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When Animal Adoption Becomes a Chore: An Insider's Perspective

Pam Townsend | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Pam Townsend

As I methodically and meticulously filled out the multi-page adoption form, diligently answering questions ranging from where my dog would sleep and what food I would feed her, it never for a moment crossed my mind that my application would be denied. Why would it?

Volunteers Rescue Cats From Hawaii Lava Flow

AP | Posted 02.25.2015 | Green

HILIO, Hawaii (AP) -- An animal rescue group is taking in stray cats near an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http...

Arin Greenwood

Horror: Dog Found Eating Another Dog At City-Run Animal Shelter | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.15.2015 | Crime

Abe Thomas says he was visiting an Oklahoma animal control facility with the intention of adopting a dog. But what he found was a gruesome sight that ...

450 Dogs Surround Life-Saving Secret Santa

Janet Kinosian | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Janet Kinosian

Yes, heroes are everywhere, but there are heroes and then there are HEROES. And for stray animals in Eastern Europe, these people are super-heroes.

TV Event Aims To Help Thousands Of Dogs Find Homes

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a di...

People & Other Animals: Who Rescued Who?

Ken White | Posted 12.22.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

On occasion, someone will send me a story which needs a larger audience and nothing else from me. This is such a story, sent (along with the photo) from Anne Sallot.

We Love Shelter Pets! According To This Report, You Do Too

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.15.2014 | Good News

Shelter pets are the best! You know it, we know it and a new report shows we're far from alone in holding -- possibly also hugging and cuddling -- thi...

How Tanzy the Paraplegic Kitten Surprised Everyone

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.29.2014 | Good News
Brandi Megan Granett

When Tanzy first came to Tabby's Place, no one knew whether or not she would survive the animal attack that left the day old kitten without the use of her back legs.

These People Do The Dirty Work That Keeps Rescue Animals Happy And Healthy

Associated Press | Sue Manning | Posted 09.26.2014 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Help Wanted: No pay, hours can be lousy, and sometimes it stinks. That plea from animal shelters and rescues across the countr...

From Killer Looks to No-Kill to Nabbing a Kitten Killer: The Barbi Twins Connect the Dots to Save Animals

Joan K. Smith | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

What do stray cats and the ocean have to do with each other? Quite a bit in the current work of Shane and Sia Barbi, better known as the Barbi Twin...

This Abandoned Puppy Used To Fear Human Touch. Now He Can't Get Enough Lovin'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.26.2014 | Good News

Sometimes a little TLC can go a long way. Just ask Finn. The formerly homeless puppy still had baby teeth when the team at Hope for Paws discovered...

People In North Texas Just Adopted More Than 2,200 Animals In One Day

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green

More than 2,200 cats and dogs were reportedly adopted from animal shelters across North Texas on Saturday as part of "Empty the Shelter Day" — a pet...

'Dire' Overcrowding At NYC Animal Shelters

| Posted 08.18.2014 | Green

By Ben Fractenberg MIDTOWN — The city’s Animal Care & Control shelters are suffering from “dire” overcrowding after their online list of ...

First City in Iran to Ban Killing Stray Dogs and the Woman Behind It

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Negar Mojtahedi

Shooting stray dogs is common practice in Iran. However, now the northwestern city of Tabriz has become the first and only city in the country to outlaw killing street dogs. It's all thanks to the efforts of one Iranian woman who is campaigning for those who can't speak for themselves.

No Kill No Problem: The Story of Austin Pets Alive! Part 4

Dawn Erin | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Dawn Erin

As Executive Director of APA!, Jefferson lives and breathes No-Kill's "save them all" philosophy. She felt horrible that she had gotten it wrong this time. The foster volunteer was, understandably very upset as well. But she was also angry and filed a complaint against Jefferson with the Texas Veterinary Board.

These Elementary School Students Will Totally Persuade You To Adopt A Dog Right Now

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents

Recently adopted cats and dogs from a Baltimore animal shelter may have a group of local fourth-graders to thank for their new homes. As part of a ...

Actor Ken Wahl's Second Calling: Animals for Disabled Vets

Joan K. Smith | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

Ken Wahl says that his current activism is the most rewarding thing he's ever done, far beyond his acting career or Hollywood stardom. And he's not giving up soon.

City Pound Allegedly Killed 2 Dogs By Accident

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Robert Herguth/BGA and Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green

This story is courtesy of the ...

This 9-Year-Old Built A Nonprofit, No-Kill Animal Shelter Out Of His Garage To Help Stray Animals

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 05.15.2014 | Good News

Ken, 9, has grown up dreaming about someday having a shelter to help the stray animals that live near his home, but he never dreamed he could reach hi...

A Tale Of One Pit Bull And His Bond With Shelter Volunteers

The Huffington Post | Brianna Elliott | Posted 04.18.2014 | Green

Pit bulls can form incredible bonds with their owners, but it's not just families they positively impact. Two former shelter volunteers from Animal...

Artist Mark Barone's Portrait Project: 5,500 Shelter Dogs Who Are Gone, But Will Never Be Forgotten

Joan K. Smith | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

Very few animals who enter the shelter system come out alive; instead, a high proportion are euthanized, often in horrific gas chambers, in spite of volunteer networks scurrying to place adoptable shelter dogs in homes before their short time runs out.

What About a Cat?

Stanley Ely | Posted 05.03.2014 | New York
Stanley Ely

Aside from simply liking them, my partiality to cats stems from being too lazy to undertake the care required for a dog. Also, I get attached in a flash, and if I stop to pet a dog on the street and hate to leave, I foresee that were I to have one at home, I'd have no life left.

Bigfoot's Valentine

Ken White | Posted 04.14.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

The easiest blog post for me to write is the one I do each year around Valentine's Day. Yes, of course, we deal with a great deal of sadness and real drama in the world of animal shelters, but love is quite literally here in the air.

The Miracle of Asha

Pam Townsend | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Pam Townsend

In animal rescue, we're always praying for miracles. But I'm beginning to think that even when we don't get the miracles we hope for, we sometimes still receive reasons to rejoice... although we may not realize it at the time.

The Future Five: Animal Shelters Get Support for Lifesaving Program

Becky Robinson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Becky Robinson

As TNR makes headway in animal control agencies and shelters nationwide, more shelters are interested in learning how to protect cats in their own communities.