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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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    Her casa is their casa

    Honey, an older pit bull with a damaged lip, was initially frightened when rescuers found her during a raid in July on a dogfighting operation in Gary, Ind. She blossomed into a sweetheart, thanks to love and attention provided by Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Education and Rescue volunteers.

    Kennel enrichment program makes Indiana shelter dogs happier, more adoptable

    When The HSUS ’s Animal Rescue Team and local law enforcement raided a Gary, Ind., dogfighting operation last July, they found dogs stashed everywhere.

    Some were crated in the kitchen of a trashed house where the occupants had been cooking crack cocaine on the stove. Others languished in feces-laden crates in the basement or outside in the muddy yard. Still others were confined to rusted cages or filthy crates stacked on top of each other inside a decrepit shed, where boarded-up windows blocked out all light.

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    Doing a world of good

    Spay Day events in 2011 included The HSUS teaming with the ASPCA and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals to provide free spay/neuter, cat and dog food, vaccinations, and microchips to pet owners in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

    A new name reflects an annual spay/neuter initiative’s scope

    It started 18 years ago as Spay Day USA , but The HSUS’s annual campaign to call attention to the importance of spay/neuter has always included participants from around the world. Run in cooperation with The HSUS’s global affiliate, Humane Society International (HSI), the event last year attracted participants from 46 countries. And now, its name will reflect that global scope.

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    Building a wall

    “Wall of Love” raises big bucks for the Asheville Humane Society

    On Sept. 14, 2010—the opening day of the Asheville Humane Society’s new adoption and education center—a wide-eyed young boy approached the reception desk and asked, “Are those dogs available for adoption?”

    Mounted on the walls behind the reception area, groups of tiles picturing a variety of dogs had caught his eye.

    “No, they aren’t available for adoption,” the receptionist explained with a smile. “Those pets belong to people who love them so much, they created our ‘Wall of Love’ to help all the animals find homes.”

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