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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
HooplaHa

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...

'Why Doesn't Anybody Want Me?' Pit Bull Finally Gets A Home After Heartbreaking Picture Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.06.2015 | Good News

It's been a long time coming, but a rescue dog is finally home, sweet home. Chester the pit bull had been living in rescue shelters for 5 years. H...

The Moment A Homeless Man With Terminal Cancer Is Surprised With New Apartment

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.03.2015 | Good News

A homeless man and his dog now have a place to live thanks to one generous prankster. Tom Mabe, the host of the online series "Prank It Fwd" which...

Famous Facebook Dog Inspires Community to Take Over Shelter

Rescue Idiot | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Rescue Idiot

Arbor, a former stray dog, has brought the Las Vegas community together to advocate for the local town shelter becoming a no-kill shelter.

@Canadog Is the Coolest Insta Feed About Rescue Dogs

Suzanne Donaldson | Posted 05.16.2015 | Good News
Suzanne Donaldson

Her pictures highlight the big personalities of her three dogs who are all rescue or shelter dogs.

ER funds for Momma Daffodil, Marlin and Ben and Claudine

Rescue Idiot | Posted 05.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rescue Idiot

Second Chance Rescue NYC is currently trying to raise funds for Sweet Daffodil who just had her babies just over a week ago and is now at the ER Vet f...

Respect Your Elders

Rescue Idiot | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Rescue Idiot

Most people instantly feel some form of sadness when they walk into a diner and see an elderly person sitting alone; I often wonder why these emotions don't carry over universally towards senior animals. There are so many great reasons to consider adopting an older dog

Dog Thrown From Car Three Years Ago Still Needs Home

Caurie Putnam | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Caurie Putnam

Mocha-Chino, a beautiful pup from New Jersey, celebrates a not so celebratory milestone this month: three years living in a dog shelter.