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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 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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  • Blog Post

    Rescuers to the Rescue

    Rescue/shelter partnerships growing beyond adoption

    The animal sheltering field has changed. We can see it in the decline in the euthanasia rate for companion animals nationwide, the increase in adoption rates in animal shelters and the “community animal welfare center” role that many animal shelters are shifting to. Working to keep pets in homes through behavior assistance, affordable and accessible medical care and food pantries are all common in the portfolio of services offered by a large number of animal shelters in 2018.

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  • Magazine Article

    Taxing matters

    An accountant explains deductions for animal rescue activities

    If you volunteer for an animal rescue group, you’re probably too focused on finding foster homes, arranging transports or coordinating adoption fairs to worry about personal tax write-offs. Rescuers tend to be “all-in”—investing significant amounts of their time and money into the effort while overlooking or remaining unaware of existing opportunities for tax breaks.

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  • Magazine Article

    Model behavior

    Humane Society Silicon Valley in California is the first shelter to meet “model shelter” standards issued by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

    Humane Society Silicon Valley reaches a milestone by meeting ‘model shelter’ standards

    Like a mountain, a marathon or a long neglected inbox, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ standards for humane animal sheltering—all 543 of them—are out there, waiting to be conquered.

    Developed by 14 veterinary professionals and released in 2010, the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters give animal welfare organizations of all types a road map for ongoing self-evaluation and improvement. The standards aim to help ensure that organizations recognize and meet their animals’ physical, mental and behavioral needs.

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  • Magazine Article

    Not your mother’s animal shelter

    After decades of innovation, sheltering has progressed far beyond its ‘dog pound’ roots

    Some longtime animal welfare professionals can remember the days of tiny cinderblock shelters hidden away from the community, bare concrete kennels and unthinkable euthanasia rates. Decades later, shelters leading the field are innovative, creative community centers that tackle animal homelessness at the roots and boast vastly improved live-release rates. How did we get here—and where will we go next?

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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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