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Kelly Madrone

Kelly Madrone is a former staff writer for the Humane Society of the United States. She works as a freelance writer and editor and is based in New Mexico. Find her online at

Content by Kelly Madrone

  • Magazine Article

    Making meetings matter

    The surprising impact of terrible meetings, and how to run great ones

    Do the words “let’s have a meeting” elicit groans at your shelter? Would you rather scoop poop than get trapped in an endless discussion in the conference room? Do too many meeting participants have one eye on the clock and the other on the door? It doesn’t have to be this way. Believe it or not, with a little planning and clear goals, meetings can be useful and (gasp!) even fun.

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  • Magazine Article

    With all due respect

    Lucy returns from her spay appointment, which Charm City Companions facilitated.

    Community outreach programs advise less judging, more listening

    Pet owners in underserved communities have been let down before and are understandably suspicious of organizations offering help. To earn their trust when you do community outreach, you’ll need to listen respectfully, avoid snap judgments and follow through on your (realistic) promises.

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  • Magazine Article

    Powerful partnerships

    David Stroud with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society in North Carolina removes pups from a breeding mill several hours from his shelter. Many shelter and rescue partners cross county or state lines to assist in large rescues.

    Network connects shelters in need with critical resources

    It started with a run-of-the-mill barking complaint. But when officers with Habersham County (Georgia) Department of Animal Care & Control arrived at the property in April 2017, they discovered one of the state’s largest puppy mill operations.

    More than 350 animals were living on the property, and not just dogs. There were cats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, doves, an alpaca and a horse, all in deplorable conditions. Many of the dogs were confined to plastic tubs and under wire mesh, surrounded by mud and feces.

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