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  • President's Note

    A word from us

    Lindsay Hamrick gets a greeting from a puppy rescued from an unlicensed breeder in New Hampshire.

    I came to the Humane Society of the United States in 2014 after a decade (more if you count those years I spent as a kid sitting in cat rooms and walking dogs way too big for me) overseeing operations at animal shelters. I wouldn’t say I was particularly excited about or motivated to fit policy into my daily workload of caring for homeless pets—until I worked for an animal shelter that was located in a city with breed-specific legislation, flawed policies that ban certain types of dogs based on their physical appearance.

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  • Back to Basics

    All about that (data)base

    How to refine or replace your donor tracking system without getting lost in the data

    Does your donor data tracking system no longer meet your needs, but the idea of finding and transitioning to a replacement is driving you buggy? Check out our guide to navigating the maze of database options.

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  • Life Preservers

    No place like rehome

    Marin Humane’s No Place Like Home program helps pets move directly from one home to another.

    With web-based private rehoming programs, pets can skip the shelter

    We’re not auditioning to play Captain Obvious, but one way to reduce your intake is to help pets skip the shelter altogether. Two California shelters are finding success by promoting web-based, owner-to-owner rehoming.

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  • The Human Element

    So your co-worker is the worst

    How to work with 'difficult' people in emotionally charged environments

    We’re all adults here, so our days of squabbling and frenemies should be over, right? Yet all too often when emotions are running high, workplaces can devolve into the emotional equivalent of schoolyard brawls. Here’s how to work with your “worst” co-workers so everyone wins.

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  • Unforgettable

    Ziggy bounces back

    Despite two major surgeries, Ziggy projects a positive personality.

    Rescued by a Massachusetts shelter, senior dog gets a chance to shine

    No leg? No problem for Ziggy.

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  • Mouthpieces

    My shelter pets are my biggest fans

    Download this Shareworthy to promote adoptions in your community

    Download this Shareworthy to promote adoptions within your community.

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  • Magazine Article

    By the playbook

    Veterinarian compiles best practices for shelters

    Fall 2019

    When she started writing shelter assessments for the nonprofit Target Zero in 2013, Sara Pizano thought, “Everybody’s different, so I’m going to have to go in and come up with a new plan for every single shelter.”

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  • Magazine Article

    New tricks for old dogs

    Adoption center spreads love for 'grown-ass adults'

    Fall 2019

    In 2017, Sarah Javier set out to solve a problem that vexes shelters everywhere: How can you help senior dogs get adopted faster?

    Javier, the president and executive director of the Animal Protective Association of Missouri, took the question to her board of directors’ marketing committee. Their response? Don’t call the dogs “senior.” Call them grown-ass adults.

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  • Magazine Article

    How far can fostering go?

    A new vision for sheltering is trending—and being tested—around the country

    Fall 2019

    Recognizing that most animals do best in a home environment, shelters are testing the limits of high-volume foster care programs and teaching other shelters to ramp up their efforts to get more animals into foster homes. Could the future of sheltering be all around us?

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  • Magazine Article

    All about that (data)base

    How to refine or replace your donor tracking system without getting lost in the data

    Fall 2019

    Does your donor data tracking system no longer meet your needs, but the idea of finding and transitioning to a replacement is driving you buggy? Check out our guide to navigating the maze of database options.

    Read More

  • Magazine Article

    Nurturing the roots of TNR

    With a small investment, shelters can empower everyday people to tackle the community cat challenge

    Fall 2019

    If your shelter doesn’t have a trap-neuter-return program, you may think you have little to offer the people who call about unowned cats in their backyards and neighborhoods. But there are many ways shelters can facilitate today’s TNR and plant the seeds of tomorrow’s high-impact programs without spending a dime.

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  • Magazine Article

    No place like rehome

    With web-based private rehoming programs, pets can skip the shelter

    Fall 2019

    We’re not auditioning to play Captain Obvious, but one way to reduce your intake is to help pets skip the shelter altogether. Two California shelters are finding success by promoting web-based, owner-to-owner rehoming.

    Read More