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Protecting animals is a big job. Fortunately, animals everywhere are helped by caring people—by individuals and by groups, large and small, including shelters, sanctuaries, spay/neuter clinics, foster caretakers and countless volunteers. This series highlights some of the groups around the country doing great things for animals on a local level.

  • Serving 16 counties in south central Indiana, the nonprofit Pets Alive has spayed and neutered more than 47,000 cats and dogs in six years of operation. UAN

Pets Alive

Mission possible: Spay/neuter is key to reducing the number of animals entering shelters, says Melissa Kusturin, interim director of Pets Alive spay/neuter clinic in Bloomington, Ind. "We cannot build our way out of it. … You cannot euthanize your way out of it … [or] adopt your way out of it.” Read more

More Profiles

July 5, 2011

Crunchtime Allies: HSUS and Pets Alive Team Up for Puppy Mill Rescue

In Indiana, Pets Alive spay/neuter clinic steps out of its comfort zone and steps up for puppy mill dogs. Learn more 


February 9, 2011

Hometown Heroes: Hearts United for Animals

Carol Wheeler, founder of Hearts United for Animals (HUA) in Nebraska, shares her advice on managing a shelter: "Do not give up. Persistence is very important. Watch for any opportunity to turn bad into good.' Read Hometown Heroes. Learn more 


December 23, 2010

Hometown Heroes: A Place to Bark Animal Rescue in Tennessee

Meet Bernie Berlin, of A Place to Bark Animal Rescue in Tennessee. Our third profile in this series on shelters and animal rescue groups features a dynamic and effective foster rescue that saves the lives of hundreds of pets each year, Learn more 


September 15, 2010

Hometown Heroes: Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

For the second profile in our series, Jacob Stroman, director of the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Belle Chasse, La., talks about the challenges of managing a shelter and a memorable dog named Lazarus. Learn more 


July 23, 2010

Hometown Heroes: Animal Lovers League of New York

For the launch of this series about local rescue groups, we asked Joan Phillips, president of the Animal Lovers League in Glen Cove, N.Y., to tell us about her shelter. Learn more 


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