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Keep pets in homes

Many animals surrendered to shelters are given up due to solvable behavior issues or lack of housing. We're eliminating housing barriers in communities across the country with Pets are Welcome, raising the standard from “pet-friendly” to an all-inclusive approach to renting with pets. We’re elevating the level of cat behavior expertise in our field to keep more cats in homes and making pet care, behavior and wellness resources and information more accessible to pet owners and potential adopters.

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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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  • Magazine Article

    This 'little' piggy

    Many pig owners buy minipigs and are less-than-enthused when they suddenly have to carry a pig the size of an adult human up and down the stairs.

    They don’t actually exist, but that doesn’t stop “mini” pigs from showing up at shelters

    Deceptive breeders, naive buyers and the pet pig fad among celebrities—pop princesses and famous athletes, we’re looking at you—are causing shelters’ and sanctuaries’ porcine populations to skyrocket. Here’s how to care for smart, strong-willed pigs in a shelter environment and help wannabe pig parents make smart decisions.

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  • Assessment

    Resources to help cats

    Protect cats in your community

    Humanely managing community cats is your best path to reducing the number of unowned cats in your shelters and in your community. Use the resources below to get ahead of any potential conflict with neighbors and policy-makers, increase the effectiveness of your trap-neuter-return (TNR) efforts, collaborate with wildlife conservationists and more. Everything from targeted TNR to colony care to grassroots mobilization is covered to help you best address the needs of the community cats in your neighborhood and beyond.

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