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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.

Cat That Gained Viral Fame After Saving Young Boy Wins Hero Dog Award

AP | Sue Manning | Posted 06.22.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter's Hero Dog award has gone to a cat. In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that ...

How She Does It: The Making of Sophie Gamand's Flower Power Series

This Dog's Life | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
This Dog's Life

Hundreds upon hundreds of synthetic flower petal crowns travel with Gamand on her shelter trips to ensure she finds the right look for each dog.

How Badass Senior Dog Steve McQueen Spent His Retirement

Sara Alize Cross | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Sara Alize Cross

On Nov 9, 2013, Steve McQueen passed away peacefully in his dog bed at home in Staten Island. Two years before, he sat waiting to be killed in a con...

Pet Store Switches Animals for Shelter Pets

Rescue Idiot | Posted 05.18.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

A pet store in Brazil, decided to perform an experiment. What would happen if they put shelter pets in place of the regular animals for sale. Would this help more shelter animals find homes, by making them seem like pets for sale?

Helping Pets Before They're in Harm's Way

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The ASPCA's Cruelty Intervention Advocacy is a holistic intervention approach that takes into account how the societal challenges that pet owners often face -- including poverty, housing restrictions, lack of transportation, and limited resources -- profoundly affect the animals under their care. I'd like to share why this uncommon approach is so necessary to keep animals alive.

120,000 Adoptions for a No-Kill Animal Shelter

Rescue Idiot | Posted 04.07.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

The Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS), based in Salem, Mass., will soon be celebrating the adoption of its 120,000th rescue animal! Northeast Animal Sh...