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Animal Sheltering is for everyone who cares about the animals in their community—from shelter directors and animal care and control officers to kennel staff, volunteers, and private individuals working as activists, breed rescuers, wildlife rehabbers, veterinarians and more.

Content by Animal Sheltering

  • Magazine Article

    Charlie’s surprise

    Charlie is a rare, male tortoiseshell cat.

    Tortoiseshell cat defies shelter staffers' expectations

    Charlie, a rare male tortoiseshell, surprises and delights a Tennessee shelter.

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  • Magazine Article

    Scrap the trap

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine Summer 2018

    Download this Mouthpiece to let your community know there are better ways to handle wildlife conflicts

    Download this Mouthpiece to let your community know that there are better ways to handle wildlife conflicts.

    Browse additional Mouthpieces designed to aid your community outreach. To submit a PSA your organization designed, contact us at

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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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