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#FeelGoodFriday: Dog helps grieving couple

“Grief is just love with nowhere to go,” said Brian, in a story filmed by Mutual Rescue. Brian and his wife Kim lost their infant shortly after she was born. Stricken with grief, Kim sought out a counselor and wrote about her experience, but Brian didn’t have the same outlets. While scrolling through social media… Learn More

Maddie's Fund 25th anniversary

Then and now: Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland

As our 25th anniversary celebration continues, we’re looking back “then and now” style at some of the grants we’ve given over the years, and the amazing impact they’ve had on their communities since then.  In 2006, after a couple of false starts, the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) was formed. The coalition, comprised of… Learn More

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6 tips for using foster care as a lifeline during animal shelter crises

Along with reduced-fee adoption events, emergency foster care is becoming the go-to answer for nearly every crisis an animal shelter can have, including natural disasters, outbreaks of contagious illness, population surges and building renovations. Emergency foster care enables shelters to greatly increase their capacity for care for a short period of time, taking strain off… Learn More

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#FeelGoodFriday: Shelter dog goes on Bachelor-style dates

Front Street Animal Shelter put their creative caps on and came up with this fun spoof of the tv show, The Bachelor, called, The Adopter. Colton, the eligible bachelor, met four adopters, one of who “was there for the right reasons” and another who was just there for her “Instagram modeling career.” “I threw the… Learn More

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Cat Town shares how to create a safe space for your foster cat

Did you know that when bringing your new foster cat home, you should generally avoid leaving them in laundry rooms or kitchens? That’s one of the many tips shared by Cat Town in their new Flash Class, Bringing Your Foster Cat Home. “Cats are super sensitive to change, so you want to think about where… Learn More

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#FeelGoodFriday: Kitten with 24 toes gets adopted in Texas

Titus Pullo was found hanging around a barn. But he was a little different than your average black and white kitten. This little guy had extra toes on all four of his feet. (Which makes him a bit of an overachiever since most polydactyl cats have extra toes on their front paws only.) Most cats… Learn More

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How shelters can overcome obstacles to dog field trips and save more lives

Chesapeake Animal Services is one of a string of organizations that have invited the public to take their dogs on field trips…and emptied their dog kennels in the process! It may look easy, but all of these organizations had obstacles to overcome before their programs could be this successful. Luckily, they’re willing to share what… Learn More

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