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    Restaurants for rescue

    Fun, colorful murals—like this one showing dogs cooking up a pizza (and some bones)—adorn the walls of the Lost Dog Café and Stray Cat Café in Arlington, Va., co-owned by Ross Underwood and Pam McElwee.

    At pet-themed Virginia cafes, restaurateurs pursue their passion for animal welfare

    On a wall at the Stray Cat Café in Arlington, Va., a giant kitty rendered in blue, green, and yellow with mauve eyes stalks toward the viewer, a big, white feather in his mouth. An enormous cat eye peers from inside the doorway of a building, one huge paw extended to rake in a football-size chunk of kibble that spills from an overturned trash can.

    Meanwhile, the pooches are having a great time at the Lost Dog Café: roasting bones and a pizza over a roaring fire, or playing a game of pool (sorry, no dogs playing poker).

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    Think outside the rink

    Courtney Stufft’s daughter Avery gives a shout-out to her mom’s pal, CARE staff member and skater Katie Ames, also known as “Renegade Roxie.”

    Unconventional fundraiser on wheels scores in Springfield, Mo.

    Unconventional fundraiser on wheels scores in Springfield, Mo.

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    Kitties, lindy hopping, and bathtub gin

    Participants in The Great Catsby fundraiser organized by Lollypop Farm turn out in Roaring Twenties attire for an evening of live music, hand-rolled cigars, and themed cocktails that would have impressed that old sport Gatsby himself.

    At this Jazz Age-themed event, hepcats raised funds for real cats

    In May, Lollypop Farm in Rochester, NY hosted The Great Catsby, a Jazz Age-themed fundraiser that enabled hepcats to raise $40,000 to help the shelter’s real cats (and dogs and rabbits and horses).

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    Pet of the month

    Rik and Lyn Meyers, with their dogs Nala and Lika, collect votes for pet photos submitted for a fundraising calendar to support Headwaters Animal Shelter in Park Rapids, Minn.

    Calendar fundraiser nets thousands of dollars for small-town shelter each year

    Get the lowdown on how a small-town shelter nets thousands of dollars from an annual calendar fundraiser.

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    Friends ... with benefits

    Columbia Animal Services superintendent Marli Drum says her shelter’s partnership with the Animal Mission is working, as the shelter’s intake and euthanasia rates are on track to go down for the third year in a row. A Mardi Gras/Dog Parade event benefiting the Animal Mission took place in February.

    Shelters and 'friends of' groups team up for success

    “Friends of the shelter” groups can be a major boon for many agencies, but successful partnerships require a clear delineation of roles and responsibilities. See how several shelters have been able to maintain beautiful friendships.

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    Beyond the comfort zone

    Austin Pets Alive! won big in the ASPCA’s 100K Saving Lives Challenge in 2011. Who’ll be the victor this year—you?

    ASPCA $100K Challenge winners pushed themselves to do more

    Shelters around the country accepted the ASPCA’s $100K Challenge in 2011, vying to save more lives and hoping to capture the top prize of $100,000. The winners surmounted major challenges to reach their goals. How did they do it?

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    Helping them help you

    Board members should be helping with fundraising, whether it’s doing the actual “ask,” or building the relationships that can create reliable (and generous) donors down the road.

    Engaging your board of directors to raise funds

    Your shelter’s board of directors, with their deep commitment to your cause, should be helping to boost your fundraising efforts. Here’s how to get them involved.

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    Animal house

    A fraternity fundraiser brought in $12,000 for the Washington Humane Society. It’s money the shelter can put toward important programs, as well as special TLC like the canine manicure being performed here by Gina Lantella, animal care manager, with help from former staff member and current volunteer Stacey Severe.

    A fraternity chapter raises thousands for its local shelter

    Proving that sometimes fundraising dollars can come from unexpected places, a fraternity chapter at a university in Washington, D.C., recently raised a whopping $12,000 for its local shelter.

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    Picture this

    Pet portrait fundraiser nets thousands of dollars for California animal welfare organizations

    Combining her skill as a photographer and affection for dogs, Linnea Lenkus held a pet portrait fundraiser that netted thousands of dollars for California animal welfare organizations.

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    How to save a life—or maybe 300

    The Washington Humane Society’s Lauren Haggerty (middle), Marcellus Rooths (right), and volunteer Shelly Mayo keep the paperwork moving during the Empty the Shelter adoption event.

    Competitors in the ASPCA ’s $100K Challenge test their limits

    With a top prize of $100,000 at stake, the ASPCA’s $100K Challenge sparked a friendly competition between two animal welfare organizations in Washington, D.C.—and others around the country.

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    Building a wall

    “Wall of Love” raises big bucks for the Asheville Humane Society

    On Sept. 14, 2010—the opening day of the Asheville Humane Society’s new adoption and education center—a wide-eyed young boy approached the reception desk and asked, “Are those dogs available for adoption?”

    Mounted on the walls behind the reception area, groups of tiles picturing a variety of dogs had caught his eye.

    “No, they aren’t available for adoption,” the receptionist explained with a smile. “Those pets belong to people who love them so much, they created our ‘Wall of Love’ to help all the animals find homes.”

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