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PHOTOS: Nurse Gives 175 Terminally Ill Cats A Loving Home

AP | By FRANKLIN BRICENO | Posted 08.21.2014 | Green

LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last coun...

A Freeway Detour

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 08.18.2014 | Fifty
Rob Hiaasen

I stopped, pulled over and walked back to the dog. He was still standing guard on the bridge. As I approached, he began barking, then jumped down behind the bridge and started to run. I turned my back and sat on the bridge to see if the dog would settle down. I was in no hurry.

Shining a Light on Shelter Myths

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

With somewhere between 5 and 7 million homeless animals entering U.S. animal shelters, it's unconscionable to suggest, as one writer did in the Washington Post, that adopting a pet from an animal shelter is a bad idea.

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

The Social PetWork: Platform Helps Boost Adoptions

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

We love digging up videos of puppies doing adorable things online. Thanks to ShelterMe.com, we can put this guilty pleasure to good use by spending time with shelter animals and sharing their photos and videos with the world.

Moving Image Shows 2 Shelter Dogs Who Turned To Each Other For Love And Companionship

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 06.30.2014 | Good News

All creatures need comfort and companionship, not just humans. A photo of two shelter dogs who, without a real home and people to love them, found ...

Denied Service Dog, Veteran Finds Life-Changing Companion At Local Shelter

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Good News
Helaina Hovitz

As Nate, 29, walked through the kennels, Otis was the only dog not barking excitedly -- he was just leaning his face against the fence and hoping for some love. Nate took the American Bulldog for a walk in the parking lot, the pup instinctively trotted straight to his car, and it was love.

I Am a Dog: Happy Mother's Day to Rescuers

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 07.08.2014 | Good News
Maggie Van Ostrand

I am Cejas the Dog. I am grateful. Dog mothers don't have to be dogs themselves. We have birth dog mothers and then we have human Dog Mothers, the beautiful, dedicated, loving volunteers at local SPCAs, city shelters, and rescue organizations.

Why These Children Are Reading to Homeless Cats

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 30 elementary school kids crawl right into the "Cat Colony" of The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania, crack open a book, and snuggle up to the strays.

No-Kill Animal Sheltering Is Coming Soon to a Community Near You

Francis Battista | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Francis Battista

In the age of social media and the transparency of everything, traditional sheltering and animal control models that essentially amount to population control by the sanctioned killing of homeless pets just do not stand up to scrutiny.

Elderly Couple 'Sick With No Money' Reunited With Beloved Dog They Were Forced To Give Up

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact

One California couple was convinced they would never see their beloved Dachshund again. But they were in for quite the surprise. When the couple co...

Why Shelter Pets Are Good for the Soul

Paul Shaffer | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Paul Shaffer

Each pet adoption experience has been different -- we've worked with a variety of foster families and shelters. But with each dog, the end result has been the same: we've been truly amazed by the amount of love and affection each has to give.

At the Shelter: Can Sensory Input Influence Adoptions?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

I'm not suggesting that we "trick" anyone into feeling like they should adopt a dog; the last thing anyone wants is adopter's remorse and a return. But there's nothing wrong with making people feel as comfortable and receptive as possible when meeting their potential new best friend.

Animal Welfare in Detroit: A View From the Trenches

Laura Reese | Posted 04.15.2014 | Detroit
Laura Reese

A minor media battle has been raging regarding the "dog count" in Detroit -- that is, determining exactly how many stray and feral dogs are roaming the city's streets.

America Is Finally Getting A Cat Cafe

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.04.2014 | Small Business

You want some kitten with that coffee? The San Francisco Bay Area is getting the United States’ first and second cat cafes, a feline phenomenon ...

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.

Apparently, You Can Teach An (17-Year) Old Dog New Tricks

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

The time Pepé spent with us gave us the unexpected gift of wonder. Watching this little dog who was abandoned at the end of his life adapt to new surroundings was wondrous in itself. But every day with him was a gift.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...