Memphis shelter finds a stray pet’s family might be right ‘Nextdoor’

Director Alexis Pugh of Memphis Animal Services made plenty of changes when she took over the shelter last year. One of the biggest was implementing a safety net program designed to keep pets with their families, and get lost pets back home. Maddie’s Fund® spoke with Pugh to find out more about the shelter’s innovative… Learn More

Senior cats may soon outnumber kittens in animal shelters

“Ramp up your medical programs for seniors, folks – soon enough you’ll be seeing far more of those than adoption age kittens.” Those words were posted by Karina King, Director of Operations for the Dakin Humane Society, on a Million Cat Challenge discussion forum. For communities at the height of their kitten season, the thought… Learn More

Good intentions can go very wrong when you find a lost pet

Mary Kennedy Withrow, a staffer at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, arrived at the shelter recently and found a woman standing outside with a gorgeous German Shepherd. She said she had found the dog running down her street, and wanted to have her scanned. “I would have kept her, but my other dog didn’t seem… Learn More

How dog owners can help keep dogs out of shelters

Is there something dog owners can do to keep other people’s dogs from ending up in shelters due to behavior problems? Yes, says board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Director of the Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He’s spearheading a two-year, crowdsourced study of dog behavior… Learn More

How to start a program to keep pets out of shelters

Lori Weise of Downtown Dog Rescue pretty much wrote the book on helping people and their pets stay together, and keeping animals out of shelters. And with the publication of First Home, Forever Home: How to Start and Run a Shelter Intervention Program, that’s not a metaphor anymore. Weise has been written about, awarded, and… Learn More