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Editorial Policy and Standards

At Happy Cats Home, we are committed to providing high-quality, trustworthy, and unbiased content to our readers. Our team of writers ensures that all content is free of ethical concerns or conflicts. If you happen to come across an article that you believe can be improved, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our Content Integrity Promise

We take pride in the quality of our content and editorial processes. Our team of writers, editors, fact-checkers, illustrators, photographers, and medical and financial professionals rigorously researches and reviews all content on an ongoing basis to ensure it is up to date, accurate, and puts the needs of our readers first.

Each article features a byline that includes the name, a brief description, and a link to more information for each person who contributed to that piece. The date indicates when the work was most recently updated with new information. Some articles also haFact-Checkingve a tagline at the end to provide additional information on research or authorship.

Original illustrations, graphics, images, and videos are created by internal teams, who collaborate with experts in their fields to produce assets that represent diverse voices, perspectives, and contexts. Periodic review by editors as well as by Medical, Financial, Anti-Bias, or other Review Board members as appropriate, ensure the quality, accuracy, and integrity of these assets. Photos and videos are not edited in any way that may cause them to be false or misleading.

Fact-Checking

Our team of experienced fact checkers provides a critical layer of review to ensure content integrity. This group of professionals is selected and vetted for journalistic and subject matter expertise. They are tasked with researching all statements of fact to ensure that news and information presented in our articles is accurate and comprehensive and statistics are properly sourced and up to date. Articles that have been officially fact-checked will display a “fact check” badge, as well as the name of the fact checker at the top of the page near the author.

Corrections And Updates

Our editorial teams are committed to telling readers whenever a factual error has been made on a news story at the time of publication. We will correct the error as quickly as possible and alert readers to the correction. All corrections will be clearly labeled as such and will include what was changed and when. When an article is factually correct, but the language is not as straightforward or detailed as necessary, the story may be updated without an editor’s note. News articles often cover a distinct event in time, so they are not routinely updated. Our editorial teams are continually evaluating and updating evergreen articles to ensure they are timely, accurate, and relevant. Each article is date-stamped to reflect when they were last updated.

Sourcing

Our writers and editors adhere to strict standards for article sourcing. We rely on current and reputable primary sources, such as expert interviews, government organizations, and professional and academic institutions. All data points, facts, and claims are backed up by at least one reputable source. We strongly discourage use of anonymous or unnamed sourcing, as this can erode transparency and reader trust. In the rare instance where an unnamed source is used, we will disclose to readers the reason behind the anonymity and provide the necessary context.

Diversity And Anti Bias

We believe that every human being deserves respect, representation, and opportunity. In service of our mission to represent, serve, and help all people, we have established an Anti-Bias Review Board made up of educators, advocates, public health specialists, journalists, researchers, financial experts, and other professionals, each with a background in supporting diversity, inclusion, and racial justice initiatives. Additionally, we have articulated an Anti-Racism Pledge. Anti-Bias Review Board members review content

Ethics

Happy Cats Home is dedicated to ethical journalism, ensuring accuracy, honesty, transparency, and respect for intellectual property rights. Our staff and contributors are held to a high standard of integrity, and we expect them to adhere to all applicable laws and standards of journalistic practices.

Our goal is to provide original and unbiased content, and we believe that anything less could damage our credibility as a trustworthy source of information.

Objectivity

At Happy Cats Home, we value objectivity in journalism and believe it is essential to our mission. Our writers and editors are prohibited from giving preferential treatment to any outside resource based on their relationship with the person or company who authors or owns that resource.

Additionally, our writers and editors are contractually obligated to follow the FTC Guidelines on Disclosures, fully disclosing any relationship, financial or personal, with any source or resource that may compromise their objectivity. This includes any valuable goods and services provided to the writer by the source.