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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Wisconsin Rethinking the Cat Symposium

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Join us for Rethinking the Cat, our renowned symposium on cat policy, advocacy and care! Shelters, rescues, ACOs, TNR/colony caretakers and advocates will have the opportunity to learn, network and share as they join their colleagues for a day that’s all about cats. Choose from three locations. Register now at https://www.animalsheltering.org/WIRTC

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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Wisconsin Rethinking the Cat Symposium

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Join us for Rethinking the Cat, our renowned symposium on cat policy, advocacy and care! Shelters, rescues, ACOs, TNR/colony caretakers and advocates will have the opportunity to learn, network and share as they join their colleagues for a day that’s all about cats. Choose from three locations. Register now at https://www.animalsheltering.org/WIRTC

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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Wisconsin Rethinking the Cat Symposium

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Join us for Rethinking the Cat, our renowned symposium on cat policy, advocacy and care! Shelters, rescues, ACOs, TNR/colony caretakers and advocates will have the opportunity to learn, network and share as they join their colleagues for a day that’s all about cats. Choose from three locations. Register now at https://www.animalsheltering.org/WIRTC

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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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  • Magazine Article

    A word from us

    Amanda Arrington meets a new friend in the YK Delta region of Alaska, where Pets for Life supports work to increase access to pet resources in remote villages.

    In my team's work on Pets for Life—our initiative that does door-to-door outreach in underserved communities, offering free pet care resources, services and information—one of the most common questions we get is how to fundraise for and sustain support for such programming. Beyond building the organization’s basic fundraising skills, it’s important for everyone involved to understand how companion animal welfare is connected to larger systemic and institutional challenges for people and their pets—issues like poverty, segregation, housing insecurity and resource inequity.

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  • Magazine Article

    Making a change for the better

    All nine available dogs from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay were adopted in the first two hours of Super Pet’s grand reopening event in February.

    Pet store program helps boost adoptions and fight puppy mills

    “Whether the economy is good or bad,” says Randy Housley, the general manager of Polly’s Pet Shop in Universal City, Texas, “people seem to want puppies.” And San Antonio Animal Care Services draws from such a wide area that his store is rarely without them.

    Since August 2013, the shelter has been the store’s sole source for puppies. In fact, the store now adopts out about 150 puppies a year, more than it used to sell.

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  • Magazine Article

    Betting on better behavior

    Melo represents the group at Camp Bow Wow’s Give a Fetch event.

    Las Vegas nonprofit crowdfunds training and therapy for shelter dogs

    There may be no sure bets in Las Vegas, but local shelter dogs are seeing their chances of adoption increase, thanks to a program that raises money from the public to get them trained.

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  • Magazine Article

    Handle with care

    Compassion fatigue expert offers advice for animal welfare workers

    When Jennifer Blough first felt compassion fatigue, she had never heard the term. She was a lifelong animal advocate—she became a vegetarian at a young age, followed her grandmother to animal rights protests and got a job as an animal control officer—but she had never heard anyone mention the issue. So when she burned out from her job in 2012, she had no idea what was wrong with her.

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  • Magazine Article

    Bloody brilliant fundraising

    Donors wait to give blood.

    A partnership between a California shelter and blood donation center saves lives

    In January, an unusual partnership between Humane Society Silicon Valley and Stanford Blood Center in California was lifesaving in more ways than one. For each person who donated blood throughout the month, the blood center contributed funds to the shelter.

    Overall, 3,395 people donated blood over 31 days, raising $6,790 for HSSV, which will go toward funding pet vaccinations and medical costs. The campaign included an on-site blood drive at the humane society led by blood center staff and volunteers.

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  • Magazine Article

    A rose for Colton

    The ladies of Front Street Animal Shelter vie for handsome Colton’s affections.

    Sacramento shelter combines 'The Bachelor' parody with adoption promotion

    The catfight starts in the dog yard at Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California. Four women in high heels and bodycon dresses vie for the affections of Colton, a handsome hunk of a dog. As the competition escalates, there are tearful recriminations, backstabbing asides to the camera and an ugly confrontation over a leash.

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