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“Shelby’s Story” by Alicia Levin

In June 2015, my husband and I adopted our first dog, a lab/pit mix puppy we named Shelby. Two years later, we still ask ourselves: who rescued whom? We moved to Houston during a terrible flood over Memorial Day weekend 2015, the same storm that swept Shelby and her sister

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Virginia Mayor Sets Example for All Municipal Shelters by Mara Hartsell

Levar Stoney, Richmond’s youngest mayor, actively transforms the potential many see in government animal shelters, elevating them from simple “animal control” agencies to effective animal adoption facilities. In 2016, Stoney’s leadership enabled Richmond Animal Care and Control in Richmond, Virginia to reach an 89 percent save rate, up from its

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Effective Advocacy Works by Claudine Vass

Fostering, adoption, donation cannot replace advocacy! How do we strive to be the change that we wish to see in the world? There are many ways to be the change. Relating it to our companion animals, how can we as animal lovers be the change we wish to see in

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“The Bond We Share” by Sarah Travis

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” Anatole France. The bond we share with our pets is hard to describe. I was lucky enough to discover this secret joy at a young age with Cocoa, our family’s black Labrador. She celebrated my childhood delights

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You Can Do It! by Claudine Vass

Two years following its inception, Fort Bend Pets Alive! has received an invitation to be a guest on a radio show for the first time. Considering the increased attention from our community, public officials, and media friends in the recent months, I, Claudine, was nicely surprised to have the opportunity

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The Unseen Destruction of Compassion Fatigue by Mara Hartsell

What is “compassion fatigue?” Even if you’re unfamiliar with the term, you’ve likely witnessed or experienced it first-hand. Compassion fatigue may best be defined as the emotional withdrawal one experiences after working in the animal care field, whether one is a veterinarian, an animal control officer, or a rescue volunteer.

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Why We’re Here

Czech and French writer Milan Kundera once said, “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”

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