SHELTER DOGS, a documentary film by Cynthia Wade
SYNOPSIS
SCREENINGS
AWARDS AND PRESS
SUBJECT PROFILE
RESOURCES
VIDEOS AND DVDs
THE FILMMAKERS
ADVISORS
CONTACT
Resources and Links
Below are links to various organizations, articles and other references that can help you to learn more about Sheltering and Adoption, as well about how to best find and care for your own companion animal. If you are interested in getting involved and helping to raise awareness on the issues of pet overpopulation and animal homelessness, any of the organizations in the General Info section below is a great place to start.
General Information on Adoption and Animal Sheltering
The Adoption Process
Finding the Right Pet on the Internet
Spay and Neuter Information
Other Sites/Items of Interest

General Info on Adoption and Animal Sheltering
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American Humane Association (AHA)
Website:  www.americanhumane.org

The AHA's mission is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society. Not only does AHA's website cover Animal Adoption from pre- to post-, but it also provides information on such related topics as disaster relief and the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Website:  www.aspca.org

Since 1866, the mission of the ASPCA has been to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA offers national programs in humane education, public awareness, government advocacy, shelter support and animal medical services and placement, all of which are covered on their website.

In it's Pet Care and Nutrition section, the ASPCA site offers an abundance of useful information on everything from general dog/cat care to safe air travel with your pet.

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Website:  www.hsus.org

Both in the United States and abroad, HSUS is dedicated to creating a world where the human relationship with animals is guided by compassion. Through its many programs, HSUS seeks a truly humane society in which animals are respected for their intrinsic value, and where the human-animal bond is strong.

Their thorough and wide-ranging site includes a Pet Adoption Information area covering a host of adoption-related issues from general (Dog Care) to specific (Coping with the Death of Your Pet). They also have suggestions on How to Get Involved in the issues of pet overpopulation and animal homelessness, and you can sign up for the bi-weekly HSUS e-newsletter, "Pets for Life".

Petfinder
Website:  www.petfinder.com

Petfinder's zip-code-based search engine allows you to search more than 125,000 adoptable pets to find the one that's right for you. But you can also browse Petfinder's extensive Resource Library, edited by the ASPCA, post classified ads for lost or found pets, or sign up to volunteer at a nearby shelter.

Pets911
Website:  www.1888pets911.org

Not only can you find a new pet by utilizing this site's zip-code-based search engine, but you can also use it to search for a lost one. Other features include the ability to search for a pet-friendly apartment in your area and links to helpful tips on training and spay/neuter programs.

The Adoption Process
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How to Pick a Winner: Evaluating Shelter Dogs for a Safe, Friendly
and Adaptable Temperament

An article for Petfinder.com by Pat Miller.

Assessing a Shelter Dog
Courtesy of Jean Fogle. This document is in Adobe Acrobat format, and you will need the free Acrobat reader to view it. You can download the Acrobat Reader here if you do not have it installed.

Note: This article first appeared in the September 2003 issue of Dog Fancy magazine.

Adoption Tips
Includes useful information on how to interpret adoption ads and things to keep in mind when visiting shelters.

Adapted from Successful Dog Adoption by Sue Sternberg. Copyright © 2003 Wiley Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduced here by permission of the publisher. This excerpt is in Adobe Acrobat format, and you will need the free Acrobat reader to view it. You can download the Acrobat Reader here if you do not have it installed.

Selecting the Family Dog: How To Find the Dog of Your Dreams
An article for Petfinder.com by Jacque Lynn Schultz, Director, ASPCA Special Projects.

The Perfect Way to Find Your Perfect Pet
From the American Humane Association (AHA) website.

Adopting from an Animal Shelter
From the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) website.

The Adopters' Bill of Rights
By Sue Sternberg. This document is in Adobe Acrobat format, and you will need the free Acrobat reader to view it. You can download the Acrobat Reader here if you do not have it installed.

Finding the Right Pet on the Internet
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Internet Adoption Guidelines
Prepared by the ASPCA National Shelter Outreach.

Petfinder
Search Petfinder's database (with photos and descriptions) for pets in shelters across the country; search by zip code as well as pet type, breed, age, size and gender.

Pets911
Search Pets911's database (with photos and descriptions) for pets (not just dogs and cats) in shelters across the country.

Spay and Neuter Information
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Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
A question and answer guide from the American Humane Association (AHA).

Why Spay or Neuter?
An overview and guide from the ASPCA. This document is in Adobe Acrobat format, and you will need the free Acrobat reader to view it. You can download the Acrobat Reader here if you do not have it installed.

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Helpful facts about spaying and neutering from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Spay/USA
Spay / USA is a network of volunteers and veterinarians working together to popularize and facilitate spay/neuter services through a nationwide toll-free referral service.

Other Sites of Interest
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American Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
The mission of the APDT is to enhance the human-dog relationship by educating trainers, other animal professionals and the public and by advocating dog-friendly training. The organization's website offers tips on finding a trainer as well as a trainer directory.

When All Else Fails: If You Can No Longer Keep Your Dog
Options and considerations for when you feel you can no longer keep your dog.

Adapted from Successful Dog Adoption by Sue Sternberg. Copyright © 2003 Wiley Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduced here by permission of the publisher. This excerpt is in Adobe Acrobat format, and you will need the free Acrobat reader to view it. You can download the Acrobat Reader here if you do not have it installed.

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