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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Better with age

    Finding homes for adult and senior cats

    November/December 2012

    Older cats in a shelter aren’t as easy a sell as the adorable young furballs. Fortunately, a good number of people are interested in adopting more mature felines, and some shelters have devised creative ways to promote adoptions of these sassy seniors—from discounted fees and free medical exams to posters extolling their many charms and housing that helps display their more seasoned personalities.

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    Getting black (and mostly black) cats adopted

    Looking to improve your luck in adopting out black cats? Consider an adoption event with a creative theme.

    September/October 2012

    Looking to improve your luck in adopting out black cats? Try these creatively-themed events, cat-chy strategies, and reduced adoption fees to get your delightfully dark kitties noticed!

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    Going the distance for cats

    There’s plenty of room for resident cats to stretch in an outdoor play yard at Catnip Acres, where they’re cared for by two part-time staff.

    Catnip Acres serves as a way station—and a spay station—for homeless kitties

    September/October 2012

    Catnip Acres serves as a way station—and a spay station—for homeless kitties in Pennsylvania. The group has spayed and neutered over 4,000 cats since opening an on-site surgical suite in 2010.

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    Kitties, lindy hopping, and bathtub gin

    Participants in The Great Catsby fundraiser organized by Lollypop Farm turn out in Roaring Twenties attire for an evening of live music, hand-rolled cigars, and themed cocktails that would have impressed that old sport Gatsby himself.

    At this Jazz Age-themed event, hepcats raised funds for real cats

    September/October 2012

    In May, Lollypop Farm in Rochester, NY hosted The Great Catsby, a Jazz Age-themed fundraiser that enabled hepcats to raise $40,000 to help the shelter’s real cats (and dogs and rabbits and horses).

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    Help your queen of the jungle discover the great indoors

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine September/October 2012

    Download this Mouthpiece to encourage your community to keep their cats indoors

    September/October 2012

    There are many dangers for cats outdoors. Download this Mouthpiece to help encourage your community to keep their cats safe and indoors.

    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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  • Magazine Article

    Talking TNR

    ACO Larry Valiz shows off a trapped feral cat who’s going to the veterinarian to local youngster Audrey Thibodeaux.

    Promoting a better approach to feral cats to your local officials

    July/August 2012

    More communities are considering implementing trap-neuter-return programs, but local governments don’t always embrace them right away. TNR advocates can make their case by knowing the laws, understanding animal control’s role, and accentuating the benefits.

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    Cats are from Mars?

    In My Cat from Hell’s premiere episode, Jackson Galaxy helped Matt make peace with fiancée Amanda’s cats.

    TV star and kitty sage helps the planets align for peaceful feline-human relations

    July/August 2012

    Jackson Galaxy set out to be a musician, but wound up a cat behavior guru and the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell. The patron saint of conflicted cats discusses his career and shares his insights into the workings of the feline mind.

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    Out of the trash can, into the clinic

    Claudia is one of more than 2,250 cats Kandi Habeb’s feral cat group has helped so far, offering services from trap loans and caretaker education to spay/neuter.

    One dumpster-diving cat inspired Kandi Habeb to help thousands

    March/April 2012

    Inspired in 2004 by a dumpster-diving kitty, Kandi Habeb founded West Virginia’s first full-service trap-neuter-return program and has since helped well over 2,000 cats.

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    Saving an Erie number of cats

    A coalition in New York goes the distance for felines

    March/April 2012

    Despite being located in one of the nation’s poorer regions, animal welfare organizations in Erie County, N. Y., have managed for the last several years to avoid euthanizing any healthy, adoptable felines. How are they doing it?

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    A gentle kind of cat care

    Cats are invariably stressed out when they enter a shelter because they can’t escape or hide, and don’t know what’s going to happen next. Gentling techniques can help ease their anxiety, which improves their physical health as well.

    Reducing anxiety, frustration, and URI in shelter cats

    March/April 2012

    Researcher Nadine Gourkow developed a unique scale to assess emotional states in shelter cats and confirmed that mental stimulation and gentling techniques both improve cats’ emotional well-being and reduce the incidence of URI.

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    Hey you, get off of my cloud!

    After a little hissing and paw-batting, Lacey and Finnegan have settled into a peaceful friendship—thanks to the smart introduction owner Lisa Provost provided.

    Keeping the peace in a multi-cat household

    January/February 2012

    When cat owners want to add a new furball to their home menagerie, who should they be searching for? How can they make introductions go smoothly? Experts offer advice for keeping the peace in a multi-cat household.

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