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    Passport to Prizes Winners - Animal Care Expo 2019

    Congratulations!

    Congratulations to our Passport to Prizes winners!

    Animal Care Expo 2019

    • Jessica Beam
    • Dr. Michele Toomoth
    • Wendy Arnold
    • Jenelle Moyer
    • Art Smith
    • Shelton Stroman
    • Elaine Kristiansen
    • Jennifer Earp
    • Nina Stively
    • Allison Foster
    • Luis Chavarria
    • Dr. Thomas Haruni Mayani
    • Nancy Tarbox
    • Kiara Hunter
    • Lauralee Tupa
    • Jennifer Scobie

    Please pick up your Amazon.com gift card at the registration desk by 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 18.

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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue Training

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Join us for a free, day-long training for animal shelters, rescue groups, humane officers and others in the animal welfare field! Topics include Adopters Welcome, Collaboration, Fundraising, TNR/Return to Field, Data and Building Humane Communities. Register now at https://www.animalsheltering.org/humane-state-ohio

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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue Training

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Join us for a free, day-long training for animal shelters, rescue groups, humane officers and others in the animal welfare field! Topics include Adopters Welcome, Collaboration, Fundraising, TNR/Return to Field, Data and Building Humane Communities. Register now at https://www.animalsheltering.org/humane-state-ohio

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  • Store Product

    Return-to-Field Handbook

    Return to field handbook cover

    A collaboration between the Humane Society of the United States, Neighborhood Cats and Alley Cat Advocates

    This Return-to-Field Handbook was developed as a practical guide to help shelter staff develop the processes and protocols needed to provide positive outcomes for healthy stray cats. Detailed chapters cover everything from how to gather important information at intake to managing returns and everything in between. Whether you are just starting out or looking for ways to improve your existing program, this handbook is for you!

    This complete handbook is also available for free download online.

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  • Guide

    Return-to-Field Handbook

    Modern animal sheltering has realized that our shelters are not necessarily the best place for cats, especially cats used to living outdoors. For most healthy impounded stray cats, sterilizing, vaccinating, ear-tipping and returning them to where they were found is a better tactic. This practice, known as return-to-field or shelter-neuter-return, is based on the idea that if these community cats were doing well before entering the shelter, they will do will if they are returned, finding food and support from people in that neighborhood.

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  • Guide

    What are animal shelters are doing to protect wildlife from cats?

    There are many things animal shelters, rescue groups and animal control agencies do to keep local wildlife safe from cats. Shelters may not even think of these actions as being helpful to wildlife, yet it is important to note the value in this work for a broad range of species.

    Here are some things local organizations may do to help both cats and wildlife:

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  • Guide

    Feeding guidelines for community cats

    Where, when and how you feed community cats are important factors in maintaining healthy cats, preventing conflicts with wildlife and keeping the harmony with your human neighbors.

    Here are some best practices guidelines:

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  • Guide

    Resolving conflicts between cats, wildlife and humans

    Where there is conflict between two groups of animals—cats and native wildlife—we don’t need to choose between them. By combining proactive steps to avert conflict with sound mitigation strategies we can help both. These same strategies can also help us resolve conflicts with cats and humans.

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  • Training/Event

    Animal Care Expo Research Posters

    New this year! Our poster session is a visual showcase of impactful new initiatives and recent research relevant to the field of animal sheltering. The posters will provide you with an easy way to dive into the data and study results with the people behind the projects.

    Posters and Presenters

    Cat management preferences of feral cat & wild bird advocates in the USA: where stakeholders agree and disagree by Sabrina Aeluro, University of Washington

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  • Magazine Article

    Dying without a sound

    HSUS investigation reveals dead rabbits in the freezer at Petland

    A day after the HSUS released the results of its undercover investigation and two days after police searched the premises, Petland announced that it was cutting ties with the franchise store in Fairfax, Virginia, and removed its company name from the building. Acting on a tip from the HSUS, Fairfax police searched the store with a warrant on April 1 and found 31 dead rabbits and one dead dog in the freezer. They are investigating.

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  • Blog Post

    Sharing your animal welfare expertise after retirement

    Goodbye to full-time work doesn’t mean you’re finished contributing

    Retirees from the animal welfare field have a lot to offer and shouldn’t quietly fade away—that would be such a loss to our cause!

    After 45 years of employment in animal welfare, the time finally came for me to retire from active duty. I spent the last 32 years as the executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County, Maryland, handling animal care and control for our county. I was fortunate to have lasted that long, given the emotional toll this work takes on the heart, family and occasionally, friendships.

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  • Magazine Article

    A word from us

    Seized in a 2009 dogfighting raid, Plum is Anne Sterling’s constant companion and a reminder of the lifesaving power of teamwork.

    In August 2009, the Humane Society of the United States and its in-state shelter partners assisted the Indiana Gaming Commission with the largest dogfighting raid in the state’s history. Law enforcement agents seized 109 dogs from three separate properties, one of which, in a remote wooded area, held over 80 dogs. Their owner had been breeding dogs for fighting since the late 1970s and lived several hours away; he apparently came to the property twice a week to give the dogs food and water.

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