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  • Magazine Article

    Itty bitty kitty apprentices

    Animal professionals learn from Humane Society Silicon Valley kittens

    It was so crazy it just might work: Around five years ago, Humane Society Silicon Valley in California decided to stop housing kittens in its nursery … so it could care for more kittens.

    “In-house, we had a whole fleet of volunteers who would come in and clean the babies and feed them and socialize them, but we had to turn kittens away from the program,” explains Christie Kamiya, the shelter’s chief of shelter medicine. At the time, HSSV housed around 400 kittens a year, but “we wanted to pretty much take any kitten that came through our doors.”

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  • Blog Post

    Good shelter design is good for animals

    The lobby of the Greenville Humane Society is designed to be a retail destination for animal-lovers.

    How your architecture influences visitors and animal flow

    Many of our new animal shelter clients tell us the same story: Their facility is overcrowded, they struggle to reduce numbers without euthanasia and intake numbers continue to be unwieldy. Compounding the issue is the fact that an overcrowded shelter is harder to keep clean and free of disease, yet it’s more difficult to adopt out sick or stressed animals.

    This cycle sounds familiar because it’s one that almost every shelter faces.

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  • Magazine Article

    Transport: A summit, collaboration and planning

    Did you ever think that we would see a shortage of cats in some areas of the country? Yes, there are still plenty of shelters saturated with cats, and shelter intake numbers can vary a lot by season, but a cat shortage in any part of the country at any time of year is exciting! We have entered a time in animal welfare where a home for all healthy and treatable animals is attainable. Collaboration is the key component to achieving this nationwide goal.

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