iOS app Android app

Animal Shelter

Yes, It's Okay to Give Pets as Gifts

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

For years, puppies and kittens have been given as presents. But some shelters, breeders, and more than a few writers frown on the tradition under the unsubstantiated suspicion that someone surprised with such a gift is ill-suited to care for it. The fear is that the animal will be returned like an ugly sweater, or worse, face neglect or abuse.

Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Pet

Humane Society of New York | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Humane Society of New York

Picking the right pet can be tough. It goes beyond just getting "the cute one." You need to ask yourself some important questions before deciding. I...

Penny For Your Thoughts

Humane Society of New York | Posted 02.11.2014 | Good News
Humane Society of New York

A Note From Brownie: I used to live in a home with a loving family. I had a little human sister who would feed me treats all the time. One day, sh...

Life Is Full of Pawsibilities: Celebrating Dogs -- Young and Old

Heather Hummel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News
Heather Hummel

We have even been known to FaceTime so they can see their granddogs, much to the confusion of Julie and Stephan who look quizzically at the screen when they hear the high pitched voices calling their names.

No Kill No Problem: The Story of Austin Pets Alive!

Dawn Erin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dawn Erin

Austin, Texas now had the potential to become the largest American city to achieve No Kill status. With that in mind, the dedicated board members and volunteers set their sights on finding a physical location that APA could call home.

Six Myths About Your Community Cats

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Matthew Bershadker

Too often, our community cats and their needs are misunderstood, so it's critically important to combat myths and promote truths.

Have YOU Talked To Your Pets About Condoms?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.03.2013 | Green

It’s time to have ‘the talk.’ With your cat. The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals launched a spoof website for ...

Kathleen Miles

People Who Give Up Pets Aren't Heartless, They're Struggling | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.03.2013 | Los Angeles

It's easy to have sympathy for sad-eyed dogs that end up in shelters. But one woman also has sympathy for pet owners who can't afford to keep their fu...

Mimi & Maty to the Rescue!

Lisa Rogak | Posted 12.02.2013 | Green
Lisa Rogak

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Mimi Ausland who lived in Oregon who loved animals more than anything in the world. In fact, she loved animals SO much that she decided to start a website where people could help them with very little effort.

You and Your Shelter

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

In only 90 days, how many homeless dogs and cats do you think one local animal shelter can help find permanent homes? 100? 1,000? 2,000?

Cats in Shelters: Breaking the Vicious Circle

Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M | Posted 10.27.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M

The sad truth is that a stray cat has a better chance of finding a new home -- not to mention staying alive -- if it never sees the inside of an animal shelter.

Why Some Pets Should Be Adopted In Pairs

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green

LOS ANGELES -- Ivan, Domino and Joshua arrived together at the animal shelter when their ailing owner could no longer care for them. To get adopted, t...

Danielle Schlanger

Barking On Capitol Hill Coming From Cute Dogs, Not Lawmakers | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

Justin, a brown Shepherd-mix puppy, is an unlikely visitor to Capitol Hill. Though he spent Tuesday afternoon in the House of Representatives' Canon H...

An Island Afar

Michael Clemens | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Clemens

I am an island slowly opening up and being shown that true beauty is in vulnerability. It's loving and being loved. It's in the eyes of that little shelter dog who teaches me every day that the meaning of life is in this moment right now.

How Bono the Rescue Cat Became a Rock Star

Helen Brown | Posted 06.16.2013 | Good News
Helen Brown

Bono refused to budge from under the bed. Nobody said it was going to be easy. The whole point of fostering this cat was to accustom him to human company so he'd have a chance of finding a permanent home.

Welcome Bono: How Fostering a Cat While Visiting New York Can Be a Key to the City's Heart

Helen Brown | Posted 06.08.2013 | Books
Helen Brown

Bono was the strangest looking cat I'd ever seen. Apart from his enormous head, shaggy feet and the feather duster tip of his ridiculously long tail, he was entirely shaved.

How You Can Help Shelter Pets

Posted 03.19.2013 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Morieka Johnson: Many dogs and cats live the good life in the United States. But the prospects aren’t as good for th...

Romeo the Cat Gets to Join a Book Club

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Mary Walker Baron

We tame our dogs and our cats by inviting them into our lives, by feeding them, by sheltering them and, yes, by loving them. By so doing we become responsible for them -- forever. Let's try not to forget that forever responsibility.

Stop and Smell the Roses: Aromatherapy as Enrichment for Pets

Natasha Ashton | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

Enhance your pet's scent experience by putting your dog in a sit-stay and hiding some small treats around the house. When you're done, release her and encourage her to, "Find it!"

Shelter Dogs Deserve 'Best in Show'

Ed Sayres | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Ed Sayres

While many dog lovers will soon be watching pampered pooches strut their stuff on the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show stage, the ASPCA has this reminder: Dogs in shelters might not have a distinguished pedigree, but they are equally deserving of pomp and circumstance.

When It Comes to Rescue, Should an Animal's Origins Matter?

Pam Townsend | Posted 03.30.2013 | DC
Pam Townsend

Animals rescued from puppy mills, hoarding situations or natural disasters generate more public attention than those picked up as strays or dumped like trash on an almost daily basis at local shelters in almost every county or municipality in every state in the nation.

Pole Dancing For Dogs

Posted 01.18.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Bad economic times lead to more abandoned pets and Hurricane Sandy only made things worse. However, many homeless pets have some brand new advocates: ...

Hurricane Sandy Dog Found In Nick Of Time

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.07.2013 | Good News

Missing for weeks after Hurricane Sandy, Buster the runaway dog was nearly done away. Just hours from being put to sleep at a shelter in Brooklyn,...

PHOTOS: Pullovers For Pups

Posted 11.17.2012 | Miami

There's no telling what kind of winter South Florida will have this year. But as the Northeast getting slammed by not one but two hurricanes in two ye...

Emptying the Shelters: A Reachable Goal

Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M | Posted 01.14.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M

How would any of our newly elected politicians answer the question, "What would you do for the lives and welfare of companion animals?" Who is digging down to the root of social problems like animal abandonment?