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Holes in the Safety Net: An Unsheltered Pets and People Story

Holes in the Safety Net: An Unsheltered Pets and People Story

Barbara, a kind woman in her late sixties kissed her dapple long haired dachshund on the head. Attie, short for “Miss Attitude,” gave her a lick back, ...

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Fostering Love

“How do you do it?” I asked Rosie’s foster dad, Lee, when I picked up the little Jack Russell/Beagle mix to transport her to her forever home two States away. On my long journey across the country, I wondered if I’d ever have the strength to foster. “How do y ...

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Volunteer Spotlight – Lori & Sophie

We are so grateful to have Lori and Sophie on our team as a Humane Education dynamic duo, spreading kindness, compassion, and responsible pet guardianship lessons to students throughout LA. When asked what her favorite thing about teaching Humane Education is, Lori responded: “my top two ...

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Your Dog’s Best Friend

“If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” That’s how Mark Twain described New England’s fickle weather patterns. For some reason, when I think back to my childhood I don’t remember such drastic change, but I do remember the rains. The thunderstorms. The hurricane watches. Dur ...

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Where Love Was Against the Law

Although it was mid-summer, the sun was already almost to the horizon where I-70 hit the curve of the earth far in the western distance. I took a right off the interstate as instructed and found the unnamed, unmarked construction site that was to be our rendezvous place. Most transports are do ...

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Caring For Our Caregivers

“Do something nice for yourself tonight,” my friend Katya said. “Why?” I asked, oblivious to her reasoning. “Just trust me. Take care of yourself, okay.” I hung up the phone and packed my bag for a day of touring shelters in southern California. I was working on a presenta ...

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Freedom Dogs

The brindle and white sausage-shape dog with pointy ears races across what was once the countryside of France, now scorched earth. He dodges bullets, jumps over trenches, and quickly searches foxholes, his nose leading the way. Nothing can deter him from his mission of finding the wounded sold ...

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From Cruelty to Compassion: One Voice That Changed a Nation

The formidable woman stood tall in front of the slight man behind the desk. She crossed her hands in front of her, and unsmiling, and questioned him. “Mr. Waln, where are the watering stations?” The man sighed, taking off his spectacles and placing them on the desk. The sound of hors ...

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How to Make Friends and Influence Dogs

Tucker and I headed up a trail in the ancient redwood forest, enjoying the serenity of the silent wood. A brown dog with black markings around the eyes, white muzzle, and giant smile on his face came bounding around the switchback ahead of us. No human was right behind so I paused to wait for ...

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Be Kind to Animals… Always

This week marks the 104th year that the American Humane Association has led it’s Be Kind to Animals Week humane education campaign. It started as a poster campaign showing children feeding stray cats or caring for a dog to educate children about being compassionate to animals. They offered t ...

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