Smart Sheltering for Small Municipalities

Smart Sheltering for Small Municipalities

Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Control shelter in Huntington, West Virginia serves the residents of Huntington City and Cabell and Wayne Counties, about 100,000 people. We are big fans of municipalities that join together to pool resources and create a quality shelter like HCWAC. It’s smart sheltering. The shelter began in 1979 and functioned like a…

Operation Underdog is a Rescue Model for Saving Dogs Who Need Us Most

Operation Underdog is a Rescue Model for Saving Dogs Who Need Us Most

Operation Underdog is a foster-based rescue that saves the hardest dogs to save –those with serious medical needs, difficult behavioral challenges, and seniors – the dogs least likely to be rescued or adopted – the underdogs of the animal shelter world. As Elizabeth, one of their founders put it, “They need us more than others…

New River Humane Society Moves Out But Will Rescue On

New River Humane Society Moves Out But Will Rescue On

County shelters come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and models, but most boil down to two basic options. A county shelter run by county employees or a county shelter that contracts a nonprofit to run their shelter. And here a little sidebar: Not all counties have public shelters. Until they do (or join…

What We Learned Touring Twelve Shelters
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What We Learned Touring Twelve Shelters

Every shelter tour is hard, amazing, inspiring, heartbreaking, and exhausting, but I always learn more about the crisis of so many unwanted dogs in our country. This time we made 12 shelter visits in four states, bringing our total shelter visits to 95! Over the next few months, I will share the stories of the…

Roanoke’s Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection is a Model for Small County Animal Shelters

Roanoke’s Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection is a Model for Small County Animal Shelters

It’s a pipe dream that every county in every southern state should have a progressive animal shelter that functions as a community resource and adoption center. There are simply too many small counties and too many stretched budgets. Instead, many southern states opt for the dog pound model. They call these facilities ‘shelters,’ but too…

A Tale of Two Shelters
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A Tale of Two Shelters

Private animal shelters often are built near public shelters to do the job that the tax-payer funded shelter is not. They literally rescue dogs from the public shelter. Why is more not expected from a government run shelter? Why do citizens pay for two shelters – one with their taxes and the other with their donations (and hearts)? And why, pray tell, do we allow this to go on?

September Newsletter

September Newsletter

THANK YOU!!! Thank you for making our first Online Auction such a success – donors, buyers, volunteers, and most especially Lindsay Kohr, who headed up our auction, and Karen Alden and Becky Zarrella who helped her with everything! We learned a lot and are already making plans for next year. Special thanks to the following…

The Shelter Belongs to the Community at Fitzgerald, Georgia
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The Shelter Belongs to the Community at Fitzgerald, Georgia

Shelter in Focus: Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Humane Society “This place belongs to the community; everything in here, including the animals, belongs to the community,” Nancy told us when we arrived at the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Humane Society. Nancy Chambliss is the Animal Care Assistant (although after spending some time with her that title simply does…