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  • Blog Post

    Rescuers to the Rescue

    Rescue/shelter partnerships growing beyond adoption

    The animal sheltering field has changed. We can see it in the decline in the euthanasia rate for companion animals nationwide, the increase in adoption rates in animal shelters and the “community animal welfare center” role that many animal shelters are shifting to. Working to keep pets in homes through behavior assistance, affordable and accessible medical care and food pantries are all common in the portfolio of services offered by a large number of animal shelters in 2018.

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  • Magazine Article

    Population control ... without the snip

    Symposium to focus on nonsurgical contraception for cats and dogs

    The quest continues for an affordable, widely available, nonsurgical alternative to traditional spay/neuter surgery for cats and dogs. Not surprisingly, advocates wish things would move a little faster.

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  • Magazine Article

    Tour of duty

    Service members are a force for good at Virginia shelter

    Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region is the country’s largest naval installation, and it’s common to see young service members in the lobby of the Norfolk SPCA. Many are there to adopt or to bring their pets to the shelter’s veterinary clinic; others come to volunteer their time to help homeless animals.

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  • Store Product

    Cats, Wildlife and You Brochure: 500 Brochures

    Cats, wildlife and you cover

    Conflict between outdoor cats and native wildlife can be a dilemma for those who care about all animals. This brochure helps people prevent and resolve conflicts in their own backyards with easy to apply tips and tactics to keep both cats and wildlife safe. A great handout for animal shelters, wildlife rehab centers, and veterinary clinics.

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  • Store Product

    Cats, Wildlife and You Brochure: 100 Brochures

    Cats, wildlife and you cover

    Conflict between outdoor cats and native wildlife can be a dilemma for those who care about all animals. This brochure helps people prevent and resolve conflicts in their own backyards with easy to apply tips and tactics to keep both cats and wildlife safe. A great handout for animal shelters, wildlife rehab centers, and veterinary clinics.

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  • Magazine Article

    Powerful partnerships

    David Stroud with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society in North Carolina removes pups from a breeding mill several hours from his shelter. Many shelter and rescue partners cross county or state lines to assist in large rescues.

    Network connects shelters in need with critical resources

    It started with a run-of-the-mill barking complaint. But when officers with Habersham County (Georgia) Department of Animal Care & Control arrived at the property in April 2017, they discovered one of the state’s largest puppy mill operations.

    More than 350 animals were living on the property, and not just dogs. There were cats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, doves, an alpaca and a horse, all in deplorable conditions. Many of the dogs were confined to plastic tubs and under wire mesh, surrounded by mud and feces.

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