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Planting the seeds of TNR

Empowering everyday people to tackle the community cat challenge

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    How far can fostering go?

    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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    Nurturing the roots of TNR

    With a small investment, shelters can empower everyday people to tackle the community cat challenge

    If your shelter doesn’t have a trap-neuter-return program, you may think you have little to offer the people who call about unowned cats in their backyards and neighborhoods. But there are many ways shelters can facilitate today’s TNR and plant the seeds of tomorrow’s high-impact programs without spending a dime.

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Animal Sheltering

Magazine - Fall 2019

In this issue: Getting to know your community means getting outside your own four walls; a major push to help animals in Puerto Rico; taking effective evidentiary photos in cruelty cases; a rescuer argues for setting aside labels to make more of an impact for animals; why maintaining shelter animals’ emotional health is so important; and more.

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  • Magazine Article

    Hey you, get off of my cloud!

    After a little hissing and paw-batting, Lacey and Finnegan have settled into a peaceful friendship—thanks to the smart introduction owner Lisa Provost provided.

    Keeping the peace in a multi-cat household

    When cat owners want to add a new furball to their home menagerie, who should they be searching for? How can they make introductions go smoothly? Experts offer advice for keeping the peace in a multi-cat household.

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    Unforgettable

    Unforgettable features photos and stories of readers' most memorable animals. In this installment, you'll meet Pablo the pit bull.

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    Keeping them hoppy

    Washington Humane Society volunteer Carlin Abbitt has started using a harness to take the shelter bunnies outside for exercise.

    Taking rabbits for a walk

    Carlin Abbitt grew up with a menagerie of animals in and around her home, and when she began volunteering at the Washington Humane Society in the District of Columbia, she found a new group of critters to care for.

    She noticed that while the cats had their proponents and the dogs had theirs, the small animals didn’t get as much action. “I think that a lot of people just aren’t used to small animals like I am,” she says. So as she stayed, she began gravitating toward the little guys more and more often, trying to provide them with more fun and enrichment.

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