One easy way to reduce a pet’s length of stay at your shelter

What can reduce a pet’s length of stay in your shelter or rescue from 43 days to 14 days? A great adoption photo. Maddie’s Fund® has just launched Maddie Talks, a series of short (less than 10 minutes) motivational “Ted Talk” like videos created by animal welfare professionals and meant to provide inspiration and equip… Learn More

It may be time to say goodbye to breed labels on all shelter dogs

There’s renewed interest in identifying shelter dogs not by breed but by their physical and personality traits. What’s prompted that, and is it an idea whose time has come? The idea itself isn’t new. Some adoption organizations did away with breed labels long ago, with some simply calling them “All American Shelter Dogs.” In fact,… Learn More

Perfectly imperfect senior dog finally meets his match

What’s the definition of the perfect dog? Depends on who you ask. But one thing was for sure – I knew I wasn’t it. Unless the definition was “an anxious ten year old Jack Russell terrier mix who chases his tail and doesn’t get along with other dogs…” but I’m smarter than that. It only took… Learn More

How to make sure adopters are welcome at your shelter or rescue group

Are ‘Adopters Welcome’ at your shelter or rescue group? If not, a new DIY action plan can help you get on board with this revolutionary adoption philosophy. Even if they already are, this resource can help you kick it up a notch! The Humane Society of the United States created Adopters Welcome not only to… Learn More

Finding homes for cats pulled from a euthanasia list

Do cats pulled off the euthanasia list have a harder time getting adopted? Are they returned more often? Absolutely no to both, said Monica Frenden, cat program manager for Austin Pets Alive! At the 2015 American Pets Alive! No Kill Conference, Frenden gave a presentation on the organization’s success with cats pulled off the euthanasia… Learn More

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