developed in partnership between the IKEA foundation and the united nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), better shelter utilizes solar energy, which is installed on the roof, and in turn, charges an LED light inside. the rigid steel frame covered with sufficiently fire retardant wall and roof panels allow occupants sufficient time to exit the shelter in the event of fire.
A unique collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the UNHCR has resulted in a new, innovative, safer and more durable shelter for refugee families around the world. UNHCR has placed an order of 10,000 units with the social enterprise Better Shelter. Better Shelter was started by the Housing for All Foundation, a non-profit foundation established by the IKEA Foundation.
With a safe and functional temporary shelter delivered in flat packs, Better Shelter together with the UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation wants to bring dignity and safety to the millions of refugees fleeing violence, armed conflict, persecution and natural disasters. This unique partnership has introduced an innovative approach to designing for refugees and putting their needs at the heart of the development process.
In a groundbreaking example of democratic design (form, function, quality, sustainability and an affordable price), the prototype has been tested and improved by 40 refugee families in Iraq and Ethiopia. Their experiences and needs have been at the heart of the development process. Following the field testing the shelter design has been improved and is now getting ready for production.
The Better Shelter is a temporary shelter designed with special attention to transport volume, weight, price, safety as well as health and comfort. It can be assembled on site without additional tools and equipment, and is fitted with a solar panel and lamp to provide light during the dark hours. The expected lifespan of the shelter is three years.
Puppies purchased at pet stores almost always come from cruel breeding facilities where dogs are confined to small, filthy spaces and receive little to no veterinary care. By adopting from your local shelter or rescue, you are giving back to your community instead of helping cruel breeders profit.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and as we honor this month, we encourage everyone to open their minds and hearts to shelter dogs in need. Even if you are unable to officially adopt, there may be something you can do at your local shelter or rescue to help animals in need.
An outdoor cat house filled with strawnot haywill keep your feline friends warm and cozy during the winter. The difference between straw and hay may seem mundane, but it can actually make a world of difference for cats. They look similar, but while straw makes excellent bedding for outdoor cat shelters, hay becomes a soggy mess.
They may want to watch the miracle of birth. However, once they have ten extra dogs running around making messes and chewing up the carpet, they get overwhelmed. These puppies often end up in shelters.
In an ideal world, there would be no need for shelters and every pet would have a loving home. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats that enter US animal shelters each year.
There are also breed-specific rescue organizations that focus on rescuing their chosen breed, such as Labradors, from shelters. You can also do breed-specific searches on general internet searches such as Petfinder.
While some dogs end up in shelters because of behavioral problems, most are victims of divorce, evictions, job loss, overseas deployments, or their families are simply unwilling to move with them or no longer have time for them.
Many shelters have groomers come in and groom the dogs on a regular basis. Volunteers often also come to brush and train the dogs. Shelter workers also make sure the dogs are treated for pests like fleas and ticks.
QUICK NOTE: However, while some shelters are immaculate and keep their pets in great shape we have learned that this is not always the case. Some shelters and rescues do not have the funding to keep all their pets clean and well groomed all the time. Sometimes these dogs are the most appreciative when you adopt them and become wonderful lifelong pals.
QUICK UPDATE: When we adopted Linus from the shelter his adoption fee was $37 and it included vaccination, microchip, neutering, and a couple dog toys. This was over 15 years ago. I just checked the Carson Animal Shelter website and the adoption fee is now up to $125 for a dog or puppy.
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. The majority of pets in shelters were brought there because of a severe lack of affordable, pet-friendly housing and access to veterinary care; issues that will require long-term and systemic change. While we work to keep pets and their families together, remember that many of the animals in shelters lived in loving homes and may even come to you house trained and/or ready to live with other pets.
When pets are adopted faster than they arrive at a local shelter, it allows your local organizations to focus on the root causes of pet intake. When they have fewer animals in the building (or in foster homes), they can strengthen programs to reunite lost pets with their families or meet with elected officials to create more pet-friendly housing in your community. Only together can we build a more humane society for pets and people alike.
If we weren't already impressed with Swedish discount furniture giant Ikea, we would be now. The Ikea Foundation teamed up with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to bring its signature democratic design and superior functionality to refugee shelters, creating the groundbreaking flat pack Better Shelter.
The 188-square-foot structures can accommodate five people for three years. Designed with refugee camp conditions in mind, they're lightweight for easy transport and can be assembled on site in four to eight hours with no additional tools or equipment. Lightweight polymer panels and thermal insulation provide warmth while a solar panel collects the energy needed to illuminate an interior lamp. In short, these shelters are far superior to the tents commonly issued in refugee camps.
In true Ikea style, Better Shelters are affordably priced at $1,150 each and are expected to drop to $1,000 in the next two years as orders grow. Forty refugee families in Iraq and Ethiopia used prototypes of the Better Shelter during the development stage to great success, and the shelters could be available to the masses as early as this Summer, as the UNCHR has already placed an order for 10,000.
Better Together Animal Alliance is dedicated to serving the animals of northern Idaho. Our programs are focused on keeping families together and, though sheltering is still part of our services, we want sheltering to be a small part of what we do because our work keeps families together.
We believe in the power of the human-animal bond and that people and their pets are better together. In everything we do, we seek to support people and their pets so that only animals with no other options will need to come to the shelter. We believe that animal shelters should be resource centers that support all members of the community and we believe in adopting innovative programs and best practices for animal welfare organizations because it leads to life-saving and preserves resources for the animals who need them most.
The Sheltersuit is a wind and waterproof jacket with an optional sleeping bag attachment to provide immediate shelter. The Sheltersuit consist of a jacket, sleeping bag and a duffel bag. The jacket is made from high-quality, breathable tent-fabric.
Researchers hope the findings in the International Journal of Wildland Fire, as well as from field tests conducted across North America, could spur the development of new, better shelters. In addition, they hope the findings will inform new standards for shelter design and testing.
In the TPACC lab, researchers tested the designs against the industry standard in a test chamber called the PyroDome Turbulent Flame Fire Shelter Test System. They blasted the shelters with direct flame from propane burners for 60 seconds, and measured how long it took the temperature at the floor of the shelters to reach 302 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature threshold for survival. They also set up cameras inside PyroDome to see when the inner layer of the shelters would break open.
The two tests in southern California had the best burn conditions, and researchers saw one of their prototypes performed well in a burn-over. In a test in South Dakota, researchers witnessed shelter failures when grass roots caught fire to spread under the walls inside the shelter. That underscored the importance of fully clearing the area around the shelter, and even scraping down underneath them to remove all organic material.
Filsaime Flavors is a plant-based restaurant, open 24/7, that's dedicated to helping out animal shelters by giving customers the ability to round up their orders. All round-up proceeds will go to animal shelters we partner with.
As the only full-service animal shelter serving Jefferson County, Colorado, we collaborate with Good Humans like you to improve the lives of thousands of pets each year, creating a better community for all.
The material was loaded for transport June 30 at AFMRA and delivered July 2 to Newport, Rhode Island. Biehn said employees there began assembling the equipment July 7, starting with the Newport site. The shelters will become semi-permanent fixtures supporting testing at NMRTC clinics in Newport; Groton, Connecticut; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The Better Shelter was developed as a collaborative project in 2013 by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas, Nicolò Barlera, UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation. Nearly 65 million of the shelters