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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

    By the playbook

    Veterinarian compiles best practices for shelters

    When she started writing shelter assessments for the nonprofit Target Zero in 2013, Sara Pizano thought, “Everybody’s different, so I’m going to have to go in and come up with a new plan for every single shelter.”

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  • Magazine Article

    How far can fostering go?

    Apprentice trainee Sarah Brasky, founder of Foster Dogs, Inc., in New York City, takes Dakota for a stroll at the Pima Animal Care Center.

    A new vision for sheltering is trending—and being tested—around the country

    Recognizing that most animals do best in a home environment, shelters are testing the limits of high-volume foster care programs and teaching other shelters to ramp up their efforts to get more animals into foster homes. Could the future of sheltering be all around us?

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  • Blog Post

    Animal-friendly menu policies: It’s a thing!

    Making your events more inclusive for all animals

    How many of us have stopped traffic to help a turtle safely cross the road, or spent hours tracking a stray cat or dog to make sure they were brought to a safe place? If you’ve ever carried an abandoned duckling to the nearest pond in the hopes of reuniting them with their mom, or made a quick U-turn after spotting a young rooster wandering the shoulder of the highway, you just might be an animal advocate.

    If you’re here, you probably knew that already!

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