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

Joan K. Smith | Posted 08.29.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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.

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.

The Hawaii Island Humane Society's Big Leap Into the Future

Judy Wieder | Posted 03.18.2014 | Hawaii
Judy Wieder

Twenty years ago I knew no one with any answers; today it hardly matters, as the feral hundreds have grown into hundreds of thousands.

Animal Lovers Need Not Apply

Nathan J. Winograd | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Nathan J. Winograd

Ending the routine and casual killing of animals will not only save the lives of four million animals every year, but it will bring decency and compassion to our nation's shelters where these virtues are in tragically short supply.

Life Is Full of Pawsibilities: Dogs and Their Owners Tell How They Met

Heather Hummel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Heather Hummel

When I was fostering, curious people wanted to know how I was able to give up my foster dogs. In time, they willingly and excitedly found their way into the hearts and homes of their new owners. With each wet-nosed kiss goodbye, I learned that that life really is full of pawsibilities.

Operation Chihuahua Flies Homeless Pups First Class

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.14.2013 | Good News

Nine of San Francisco’s homeless chihuahuas were treated to a red carpet and first class flight treatment this morning -- a swankier ride than most ...

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.

How Anyone Could Keep Mistreating These Poodles Is Beyond Us

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.10.2013 | Green

Animal welfare authorities are looking to catch someone who has been dumping mistreated poodles at a strip mall pet supply store. Dirty, matted, cover...

Brother, Can You Spare a MilkBone?

Marc Joseph | Posted 12.04.2013 | Impact
Marc Joseph

Helping to support animals in need is the core of our decency. These innocent animals give us much happiness; let's do everything we can to eliminate their pain and suffering and get them into loving homes.

HSUS Tells Animal Shelters: Go Ahead and Kill Animals if You Want

Nathan J. Winograd | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Nathan J. Winograd

We now have a proven solution to shelter killing and it is not difficult, expensive nor beyond practical means to achieve. And the large national animal protection groups should be working feverishly to ensure that the model is replicated in every community in the country. But they are not.