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Austin Animal Center’s Awesome Year

Austin, Texas has become synonymous with no kill success. While Austin Animal Center exceeded the 90% live release rate many consider as being no kill in 2012, the shelter’s live release rate increased sharply in 2016. The shelter’s success in 2016 was spearheaded by Director of Animal Services, Tawny Hammond, and […]

Associated Humane Societies-Newark’s Poor Treatment of Plainfield’s Homeless Animals

Associated Humane Societies-Newark has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. The shelter received three terrible inspection reports over the last few months. In addition, NJ.com, PIX 11 News and News 12’s Kane in Your Corner all published/aired news stories exposing this “house of horrors.” As a result […]

2016 Dog Report Cards for New Jersey Animal Shelters

In a blog from earlier this year, I disclosed New Jersey’s depressing animal shelter statistics. This blog explains why so many dogs are losing their lives in the state’s animal shelters and whether these facilities can end the killing. Successful organizations set measurable goals and regularly monitor their performance. Examples […]

No Kill and Public Safety: A Case Study of Austin, Texas

Bonnie, a case study of the Austin Animal Center behavior protocol. Directors of killing shelters have long resisted lifesaving innovation by avoiding accountability for their own failures and claiming that saving more lives requires putting people in mortal danger. “We don’t want to adopt out animals that will turn on people,” […]

The End of Temperament Testing

It’s time to throw out the fake hand, the doll, the food bowl takeaway, and the loud knock on the door. The debate as to whether temperament testing in a shelter is effective, flawed, needs modification, or should be discarded is over. In a recent feature, the New York Times […]