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Shelter Dogs

But They Said He Was Good With Other Animals and Kids

Julie LeRoy | Posted 09.01.2015 | Good News
Julie LeRoy

Of course we all know a dog is more adoptable if he gets along with kids and other animals, and we don't want to withhold important information from potential adopters, but is it possible that we judge the dog based on an initial surrender evaluation?

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.

No, It's Not All How They're Raised

Trish McMillan Loehr | Posted 08.24.2015 | Good News
Trish McMillan Loehr

Please, pit bull lovers, stop saying "it's all how they're raised." I know you mean well. But if you truly believe "it's all how they're raised," no stray shelter dog or abused dog would be safe to place in a home.

5 Ways to Help Pit Bull-Type Dogs

Francis Battista | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Francis Battista

That pit bulls have an image problem is an understatement and that translates into a shelter adoption problem that leaves many pit bull-type dogs to languish and perish in American animal shelters. So how can you help?

Intimate Portraits Of Shelter Volunteers Reveal A Special Kind Of Love

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 08.24.2015 | HuffPost Home

Jesse Freidin has spent the past year taking photos at animal shelters. But his subjects of focus are not dogs or cats. They're the humans. ...

Beautiful Photos Of Shelter Dogs Land Them Permanent, Loving Homes

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 07.31.2015 | HuffPost Home

Every year, more than six million dogs and cats enter animal shelters as temporary housing.  The ones who hang around longer than the quickl...

9 Very Good Reasons To Adopt A Mutt

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 07.31.2015 | HuffPost Home

There are no bones about it, dogs can exponentially improve the world in which we live. Pooches have the power to help you stay physically fit, d...

Amazing Shelter Dog Transformations -- These Pups Get a New Start

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.23.2015 | Good News
Jeryl Brunner

Little Boo was found abandoned on the side of the road soaking wet, smelly and weighing just 2.8 pounds. Because she was so matted, her back legs were stuck to her stomach and she couldn't walk. A few weeks after she was cleaned up, Boo was adopted to a loving and permanent home.

How to Leave Your Separation-Anxiety-Ridden Dog Home Alone in 43 Easy Steps

Stephanie Land | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
 Stephanie Land

After having her with us for a couple of weeks, we discovered she, understandably, did not like being left at home alone. I empathized with this completely, knowing how stressful the first three years of her life had been before finding us.

Our Rescue Dog Was The Addition To My Family I Never Knew We Needed

Stephanie Land | Posted 06.16.2015 | Divorce
 Stephanie Land

I'd tried to talk myself out of this many times. I knew this could go very, very badly in quite a number of ways. But I saw too much of myself in this dog. I knew what she needed. We had that understanding already.

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.

These Dogs Are Shaking Paint Everywhere For All The Right Reasons

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green

Forget Beethoven. For these pups, it's perfectly all right to shake to their hearts' content. A new art campaign called Canismo has given creat...

Libby The Pit Bull Survived Death Row And Is Becoming A Police Dog

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.11.2015 | Good News

Against all odds, this pup has persevered. Libby the pit bull is about to complete her training as a drug detection dog. She'll be working in the ...

Blind Dogs Are Getting A Second Chance Thanks To This Simple Device

The Huffington Post | Alexa Liacko | Posted 04.21.2015 | Good News

One woman’s desire to help her 12-year-old blind poodle inspired her to create a device that protects vision-impaired dogs. Now, the device is b...

Rescue Road Trip Finds Shelter Dogs Forever Homes

HooplaHa | Posted 06.08.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

There is an abundance of shelter dogs in the deep south. That's why Greg Mahle founded a transport service called Rescue Road Trip to relieve these unwanted dogs from their death sentence and ship them north to the arms of loving and eager canine owners.

Pilots Donate Time, Fuel To Fly Dogs Facing Euthanasia To Rescue Shelters

The Associated Press | Sue Manning | Posted 04.09.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For some dogs, a chance at the good life takes off when the pilots do. Thousands of pooches facing euthanasia — some just ho...

Shelter Dogs In California Find Forever Homes Faster Thanks To DNA Tests

The Associated Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it'...

Shelter Uses DNA Tests To Spur Adoptions Of Unique Breeds

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it'...

7 Reasons People Dump Their Dog

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

When I hear someone badmouthing their dog's behavior, I wonder what they do when an appliance breaks. Usually when things breakdown, people call a repairman who identifies the problem, fixes the issue, and disappears into the night.

These Photos of Shelter Dogs as Famous Authors Are Awesome

Jen Reeder | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

I'm an English major, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and big fan of animal rescue, so my heart did cartwheels when I heard about "Poetic Dogs."

How A Single Photograph Can Help Save The Life Of A Shelter Dog

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green

For thousands of shelter animals around the world, a single picture can be the defining factor between adoption, or death. During a visit to Cyrpus...

Arin Greenwood

Dr. Laura Says Pit Bulls 'Should All Be Put Down,' Learns Dog Lovers Feel Otherwise

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.29.2014 | Green

In a recent segment about how to avoid loneliness, sometimes shocking SiriusXM radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger suggested that all pit bull...

Help These Adorable Dogs Find Their Forever Homes By Christmas

Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment

For many pups -- like Bo, the Obama’s adorable, frisbee-loving Portuguese water dog, or Insta-famous Manny the French Bulldog -- it truly is a dog...

VP Biden's Son Beau Adopts Mississippi Shelter Pup

AP | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green

EUPORA, Miss. (AP) — A dog abandoned in Mississippi has a new home with the vice president's son — Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. ...

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...