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  • Blog Post

    No place like home

    Should your animal shelter offer a private rehoming service?

    For as long as there have been newspaper classifieds and online forums, pets have found themselves listed for rehoming—often with very little oversight or support. Why is that?

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  • Training/Event

    Puppy Mill Action Boot Camp

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Discover how to be a leader for dogs at the Puppy Mill Action Boot Camp! Attendees will learn how to effectively advocate against puppy mills and participate in workshops to sharpen their skills. Topics will include tips on speaking with the media and reaching out to lawmakers effectively, building coalitions and how to use social media to help animals. We’ll be joined by Rory Kress, the incredible writer and author of “The Doggie in the Window,” an exposé of puppy mills and the pet industry that supports them.

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  • Magazine Article

    Spot-cleaning cat cages

    If you have a particularly shy kitty, it’s helpful to provide her with a nice hiding space where she can retreat while you tidy up.

    These days, beating germs doesn’t always mean a bleach bath

    If you’ve ever had a pleasant dinner party interrupted by a cat who wanders in, plunks himself down, and begins performing the most intimate cleaning in full view of the table—feet lifted well beyond his head in a kind of obscene yoga, licking with the kind of focused attention usually reserved for advanced calculus—you know: The ways in which kitties clean can make us humans uncomfortable.

    Turns out, the feeling is mutual.

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