Saving Shelter Cat Lives


One of my favorite non-profit groups, Maddie’s Fund (, is conducting a series of webcasts on saving shelter cat lives.  According to their website, from April 7, 2015 to May 5, 2015, they are conducting a 5-part series on the key initiatives of the “Million Cat Challenge”.  They are focusing on ACTIONABLE tools and tips that the shelter and rescue community can use to save lives.

Maddie’s Fund is an incredible source of valuable educational material for shelters and rescue groups relating to cats, dogs and other pets.  I encourage everyone in the field to visit their website and checkout the material available.

Until the next time, I wish you success in saving lives and improving your programs.

Diane Robertson

Shane’s War Information Sheet

By Diane Robertson

Date:  08/12/2013  Last Updated:  04/27/2014

Shane’s War

Information Sheet

I thought this list of public information would be helpful for those of us that are new to Shane’s War.  I will continue updating this list as more material is created or located.  Feel free to provide information to add to this list via the comment section at the bottom of this post.



  • California City, California Pardon: The next Shane’s War Pardon starts April 27, 2015.  Visit the information page at for more information.

Online Presence


Press Coverage

California City – April 2015 | 04/27/2015 | Article “No paws left behind at California shelter for Shane’s War adoption event

Gurdon Arkansas – June 2014

The Gurdon Times | 06/13/2014 | Article “Dogs at Shelter Receive Pardon”

YouTube Video City of Gurdon Pardon with Shane Smith

Coachella Valley Animal Campus – May 2014

Coachella Valley Weekly | 05/14/2014 | Article “Shane’s War Comes to Coachella Valley”

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter – February 2014

Selma Alabama – Central Alabama Animal Shelter – August 2013

July 2013 and Prior


Pardon Information

What is a Shane’s War PARDON?  It is a week-long and sometimes longer Adoption event where we ask the Government , the Police , the Media and the citizens to all put their differences aside for the animals.  The word Pardon does not imply the animals did anything wrong; it is simply our attempt to save them from certain Death.  After the pardons end, we stay in touch with the citizens in these towns to help network the animals.

When we came up with the Pardon idea, we had no idea if it would work or not.  We have had people who were long time enemies working together for some of these.  As long as they are in need, we will try to help.  When we go to a shelter for the first time, we visit every animal. We love them all, we travel under no banner of any national group, we are just Citizens helping the animals, our partners are different everywhere we go.   Do we offer training to staff at shelters? No.  If we see common sense things that will help, of course we speak up.  Our mission is to get animals out of harms way, any citizen is welcome to sign the pardon in a town we are in (Shane).

The following pardons have been completed and more are lined up:

  • Jones County and Monroe County Georgia – simultaneous Pardons | July 2014
  • #GurdonPardon | Gurdon, Arkansas | June 2014
  • #CVACPardon | The Coachella Valley Animal Campus Pardon | May 2014
  • #SelmaPardon | Selma, Alabama | August 2013
  • #ButlerPardon |Butler Alabama | August 2013
  • #ManateeCountyPardon |Manatee County Animal Services and Palmetto|Florida | April 2013
  • #JonesCountyPardon |Jones County Animal Control | Georgia |February 2013
  • #TerrellPardon |Terrell County Animal Control |Georgia |June 2012
  • #MaconBibbPardon |Macon City -Bibb County Animal Control| Macon, Georgia | January 2013
  • #MaconPardon | Macon City Animal Control  |Macon, Georgia| May 2012
  • #MaconPardon | Macon City Animal Control | Macon, Georgia | November 2011

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