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Welcome to American Humane Association's ShelterTalk -- the online discussion forum exclusively for professional agency members of American Humane Association.

ShelterTalk is abuzz with networking, announcements and information sharing!

  • Sign up for news about best practice, trainings, conferences and job opportunities
  • Get your animal welfare questions answered.
  • This animal welfare sounding board and audience expands every day!
  • Post and read ideas on animal house, enrichment programs, management, board recruitment, fundraising, spay/neuter programs, exotic animal care and more.

Join ShelterTalk today! Here's how:

1) Read and agree to ShelterTalk's Rules and Guidelines.

2) Click here to sign up.

3) Save your "Welcome" message for your records.

4) Once you've received confirmation, you can log on and start talking!

ShelterTalk Rules and Guidelines

ShelterTalk is an open forum, meaning that mail is not viewed or edited by a moderator before it is posted to the list. ShelterTalk is a place to discuss shelter issues, not to debate various philosophies such as long-term vs. short-term sheltering. ShelterTalk is not a place to criticize the practices or procedures of other organizations. American Humane Association does not control and is not responsible for the content and views expressed in messages posted to the ShelterTalk Email Discussion List. All communications made at or through this forum are public. American Humane Association does not screen, approve, review, endorse, or otherwise control any content or information obtained through or offered by the discussion list. User's reliance on any content or information obtained through the discussion list, including any user actions resulting thereafter, is at the user's sole risk. This discussion list is not moderated.

American Humane Association reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these Rules and Guidelines.

If you wish to post information on ShelterTalk regarding continuing education provided by your organization or job openings in your organization, contact us at American Humane Association.

Please do not use HTML backgrounds and fonts on email you send to ShelterTalk. For some participants, your use of HTML may result in a large amount of nonsense characters, causing slower download times and taking up extra space on servers. Please be considerate of other ShelterTalk participants.

The following is a non-exclusive list of actions and content that are not permitted within the discussion list:

  1. Material that defames, abuses, harasses, embarrasses, distresses, or threatens others.
  2. Statements that are bigoted, hateful, or racially/ethnically offensive.
  3. Material that advocates illegal activity or discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them.
  4. Unauthorized copyrighted material. (Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the written permission of the copyright owner.)
  5. Material that contains vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, or indecent language or images.
  6. Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation.
  7. Material that does not pertain to the discussion forum's stated purpose.

By accessing, using, or otherwise communicating in any manner with any third parties through the discussion list, user agrees, represents, and warrants that user will not access or otherwise use this discussion list in any unlawful or impermissible manner, for any unlawful or impermissible purpose or in violation of these Rules of Conduct. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that it owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner to post such material. In addition, the posting party grants American Humane Association, Lyris Technologies, Inc. (American Humane Association's Independent Content Provider or ICP), and users of this discussion list the non-exclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material. Without limitation, user shall not do any of the following:

A. Post, transmit, publish, disseminate, distribute, or otherwise communicate (Communicate) (a) any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, profane, fraudulent, threatening, abusive or otherwise objectionable content or information or (b) any other content or information which may violate the legal rights of any person or otherwise constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, federal, or foreign law, including, without limitation, the US export control laws;

B. Advertise, solicit, or offer to sell, lease, license, or otherwise transfer any goods, products or services including without limitation the unauthorized appropriation of any person's name or likeness for any commercial purposes;

C. Communicate chain letters, pyramid schemes, or other similar arrangements, contests, surveys, investment opportunities, or other unsolicited commercial information or communications;

D. Engage in spamming (unsolicited or off-topic email), flooding or other mass distribution of any files, programs, communications, or any other information;

E. Upload or otherwise Communicate any software, programs or other content or information which contains any corrupted files and/or any virus, worm, Trojan horse, or any other similar material which may damage, disrupt, interrupt or otherwise harm the forum, this website or any content appearing thereon, or any other computer or system having access to the forum, this website, or any content appearing thereon; or

F. Upload or otherwise Communicate any software, programs or other content or information protected by any intellectual property laws (unless user owns or controls the rights thereto and obtains all necessary consents).

User shall indemnify and hold harmless American Humane Association, American Humane Association's ICP, and any of its underlying service providers, information providers, licensors, employees, distributors, or agents from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, causes of action, suits, proceedings, losses, damages, costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys fees, arising from or relating to user's access and/or use of or interaction with this website or any content appearing thereon (including without limitation the discussion list), or any act, error, or omission of user in connection therewith, including, but not limited to, matters relating to incorrect, incomplete, or misleading information; libel; invasion of privacy; infringement of a copyright, trade name, trademark, service mark, or other intellectual property; or violation of any applicable law.

American Humane Association disclaims all representations and warranties with regard to information posted on the discussion list or at this website, whether posted by American Humane Association or any third party. This disclaimer includes all implied warranties, including those of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall American Humaen be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages, or any damages of any kind whatsoever, resulting from, arising out of, or in connection with any information posted on this discussion list or at this website.

American Humane Association reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Posting New Messages

You must join the ShelterTalk discussion list and receive an email confirmation before you will be able to post messages. To post messages to the list, you may either send an email with your message to or post your message directly to the discussion board by logging into ShelterTalk at and then clicking on “new”.


To view previous postings to this website, please login at You may also search for a particular topic by using the search function on this page.


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