An open-admission shelter in the South opens its mind to new ways to save cats

April 27, 2017

Cats: The final frontier. This is the voyage of a shelter in Greenville County, South Carolina, as told by its captain, Shelly Simmons, CAWA. Its mission: To explore strange new ideas (like community cat diversion), to seek out new and exciting ways of thinking for their staff, volunteers, and community; to boldly go where their […]

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The stray-hold debate for cats: One shelter director’s perspective

February 28, 2017

In a recent discussion on the Million Cat Challenge YahooGroup prompted by questions from Challenge co-founder Dr. Julie Levy, Sue Cosby-Jennings, former executive director of theĀ Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia, shared her experience with stray holds. Her focus was on their impact on cats in her large, open admission shelter that had limited […]

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Turning on a dime: The small price of change

January 26, 2017

It’s no secret cats love paper bags… but that’s not all they have in common. Find out what we mean in this post from Million Cat Challenge co-founder Dr. Kate Hurley. As I write this, there are big changes in the air. A few days ago we saw the inauguration of a new president of […]

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Webinar: How your animal shelter can save cats by helping people

January 9, 2017

How would you like to increase the number of cats whose lives your animal shelter saves by 70 percent or more? That’s what the Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard, Ohio, did, by implementing a number of innovative programs that allowed each cat in need of help to receive the exact services that individual cat […]

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ICYMI: How to deal with a deluge of kittens in your shelter

November 10, 2016

An animal shelter isn’t a good place for kittens too young to be adopted, whether they’re orphaned or not. What if you could inspire the community to step up and care for these fragile little lives until they were 8 weeks old? They’re doing just that at Miami-Dade Animal Services, and Chief Veterinarian Dr. Maria […]

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ICYMI: How a telephone can keep pets in their homes and out of your shelter!

October 12, 2016

Just because someone is having pet problems doesn’t mean the shelter is the best place for that pet. Often, pet owners just need some support: behavior help, food, assistance with veterinary bills, tips on pets-allowed housing. As part of their implementation of the Alternatives to Intake initiative, the San Francisco SPCA operates a comprehensive call […]

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