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Tragic Photo Shows Girl Meeting The Pups She Had To Give Away

The Dodo | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.06.2015 | Green

A lonely pup named Miya waits in a tiny cell for someone to take her home — because the little girl who desperately loves her was told she can'...

Barn Cat Placement Program: A Simple Shelter Solution

Elizabeth Frye | Posted 10.20.2015 | Green
Elizabeth Frye

Feral or behaviorally challenged, barn cats are used to living primarily outside. Kitties like these cannot be adopted as--and do not want to be--traditional pets. As a result, they are often first to be euthanized at local animal control facilities.

How My Husband Turned Me Into a "Crazy Cat Lady"

Caitlyn McIntosh | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Caitlyn McIntosh

I came to love these girls as my own fur kids, and I'd like to think they love me back the same way as their human. Considering all things, I was at the very least an upgrade from their last human pseudo mom, who would get annoyed with them and lock them in the garage.

Hundreds Of Lives Saved In Largest-Ever Animal Cruelty Bust

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green

Nearly 1,000 animals have so far been saved in what is being called the largest tactical strike on extreme animal cruelty operations in U.S. history....

Homeless Dog Makes His Bed While Waiting For A Home

The Dodo | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.08.2015 | Green

This lonely dog is so desperate to find a forever home, he's willing to do whatever it takes to show just how nice a housemate he would be.  ...

Generous Donor Pre-Pays Adoption Fees

Rescue Idiot | Posted 10.06.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to 88-year-old Bessie Elliott. In July, after noticing many of the same pets, still needing homes on the Multnomah County Adoptable Pets page, Elliott decided to action.

5 Things I Learned From Working for an Animal Shelter

Bernard Lima-Chavez | Posted 10.02.2015 | Green
Bernard Lima-Chavez

One part of the adoption process needs to be educating people- on the specific animal they want to adopt, on what kind of medical care will be needed, on keeping the dog safe, on the importance of basic obedience training, and the list goes on.

Shelter Staff In Tears As Dog Heads To New Home — After Waiting 11 Years

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green

For 11 long years, Olive waited at the Yonkers Animal Shelter for a forever family to arrive....

The Perfect Dog Adoption Application That Wasn't Perfect.

Julie LeRoy | Posted 09.29.2015 | Good News
Julie LeRoy

I read an interesting post today on my social media page. It said: "I continue to see rescues treat people in a way that will sadly keep irresponsible breeders and pet stores in business."

The Black Dogs Project: Chet's Story

Michelle Higginson | Posted 09.23.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michelle Higginson

Did you know that black dogs are often among the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized in animal shelters?

Animal Shelter Asks For Help After Its Dogs Are Apparently Forced To Fight

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 09.21.2015 | Crime

A rural Tennessee animal shelter is raising money to pay for security cameras after someone apparently broke in and forced two dogs to ...

Skeletal Dog Found Tied Up Outside A Church

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.08.2015 | Green

Odysseus was so severely malnourished when he was found that his story made even the most seasoned rescuers tear up....

Rescued By a Rescue Dog

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.08.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

Quigley was the best dog we ever had. You don't realize how much a pet fills your life until you experience the hollow place they leave when they're gone. Now I yearn for the wonderful, little things about him.

The Lessons in Katrina's Legacy

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Simple, inexpensive preparations can keep owners from having to choose between their pets' lives and their own. What are some of the most important tips?

5 Things I Learned About Aging From My Dog

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty

In honor of National Dog Day, we are republishing this blog that ran on June 9, 2014. (Now please go adopt a pet from your local animal shelter and t...

Want To Save More Pit Bulls?

Kristen Auerbach | Posted 08.25.2015 | Good News
Kristen Auerbach

About a year ago, my shelter decided to try an experiment. We wanted to find out what would happen if we stopped labeling our dogs. It's up to us, as advocates for shelter dogs, to start explaining to people that breed labels are subjective. The way a dog looks says nothing reliable about their behavior.

Please Stop Apologizing for My Puppy

Finnegan Dowling | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
Finnegan Dowling

Pit bull owners polarize people. Which is why, when out and about in our neighborhood we're incredibly reticent about telling people exactly what Waylon is. Not because we're ashamed, but because there's generally three reactions to his breed. By now we're pretty sick of most of them.

This Shelter Dog Stopped Eating Because No One Wanted Him

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.14.2015 | Green

Dozer the pit bull has been waiting at the shelter so long he seems to have given up hope of ever finding a home....

3 Life Lessons We Could All Learn From Eddie the Terrible's Adoption Transformation

Finnegan Dowling | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Finnegan Dowling

Eddie the Terrible was a small dog like many other beloved, quirky, owned pets. But in the context of a shelter? It is with great joy that we inform you that Eddie The Terrible really has undergone a total identity change to become Teddy The Beloved.

The Partner Animal Rescue Can't Do Without

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

There are compassionate people like this across the country, and it's critical to connect their compassion to causes that save and protect animal lives. Some people are already inspired and active; others are just waiting for a local event like this to capture their concern.

Special Friendship With Rescue Parrot Helps Homeless Jazz Singer Find Her Wings

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 07.22.2015 | Good News

  Wende Harston has a reason to sing. Though the Denver jazz artist recently fell on hard times and lost her home, she's found som...

Dogs (and Cats) Without Borders: Frontier Animal Society

Elizabeth Abbott | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Elizabeth Abbott

The Frontier Animal Society in Quebec's Eastern Townships was selling my book to raise money, and I was invited to speak about the healing power of dogs. But before the event, I wanted to visit the shelter I'd heard so much about for so many years.

From Here to Eternity, Changing the Animal Control Universe for Community Cats

Becky Robinson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Becky Robinson

As New Horizons makes its final approach, it does so due to the corrective measures its advocates used to help it reach its target. Similarly, the insights, inspiration, and new information collected at the Best Friends National Conference will help advocates reach our target.

WATCH: Pet Photo Booth Helps Shelter Dogs Get Adopted

HooplaHa | Posted 07.08.2015 | Good News

Have you ever found it difficult to connect with a pet in a dog shelter? They are loud places where lots of animals are jumping, barking and competing for your attention. That's why the Humane Society of Utah decided to give each dog its individual chance to shine in front of the lights of their staff photographer, Guinnever Shuster, to show off its unique personality.

Vegas Shelter Declares Intent to Go No-Kill

Rescue Idiot | Posted 07.01.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

Long-time Animal Shelter operators at the nonprofit Animal Foundation announced plans for going "no kill" by 2020, announcing they plan to adopt the same model long touted by many of the foundation's loudest critics.