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Wednesday April 1st, 2020

Steal This! What the Nation’s Largest Shelter Pet Foster Program Wants You to Know About Finding Fosters during COVID-19

PACC wants you to ‘steal’ these ideas and make them your own. Because they work!

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Tuesday March 31st, 2020

Shelters have emptied their kennels, so now what?

Every day, we receive dozens of photos like these - empty kennels that prove, without a doubt, the community IS the solution. In reality, the answer was always there.

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Monday March 30th, 2020

Balancing the Two Ninety Percentiles in Human and Animal Welfare: 90% Social Distance with 90%+ Shelter Lifesaving

We can accomplish a 90% reduction in social activities, while maintaining the goal of a live outcome for every animal in shelters, but how? Read this explanation by Dr. Ellen Jefferson.

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Monday March 30th, 2020

NACA Statement on Essential Animal Services During COVID-19 WITH AmPA! Links

NACA released a statement asserting that animal services should be considered essential public service, and therefore should continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But what services may be considered essential? Use the AmPA! Preparedness Guide of...

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Saturday March 28th, 2020

Because Not Feeling Alone Makes this Crisis a lot Easier.

As this global pandemic worsens, what will happen to homeless pets and those entering our shelters?

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Wednesday March 25th, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Digest | Tuesday, March 24

The most current, up-to-date, shelter and rescue info at-a-glance.

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Our Collective Responsibility to Homeless Pets During COVID 19
Wednesday March 25th, 2020

Our Collective Responsibility to Homeless Pets During COVID-19

In this moment of fear and uncertainty, and trepidation about what will happen for pets and people in the coming months, there is also an outpouring of love, kindness and compassion happening that is changing everything.

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Tuesday March 24th, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Digest | Monday, March 23

The most current, up-to-date, shelter and rescue info at-a-glance.

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Tuesday March 24th, 2020

Getting to Yes! Making Great Matches Between Pets and People

This webinar will help you increase adoptions in your organization by making adoption easy for everyone!

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Monday March 23rd, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Digest | Sunday, March 22

The most current, up-to-date, shelter and rescue info at-a-glance.

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Saturday March 21st, 2020

How has COVID-19 Affected Shelters and Rescues?

If you run a shelter or rescue, or if you know a shelter in need of help, this is for you.

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Friday March 20th, 2020

But Pets Don’t Get COVID-19? Why Animal Shelters Need Us Now More Than Ever

According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s most recent update, “There is no evidence that companion animals including dogs and cats can spread COVID-19.” So, if pets can't get or give us the virus, why are animal shelters asking for...

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Friday March 20th, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Digest | Thursday, March 19

The most current, up-to-date, shelter and rescue info at-a-glance.

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Making Sense of Cat Intake Protocols During COVID
Thursday March 19th, 2020

Making Sense of Cat Intake Protocols During COVID

AmPA! released recommendations regarding feline intake, and they are what we believe are in the best interest for cats during this pandemic.

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Thursday March 19th, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Digest | Wednesday, March 18

The most current, up-to-date, shelter and rescue info at-a-glance.

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Wednesday March 18th, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Digest | Tuesday, March 17

The most current, up-to-date, shelter and rescue info at-a-glance.

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Fundraising During COVID 19 Outbreak in 6 Easy Steps
Tuesday March 17th, 2020

Fundraising During the COVID-19 Outbreak in 6 Easy Steps

Many have asked about continuing fundraising during the COVID-19 outbreak, and the answer is a resounding YES.

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Tuesday March 17th, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Digest | Monday, March 16

The most current, up-to-date, shelter and rescue info at-a-glance.

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Monday March 16th, 2020

Open Fostering: Removing Barriers to Fostering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event and shelters and rescues must act urgently to place as many pets in foster homes as possible.

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Thursday March 12th, 2020

Engage Fosters in COVID-19: Easy Steps to Share with Your Community to Save Lives

Tell your community the easiest way to sign up to foster, when and if you need them.

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Love in the Time of Parvo
Friday February 21st, 2020

Love in the Time of Parvo

Love sometimes finds us in the most unexpected places. In the case of Dr. Nipuni Ratnayaka and Dr. Kevin Horecka, it was volunteering at the Parvo Puppy ICU at Austin Pets Alive!.

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Friday February 14th, 2020

Goodbye Licensing, Hello Microchips: 5 Steps Albuquerque Took to Change an Outdated Law

Adam Ricci of the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department replaced the decades-old mandatory licensing law with microchips to do just that. Do you have a mandatory licensing law you are looking to change in your community?

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Saturday February 8th, 2020

How Foster Programs grew up to 527,600% Thanks to Maddie’s Apprenticeships

Can teaching foster care increase the number of animals that go to foster homes? The answer is yes and we have the data to prove it!

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4 Effective and Inexpensive Ways to Save Cats with URI
Thursday February 6th, 2020

4 Effective and Inexpensive Ways to Save Cats with URI

Is your community saving all the URI cats?

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Wednesday February 5th, 2020

Ringworm Myths Broken: Send Them Home!

Do you let ringworm cats leave your shelter while they are still contagious? This webinar will teach you how to let them go home tomorrow!

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Sunday February 2nd, 2020

Austin Pets Alive! and the Birth of a No Kill Vision

American Pets Alive! is the national education and outreach division of Austin Pets Alive!. This blog is the story of how both came to be.

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Friday January 24th, 2020

The Easy Guide for Adoption and Foster Best Practices

If you want to save more lives in your shelter or rescue, you don’t have to ‘re-invent the wheel.’ Here are the best practices being followed by the most successful lifesaving shelters.

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Thursday January 16th, 2020

Kick Ass Director Q&A: Mara Hartsell, Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter

Dr. Ellen Jefferson sat down with Maddie's Lifesaving Academy student and Director of Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter, Mara Hartsell to talk about how she's transforming her shelter to save more lives.

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10 Shelters That Kicked Ass in 2019
Monday January 6th, 2020

10 Shelters That Kicked Ass in 2019

These ten shelters kicked ass in 2019. Will you make the 2020 list?

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The Best Shelter Employees Display These Six Traits
Wednesday January 1st, 2020

The Best Shelter Employees Display These Six Traits

Spot your best shelter employees by looking for these six traits.

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Tuesday December 31st, 2019

8 Tips to Recruit More Foster Homes

You can recruit more foster homes by applying these tips today.

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Monday December 23rd, 2019

What is the American Pets Alive! Research Committee?

Have you heard of the American Pets Alive! Research Committee? Whether you have or haven't, you're probably wondering what it is.

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Tuesday December 17th, 2019

Top 5 Ways to Engage Your Community During The Holidays

'Tis the season to engage your community! Here are a few ways to do that.

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Tuesday December 10th, 2019

Three Simple Steps to Take Charge of Your Shelter or Rescue’s Workplace Culture

This step by step guide will lead your shelter or rescue to creating the workplace culture of your dreams.

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Wednesday December 4th, 2019

Make This One Change and Watch Your Whole Shelter Transform

What's the easiest way animal shelters could start saving more lives today? You probably did NOT guess this.

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Tuesday November 26th, 2019

Transport Programs: How to Find & Cultivate Successful Rescue Partnerships

Does your community struggle to keep up with the number of animals entering your local shelter? Check out this webinar on transport programs!

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Thursday November 21st, 2019

Finders Keepers: How Jacksonville Humane Partnered with Private Vet Clinics to Keep Kittens Out of the Shelter

Jacksonville Humane Society has increased the safety net for orphaned neonatal kittens with their ‘found to foster’ and Kitten Krusaders programs.

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Wednesday November 6th, 2019

Texas Shelter Questions Killing; AmPA! Helps Save 26 Dogs

Joining the community of Palestine, Texas, we celebrate the changes made by the BARC Humane Society. When shelter leaders openly accept new ideas and make the choice to implement lifesaving solutions to stop the unnecessary deaths of shelter pets, we...

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Friday November 1st, 2019

Onboard Lifesaving: Shelter Jargon

In Shelter Jargon, we define over 30 of the most common terms used in animal shelters today.

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Tuesday October 22nd, 2019

Don't Fear FeLV: Feline Leukemia as the Next Frontier of Feline Lifesaving

Listen and learn from feline leukemia experts Monica Frenden and Natascha Hamman on the next frontier of feline lifesaving: FeLV cats.

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Saturday October 19th, 2019

Turning No Kill Lessons into Law

Now, in a first ever move, Austin became became a model for complete transparency with the public. Austin City Council passed the most comprehensive set of laws to protect animals in the country.

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Monday October 7th, 2019

Surprise! This Overlooked Group of Pets May Be Your Most Adoptable

Many organizations are still struggling to get senior and geriatric pets adopted or fostered. Here are some easy, proven ways to reduce length of stay and increase the live release rate of your older pets.

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Saturday September 28th, 2019

Rescues to the Rescue: 13 Ideas to Increase Lifesaving and Engagement in Your Community

What is the role of rescue groups in lifesaving? In part 1 of this 2 part series, we share 13 ideas for rescue groups to increase lifesaving and engagement in their communities.

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Wednesday September 25th, 2019

Saving FeLV Cats: Your FeLV Questions Answered

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on FeLV.

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Friday September 20th, 2019

5 Reasons to Send Ringworm Pets to Foster and Adoptive Homes

Ringworm should never be reason for euthanizing pets, but it should also not hold shelters or rescues back from sending pets to foster or adoptive homes. 

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Wednesday September 18th, 2019

Want to be a No Kill Leader?

If you have the passion and drive to build a future in which homeless pets’ lives are protected in shelters, you need to find a job where your lifesaving ideas will receive support from your leadership.

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Friday September 13th, 2019

Nine Groups of Savable Pets Still At Risk in Most Animal Shelters

In an average animal shelter, you are likely to hear from staff and leadership that they are saving most, if not all of the, ‘healthy and treatable’ animals in their care. Sadly, in the majority of shelters, animals that are classified as ‘unhealthy ...

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Wednesday September 11th, 2019

AmPA! How To: The Basics of Building Your Social Media Presence

Social media has become essential not only to your brand awareness, but to the continued functioning of your organization. It provides an extremely beneficial – and necessary – outlet to fundraise, recruit volunteers, and gain general supporters.

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Friday September 6th, 2019

What should your community’s animal shelter be sharing publicly?

As we move towards a more transparent model of sheltering, data sharing is essential; not only to preserving one’s reputation, but also ensuring that as many lives as possible are being saved.

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Friday August 23rd, 2019

How We Keep Cats From Losing Their Marbles While They Wait for Their Home

On any given day, we have 250 to 1,000 cats in our custody, with up to 400 housed at Pima Animal Care Center and the rest in foster homes. Here are a few of the ways we keep cats and kittens happy and healthy while they live in our shelter.

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Monday August 19th, 2019

How We Keep Dogs From Losing Their Marbles While They Wait for Their Home

At Pima Animal Care Center, the average length of stay in the shelter for a dog is about 12 days. However, some of our big dogs could wait for several months before being adopted – so we’ve tailored our shelter program to keep the 350 to 450 dogs hou...

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Friday August 16th, 2019

How You Can Keep Pets Cool During High Temps

With temperatures from coast to coast hitting over 100 degrees this week, finding ways to keep pets safe in the heat is a top priority! Heat can be dangerous for dogs and cats and even result in heat stroke. Whether you work or volunteer in a shelter...

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Saturday August 10th, 2019

7 Ways Animal Care Can Help With Housing Crises

Housing crises exist all over the United States: from the Bay Area of California to the gulf coast of Florida. The lack of housing for people, coupled with the ability for property owners and managers to limit pets, increases the likelihood of pets e...

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Friday July 26th, 2019

AmPA! Helps Rusk County Transform Parvo Program

On May 22, Rusk County Pets Alive (RCPA) contacted American Pets Alive! (AmPA!) with an urgent request to assist with a suspected parvovirus outbreak in their city’s shelter. With lives on the line, AmPA! extraordinaires Jordana Moerbe and Jessica Po...

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Wednesday July 24th, 2019

Public Information Request 101: Get the Information You Need

Do you want or need to access data or information from an animal shelter? Writing a public information request is easier than you think. Learn how in just 10 minutes!

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Thursday July 11th, 2019

AmPA! and APA! Staff Members Named Shelter Medicine Heroes for FeLV Stewardship

In June, 2019, Monica Frenden, Maddie's Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive!, and Natascha Hamman, FeLV Program Manager at Austin Pets Alive!, were named Shelter Medicine Heroes by the Association of Animal Welfare Advancement and Id...

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Tuesday July 9th, 2019

Five Undeniable Signs that Foster Really is the Future of Animal Welfare

One of the many positive changes includes the way we house animals in our care, as shelters are becoming gradually more foster-centric. Eventually, foster care will be recognized as more than a luxury program and will become a foundation of our work.

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Tuesday July 2nd, 2019

Driving Up the Convenience: Pima Animal Care Center Offers Drive-Thru Style Microchipping

In just two weeks, over 800 dogs and cats were microchipped through the drive-thru clinic at Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona. The shelter anticipates that over 1,000 animals will be chipped in total during the two week pop-up event ending ...

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Monday June 24th, 2019

#Savetheroosters: Lifesaving Protocol for Placing Former Fighting Roosters

In 2016, Austin Animal Center decided to try to rehome 26 fighting roosters. They set out to save even just one rooster and asked the community for help. Within six hours of making these former fighting birds available, every single rooster was adopt...

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Thursday May 30th, 2019

What is No Kill?

No Kill means every pet’s life is worth saving. No exceptions. The authors? A group of expert, lifesaving animal shelter directors from around the country. The goal? Create an expansive definition for No Kill to carry us into the future.

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Friday May 24th, 2019

“Why did it take so long for us to realize that killing animals is not the solution?" El Paso Animal Services Director reflects on lifesaving change

In just over a year, El Paso Animal Services Director, Paula Powell has turned the municipal shelter into a beacon of hope for the more than 27,000 cats and dogs who come through its doors each year. Powell, who had managed the parks department in El...

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Tuesday May 21st, 2019

Should we use the term No Kill?

To some people, No Kill means saving 90% of pets who enter a shelter. Others think it means only saving pets considered ‘treatable’ and ‘healthy,’ or that only closed-admission shelters can be No Kill. Some critics of the term argue that it’s so mis...

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Friday May 17th, 2019

How to convince your boss that you should attend the American Pets Alive! Conference in 2020.

Ready to take the next step? Let your team know how essential the American Pets Alive! Conference is, and why you should be there to learn how to take your community to the next level of lifesaving?

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Friday May 10th, 2019

We Asked the Experts: What Traits Do You Look for When Hiring Shelter Leadership?

We asked a group of top lifesaving shelter directors to tell us what they look for when selecting people for leadership roles in their organizations. Here is what they’re looking for when hiring new leaders to manage their organizations.

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Sunday April 28th, 2019

529,733 and counting! Join the AmPA! Shelter Animals Count Coalition

Every year, American Pets Alive! teaches thousands of animal shelter directors, staff, volunteers and advocates how to save more animal lives. In 2019, at the AmPA! Conference alone, we hosted hundreds of attendees who together represented 33 state...

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Monday April 22nd, 2019

How much is enough? What to expect from your foster and volunteer coordinators

How many volunteers do you need to achieve your mission? Can one foster coordinator really send 1,000 pets to foster in a year? Learn what high performing foster and volunteer coordinators achieve and what you should expect from these two, critical p...

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Wednesday April 17th, 2019

Could We Get Sued for That? An Introduction to Managing Liability Risks at Animal Shelters & Rescues

Could We Get Sued for That? An Introduction to Managing Liability Risks at Animal Shelters & Rescues provides insight into some of the biggest questions our industry faces. Repeatedly named a Texas “Super Lawyer” in Texas Monthly magazine, Ryan Clin...

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Monday April 15th, 2019

Meet the Next Top Model. And learn why dogs like her will one day be safe.

Jackie sure knows how to strike a pose, doesn’t she? Despite Jackie’s good looks and her bubbly personality, she's been overlooked by adopters at Gateway Pet Guardians (GPG) in St. Louis for far too long.

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Tuesday April 9th, 2019

5 ways to become a No Kill advocate

So, you want to be a No Kill advocate, but don’t know where to start? You have come to the right place! At American Pets Alive! (AmPA!) we know that everyone can be a No Kill hero.

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Friday March 29th, 2019

What's New, Pussycat? How Shelters Across the Country Are Learning to Save Cats With Feline Leukemia

At American Pets Alive!, we know that there are countless unnecessary deaths occurring in animal shelters across the country.

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Thursday March 28th, 2019

The Transparency Checklist: How to Know if Your Community’s Animal Shelter is Truly Transparent

Inspired by Kristen Auerbach's 2019 presentation at the American Pets Alive! Conference The word...

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Thursday March 21st, 2019

What Was Your Match? A Single Spark Can Start a Movement

Fourth-century philosopher St. Augustine once said that hope has two ingredients—anger and courage. Anger at the way things are, and the courage to make a change.

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