It’s a Happy MaddieCam Birthday on National Cat Day!

October 27, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Announcements

One of our favorite days – National Cat Day – is just around the corner this Saturday, October 29! Along with bringing attention to cats who need homes, this holiday also marks the one-year anniversary of MaddieCam, where we decided to stream live from Cat Town, America’s first cat café. Today, MaddieCam streams live from […]

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Innovation grants pay off for the animals, #ThanksToMaddie

October 26, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Announcements, Grants

Lifesaving just got a whole lot more innovative! After the 2016 Humane Society of the United States Expo, we invited attendees to submit Innovation Grant proposals in various categories from adoptions and technology to public engagement. It’s no surprise the proposals came pouring in, and we just awarded more than $307,000 to 60 organizations across the U.S.! […]


How not knowing what you don’t know hurts animals

October 25, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Evolution of the No-Kill Movement, Research

Is not knowing what we don’t know hurting the animals in our care? Recently, APSCAPro published a blog post, “We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know.” It was about how shelter dogs pegged as having “behavior problems” often didn’t have those same behaviors in a foster home. They turned out to be shelter-specific behaviors, and […]


Got community cats? Best Friends has a book for you – free!

October 18, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Coalition Building and Advocacy, Community Cats, Evolution of the No-Kill Movement, Organizational Management, Policies and Procedures, Staff and Volunteers

Community cats: If you’ve got them, Best Friends wants to help. They’ve written a book covering everything from the ABCs to the rocket science of community cat management, and they’re giving it away as a free download! Topics covered include: The history of the TNR movement The importance of leadership Who in your community is […]

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Don’t think about the animals: How inspiration comes when you’re not paying attention

October 13, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Evolution of the No-Kill Movement, Research

Why would we tell you not to think about the animals? Because as counter intuitive as it may seem, you’ll probably find that spending less time thinking how to do a better job helping animals and more time doing and thinking about nothing in particular can create space for the very insight you need to […]

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Using data to save pets’ lives

October 12, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Conference Recordings, Research

Why is data crucial to saving pets’ lives? “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” said Found Animals Foundation executive director Aimee Gilbreath, quoting the famous Peter Drucker during her session at the 2016 Best Friends National Conference. Understanding that data analysis can be overwhelming, Gilbreath broke her presentation into a step-by-step process: […]

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Study: Do DNA breed tests help dogs get adopted?

October 6, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Research

People, even veterinarians and animal shelter workers, are notoriously poor at identifying dog breeds. What’s more, there’s a growing trend to stop identifying shelter dogs by their breed at all. A recent study at Berkeley Animal Care Services in California took a look at whether or not obtaining DNA tests on dogs in the shelter […]

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