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Animal Shelter

This Shelter Is Shooting Dogs — And It's Completely Legal

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.05.2016 | Green

An animal shelter in Bristow, Oklahoma, is reportedly putting down dogs in the worst way possible: by taking them behind the building and shooting the...

Home is Where the Heart Is

Pam Townsend | Posted 02.02.2016 | Good News
Pam Townsend

They say, "Home is where the heart is." In this case, "home" is Malta House, an assisted living community in Hyattsville, Maryland. And the "heart" is Olivia, a German shepherd mix who now shares the residence with 31 senior citizens.

Officer Goes On Routine Call ... And Ends Up Falling In Love

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.30.2016 | Green

His life had only just begun, but things were already looking dark for one little dog in Florida....

Rescue Pup Flashes Adorably Cheesy Smile After Recovering From The Flu

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.13.2016 | Good News

When Herbert, an American Straffordshire terrier mix, was rescued last month from a city pound by PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter, he was extre...

Defining Adoptable-Confessions of a Shelter Director

Steffen Baldwin | Posted 01.04.2016 | Good News
Steffen Baldwin

(Chesty and I, one of our first rehab cases in 2013. Shot by a police officer in Dayton, OH as a stray dog, Chesty was kicked in the stomach while ta...

Falling in love with Lucy the Christmas pup

R.J. Marx | Posted 01.04.2016 | Fifty
R.J. Marx

We haven't had a lot of dogs over the years. Never more than two at a time. Our last Christmas dog was Rinaldo. It is our wont to go Christmas week ...

Family Gives Shelter Dog With Inoperable Cranial Tumor The Gift Of A Lifetime

Robyn Arouty | Posted 01.01.2016 | Good News
Robyn Arouty

"I wasn't sure what to expect from this poor boy and was preparing myself for a very lethargic and slow moving pup. Well, to my utter surprise, in walks Adalard, nub wagging, bounce in his step, and ready to receive and give love."

Shy Shelter Dog's Reaction To Getting Adopted Is The Definition Of Joy On Earth

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 12.23.2015 | Good News

A shy shelter dog turned into a jumping, tail-wagging bundle of joy when he was adopted by a loving family.  Benny, an 8-month-old pit bull, was ...

Telling the Full Story of America's Animal Shelters

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While some reasonable estimates exist, the true number of U.S. animals sheltered at a national level has never actually been counted, much less shared. This lack of clarity severely impedes our ability to best serve our country's homeless animals.

New Study Spotlights Need To Help People Keep Their Pets

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

One of the most telling discoveries from the study was that people with incomes below $50,000 were significantly more likely than their wealthier counterparts to re-home animals due to cost and housing issues. They were also more likely to re-home all pets in the household at once.

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...