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  • Another Myth Bites the Dust

    The ASPCA looks into the pets-as-gifts phenomenon and finds little to fear.

  • Miracle on O'Farrell Street

    San Francisco SPCA teams with Macy's to showcase adoptable pets during the holiday season. In addition to spreading good cheer, the promotion boosts adoption and raises money for the SPCA.

  • Free to Good Home

    There was a time when the concept of adopting out "free" cats would prompt a chorus of hisses from cat advocates. Not so much anymore, as many shelters are waiving adoption fees and getting positive results for their felines.

  • A Fresh Start for Cats

    The Fresh Start program at the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota gives friendly, healthy cats who struggle with litter box issues a second chance at finding a home.

  • Never Mind the Myth

    Contrary to the age-old belief that shelters need to be particularly wary about approving adoptions around Halloween, many agencies now regard the spooky holiday as a terrific time for seasonally themed promotions.

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  • The Shelter Pet Project Social Media

    The Shelter Pet Project is the first national campaign created to unify large animal welfare organizations with shelters across the country for one specific goal – to increase pet adoption. In partnership with Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council, The HSUS is happy to launch the latest creative media designed to help you solicit more adopters and save more lives! It’s no news to you, but we want everyone to know that there is an amazing shelter pet ready and waiting to meet them at their local shelter.

  • The Shelter Pet Project

    The Shelter Pet Project is an unprecedented three-year media campaign aimed at boosting pet adoptions nationwide. A collaborative effort by The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie's Fund, and the Ad Council, in partnership with the entire animal welfare community, The Shelter Pet Project has the potental to change the lives of millions of animals.

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  • PetSmart Charities Report on Adoption Forum II

    In 2003, leaders from the animal sheltering community came together to discuss the latest trends in shelter adoption policy.

  • ASPCA Pro - Creating a Distribution Network for Shelter Animals

    The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a public-private partnership between the City of New York and over 140 shelter and rescue groups, created a transfer program to help Animal Care & Control (AC&C) get their animals face-to-face with as many potential adopters as possible.

  • National Federation of Humane Societies

    The National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS) has identified animal transfer programs as one of the key strategies to achieving its 2020 Vision to find a home for every healthy and treatable animal on a nationwide basis by the year 2020.

  • Best Friends - FIV Information and Fact Sheet

    Give your adopters the straight facts on FIV -- download this FIV fact sheet from Best Friends Animal Society to hand out to them.

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