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Shelter + Rescue Essentials

Animal Sheltering's Shelter and Rescue Essentials has the latest articles from Animal Sheltering magazine, publications, policies, assessment tools, guidelines, connections and other resources to support the lifesaving work of shelter and rescue professionals. You can filter by topical tag or type of resource.

  • Shelter + Rescue Essentials

    Animal Sheltering's Shelter and Rescue Essentials has the latest articles from Animal Sheltering magazine, publications, policies, assessment tools, guidelines, connections and other resources to support the lifesaving work of shelter and rescue professionals towards keeping pets in happy, healthy homes, protecting community cats, reaching underserved communities and increasing pet adoptions in shelters and with rescue groups.

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  • Rescue Group Best Practices: creating your mission and vision

    If you are thinking about starting a new rescue group, define your mission and vision before you do any other planning. Where is the greatest need in your community? What do you hope to accomplish and why? Conducting a community assessment can assist you in determining the type of help the animals in your community need. Typically, forming a rescue group consists of creating an organization that takes in animals that have been transferred from a shelter, relinquished by their owner or found as a stray; fosters them in a home environment; and adopts them out.

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  • Magazine Article

    When love isn’t enough

    Rescue isn’t all heartwarming success stories, and sometimes hard cases call for tough decisions

    With his wagging tail and happy demeanor, the golden retriever-spaniel mix looks like a friendly, approachable dog. And for a brief moment, he is.

    “You can pet him for about two seconds, and then he’ll nail you,” says Karen Deeds, a trainer and certified dog behavior consultant in Fort Worth, Texas.

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  • HSUS Program

    Frequently asked questions

    Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

    If you're an animal care professional or volunteer, The Humane Society of the United States has a wealth of resources designed to help you in your work for animals.

    If you're an animal care professional or volunteer, The Humane Society of the United States' Animal Sheltering has a wealth of resources designed to help you in your work for animals. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions and top searched resources.

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