Month: September 2010

A Letter From A Shelter Manager

(The author of this letter is unknown but the letter itself has been “crossposted” throughout the rescue community on Facebook now for months.  People have a lot of differing opinions about this letter but no matter how you feel about so called “shelters” that kill and shelter managers that continue

10 Reasons Why You Should Foster A Shelter Animal

Reprinted with Permission (Note: Although this article was written with dogs in mind, you can easily apply these same general principles to cats.) There’s never a time when shelters-rescue aren’t in need of foster homes. These temporary guardians fill many dire needs – raising and socializing puppies that are too

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Polishing the Rotten Apple

It absolutely does not work! In the words of Scotlund Haisley, former director of the Washington Animal Rescue League (, As shelters, we’re working against our mission by housing animals in this environment that breeds anxiety, frustration, depression and aggression. We can no longer accept the traditional way of sheltering

Sheltering – Is That All There Is?

No-Kill sheltering, a small step forward As I wrote in my last post, the greatest roadblock to improving shelters is secrecy.  This secrecy is the product of a defensive shelter director.  Symptoms are easy to spot:  look for confidentiality agreements, fear of media coverage, anger at dissenters and an “us

The Secret World of Animal Sheltering

The veil of secrecy Before reading further take just a moment and ask yourself what is the primary cause of the needless killing in animal shelters? Don’t look ahead, think about it for a moment… My answer is secrecy. This is a crippling kind of secrecy.  It prevents asking for

Kill Them or Keep Them? The TNR and Feral Cat Colonies Discussion Begins

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), also known as Trap-Test-Vaccinate-Alter-Release (TTVAR), is a method being promoted by proponents as a humane alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing feral cat and dog populations. TNR relies on sterilization of the cats or dogs so that they don’t breed. The method has been gaining increasingly widespread