“We cleared the shelter!” Animal control shelters in Chicago, Riverside County (CA), Rochester, Allen County (IN), and Ionia County (MI) are empty for the first time ever. A shelter in Denver has a waiting list of 2,000 people wanting to foster. Horses are still dying at Santa Anita even though the track is temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Dog racing tracks are closing permanently ahead of schedule. China begins the process of ending the eating of dogs. Maddie’s Fund is fearmongering about pets and COVID-19. 154 years ago this week, the nation’s first SPCA was founded. And finally, the Australian state of Victoria has banned landlords from discriminating against people with animal companions; the U.S. should do the same.

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Across the country, progressive shelters are embracing ingenuity, a “can do” attitude, and technology to save the animals, while also protecting the public and shelter workers during the pandemic. For example:

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In other news, 154 years ago this week, the nation’s first SPCA was founded by Henry Bergh, effectively launching the humane movement in North America.

And finally, the Australian state of Victoria has banned landlords from discriminating against people with animal companions. Under the new legislation, people have a right to live with an animal and landlords must file a petition in a local tribunal to deny consent. The United States should do the same. Doing wo would provide homes for almost nine million more animals (roughly six years worth of killing in U.S. pounds).

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