Here’s a late nineteenth-century advert for the U.K.’s first and oldest animal shelter, which still operates today!

The history of animal shelters is an interesting tale of gender segregation within the animal protectionism movement: of women like Mary Tealby and Caroline E. White being denied the top decision-making spots in the ‘regular’ humane movement, and taking the initiative to carve out their own niches. Associated deprecatingly with women’s ‘natural’ softness, animal shelters were initially heavily made fun of [*aside: I can’t wait until articles about dogs and cats don’t feel the need to make playful animal puns in their headlines*].   

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