house them comfortably, and ideally, ways to find them new homes.

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  • Magazine Article

    Getting bigger all the time

    Making space for Colorado kitties

    July/August 2013

    More spacious and thoughtfully designed cat kennels lead to a happier and more relaxed feline population at the Dumb Friends League in Denver.

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  • Magazine Article

    I can see clearly now

    Blind kitten videos go viral, changing the way many people view special-needs cats

    July/August 2013

    When videos of a blind kitten named Oskar went viral, they changed the way many people view special-needs cats.

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  • Magazine Article

    The power of purr

    Foster cat Amaryllis snuggles up to Monroe Correctional Complex inmate Gary Grant during a party celebrating the 500th cat to go through the fostering program that prisoners run in conjunction with Purrfect Pals cat sanctuary.

    Improving lives with prison-based cat fostering programs

    July/August 2013

    It's a powerful (and incongruous) image: Tough, gruff prison inmates cuddling and caring for kittens. But that's what's happening in some correctional facilities, where cat rescues have cooperated with institution staff to create foster programs in which felines get loving care till they're ready for adoption. It's not only helping the kitties—it's working wonders for inmates, too

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  • Magazine Article

    Bringing cat and bird advocates to the table

    A scientific conference promotes understanding between two passionate groups of animal lovers

    May/June 2013

    A scientific conference promotes understanding between cat supporters and wildlife advocates, and addresses the challenges of resolving conflicts involving cats, wildlife, and people.

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  • Magazine Article

    Feral cats meet their waterloo - in a good way

    Debbie Gulyas, founder of the Waterloo Area Cat Project, feeds and loves up a kitty in the Waterloo Road district of Cleveland, where she has focused her TNR efforts.

    A Cleveland business district sees the benefits of TNR

    March/April 2013

    Recognizing that managing the population of feral cats that roamed a burgeoning arts and retail district in Cleveland would benefit both the cats and the community, a local business owner becomes a local TNR advocate and leader.

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  • Magazine Article

    A nursery for mew babies

    Kittens get the special care they need in order to thrive at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s Paws Nursery.

    Saving the most at-risk treatable population

    March/April 2013

    Orphaned kittens get the special care they need in order to thrive at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s Paws Nursery.

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  • Magazine Article

    Your kitten, should you choose to accept It

    January/February 2013

    In October, Asheville Humane Society staff realized they were facing the proverbial "feline cliff": 105 cats and kittens who had been in foster care over the course of kitten season were about to come back for adoption. But the North Carolina shelter already had 75 cats and kittens in the facility.

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  • Magazine Article

    Ellen and Robbie

    Wanda Johnson, animal care coordinator at Devereaux Massachusetts, a residential school for troubled youth, corrals boxer-mix Ellen and shepherd-mix Robbie for a short break from playtime.

    CASE HISTORY: Rescued with 226 other dogs and cats from an Alabama hoarding case

    January/February 2013

    No one knew how long Ellen and Robbie had been living on the 22-acre property in rural Alabama—Ellen alone in a beehive of pens holding dozens of other sick dogs, and Robbie chained to a tree. When HSUS responders arrived to assist the Houston County Sheriff’s Department on that late February day in 2011, the scene was chaotic: people squatting on the property in dilapidated campers; a hodgepodge of animal enclosures constructed from old fencing, plywood, and other rickety materials; and heaps of trash scattered everywhere.

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  • Magazine Article

    Hanging out

    Providing hammocks for shelter cats

    January/February 2013

    Megan Webb, director of Oakland Animal Services in California, liked seeing cats resting on towels in their cages, but she didn’t like how often the towels slid off the cage shelves and got dragged into litter boxes and food and water bowls, forcing staff to toss them in the wash more than they wanted to. Keeping the cats’ scents on their towels is comforting to them, but displaying litter-crusted towels was unappealing. There had to be a better way. In 2006, Webb thought of hammocks—and in spite of some naysayers who argued the cats wouldn’t use them, she thought it was worth a try.

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  • Magazine Article

    Junk in the trunk

    Help your fat cat dump his spare tire

    January/February 2013

    Otto has been on a long journey, and he’s lost some baggage along the way. That’s not something most travelers would celebrate, but for Otto (short for Ottoman), it’s meant the difference between life as a furry footstool and life as a cat.

    The white-and-black shorthair, now 11, tipped the scales at 34 pounds when his owner brought him to New Jersey’s Clementon Animal Hospital in January 2011. “We just stared at him,” says veterinarian Sachina Lyons-Brown. “… It was so weird to see a cat his size.”

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  • Magazine Article

    Returning healthy feral cats

    Caregivers and medical personnel should be aware of the best practices for the process of neutering and vaccinating free-roaming cats.

    Tips for veterinary care during trap-neuter-return

    January/February 2013

    Communities around the country are increasingly using TNR as the preferred method of cat control. Here, we examine the best medical practices for TNR, starting from the moment of capture through the time of release. Some of these steps will likely be performed by trappers and caregivers, others by the veterinarians performing the examinations, vaccinations, and surgeries.

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