Category: Shelter Revolution

Shelters – Charity or Business?

Introduction Shelters receive an exemption from taxes because they are charities.  So why do ALL shelters act as businesses?  Can you imagine asking a family to pay for their groceries at a food shelf?  Or passing the hat down the line at a soup kitchen?  What if we made homeless


Let’s quickly review what we’ve covered so far: Communal Housing Shelter animals need to be housed “socially” while they await adoption. To do otherwise is to fight nature. Imprisoning cats and dogs in individual cages creates behaviors which add to any existing behavior problems. This makes it even harder for

Training Fosters To Rehab

In the last post we emphasized the importance of communal housing. Now it’s time to emphasize the importance of training fosters to deal with behavior issues. Shelters today are not set up to handle animals with behavior problems. In fact, as I’ve stated previously, prison-like shelters create many of these

One Last Word On Animal Prisons

I just had to take this last opportunity to really highlight how much we need to move away from caged sheltering. Today Nathan Winograd, No Kill Advocacy Center, published an article listing 10 steps to improving a shelter’s adoption efforts.  It is called Animal Sheltering 101: Turbocharging Your Adoption Program.

Communal Showrooms

Before diving into the operational details of this new model, let’s take a moment to really emphasize an important point: this new model uses communal living quarters instead of individual cages. Gone is the prison-like environment. No cages, no kennel craziness, no more solitary confinement. Just showrooms filled with calm

Animal Rescue - Animal Shelter Reform

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