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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

    Spot-cleaning cat cages

    If you have a particularly shy kitty, it’s helpful to provide her with a nice hiding space where she can retreat while you tidy up.

    These days, beating germs doesn’t always mean a bleach bath

    If you’ve ever had a pleasant dinner party interrupted by a cat who wanders in, plunks himself down, and begins performing the most intimate cleaning in full view of the table—feet lifted well beyond his head in a kind of obscene yoga, licking with the kind of focused attention usually reserved for advanced calculus—you know: The ways in which kitties clean can make us humans uncomfortable.

    Turns out, the feeling is mutual.

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  • Magazine Article

    Many happy returns

    For most healthy impounded stray cats, sterilizing, vaccinating, ear-tipping and returning them to where they were found is the best tactic.

    New manual will help guide your return-to-field program

    No single approach can solve all your community cat challenges, but return-to-field is often the place to start. A new handbook serves as a guide to providing positive outcomes for healthy outdoor cats.

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  • Assessment