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  • Magazine Article

    So you want to work in animal welfare

    How to prepare for the career you never knew existed

    What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, doctor, veterinarian or firefighter? Or maybe an actor, writer, athlete, hair stylist or wedding planner?

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  • Blog Post

    Animal-friendly menu policies: It’s a thing!

    Making your events more inclusive for all animals

    How many of us have stopped traffic to help a turtle safely cross the road, or spent hours tracking a stray cat or dog to make sure they were brought to a safe place? If you’ve ever carried an abandoned duckling to the nearest pond in the hopes of reuniting them with their mom, or made a quick U-turn after spotting a young rooster wandering the shoulder of the highway, you just might be an animal advocate.

    If you’re here, you probably knew that already!

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  • Magazine Article

    Mother knows best

    Shelters spread a lifesaving message about underage kittens

    Susan Spaulding was living in Texas and volunteering at the Hill Country Animal League’s thrift store when someone brought in a box of 13 unweaned kittens. After learning that the kittens would be immediately euthanized at the shelter, Spaulding made a life changing decision: She took the kittens home and taught herself how to care for “bottle-babies.”

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