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Guest Post: Remembering Our Dear, Sweet, Irresponsible Grandmothers

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There are two phrases you hear a lot in animal welfare circles: “Responsible Pet Ownership” and “Irresponsible Pet Owners.” As compassionate and results-oriented leaders in the field, I asked Robert and Lori Hensley of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs to share their perspectives on these labels. In their own words…. * * * * * […]

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“Oh, the Times, They Are a-Grayin”

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“Get over here!” My husband and I were walking through Williamsburg (Brooklyn) today with our dog, Mary Todd. Brooklyn is noisy and people yell a lot. “I love dogs. Get over here!” In a sea of ironic hipster facial hair and skinny jeans, a woman with larger-than-life Dior sunglasses and a walker was calling us. She […]

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The Cronuts and Spay/Neuter Craze

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Every day in Manhattan, a line forms outside the Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo. People come to get a taste of New York City’s latest craze: “cronuts,” a cross between a croissant and a donut. The bakery doesn’t open until 8:00 am, but cronuts sell out quickly. It’s best to get in line by 6:00 am […]

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“All They Need Is Love”

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It goes like this…. “A house is not a home without a dog.” This is what we tell the 46% of American households with dogs, or the ones thinking about acquiring one. “All they need is love.” That’s the rally cry for the millions of dogs whose lives end in shelters each year. “There is […]

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Categories

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Confession: I have this freakish obsession with sorting things into categories. Organizing the clothes in my closet, putting photos into albums, arranging books on shelves…so fun!! And if you think that’s weird, you should see the pleasure I get reordering things based on new categories. Sometimes I’ll reorganize my clothes by colors instead of seasons; […]

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Putting Our Best Face Forward

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We love you, Sarah McLachlan, but there’s a new-and-improved way to market shelter dogs to adopters. Based on our industry’s latest research and best practices, here’s what’s helping shelter dogs charm their way into new homes: (1) Celebrate the ways dogs make our lives better. (2) Focus on who the dog is now; don’t dwell on or speculate about the dog’s past. (3) Ditch […]

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Guest Post: Turning a Negative into a Win-Win Opportunity

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If you’ve met Stephanie Filer of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, you know what a brilliant advocate she is for dogs and for her community. This week she totally outdid herself, turning a sticky situation into a win-win opportunity for everyone. Lucky for us, Stephanie gave me permission to share her experience here. In her […]

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“Raising Them Right” and “Bad Owners”

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A long time ago I was dating a guy, and we had reached the point in our relationship where he told his parents about me. They asked some questions: “When did you meet?” “What is she like?” “Where did she grow up?” And finally: “How was she raised?” Without getting into details, let’s just say that […]

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The Revolving Door: A Poverty Problem, Not a Pet Problem

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For years I’ve been following Lori Weise’s work with Downtown Dog Rescue in Los Angeles and her progressive approach to animal welfare has inspired me. While the rescue traditionally focused on adoption and community outreach, Lori and her team recently took on a new challenge: the “South LA Shelter Intervention Pilot Program,” which provides support […]

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Moving Beyond Breed

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On May 11, 2013, I presented a workshop at HSUS Expo titled, “Moving Beyond Breed.” My co-presenters were Stephanie Shain (Chief Operating Officer of the Washington Humane Society) and Mark Kumpf ( Director of the Animal Resource Center in Dayton, Ohio), with support from KC Theisen, Director of Pet Care Issues for HSUS. Workshop Summary: […]

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