Marketing your services in your community requires smart and effective outreach. Think outside the shelter walls with our resources and information.
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Founded in 2006, Rescue U is a unique program that sends college students from around the country to do repairs and construction work at shelters that have requested help.
Pets for Life NYC, an animal surrender prevention program, seeks to give people the advice and services they need before they relinquish their pets to shelters. Find out how to create a similar pet safety net in your community.
Find out how a Florida shelter strives to help as many animals as it can through its emergency relief, spay/neuter, and feral cat programs.
Fences for Fido, an Oregon-based nonprofit, helps dogs, dog owners and local communities by working to replace dog chains with solid fences.
The Humane Society of Charlotte’s annual Adopt-a-Bull event gives the organization a chance to celebrate and showcase the many charms of pit bulls and pit mixes.
Outside groups partner with tribal members to bring veterinary care to the underserved community on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona.
Catnip Acres serves as a way station—and a spay station—for homeless kitties in Pennsylvania. The group has spayed and neutered over 4,000 cats since opening an on-site surgical suite in 2010.
In Virginia, the Richmond SPCA is shaking things up. As the SPCA’s Project Safety Net offers programs and services aimed at reducing animal relinquishment, the organization is succeeding in saving more lives by partnering with the community.
Clients ask your front desk staff for help with many different issues, from behavioral problems to rehoming animals. Use this sample helpdesk handbook from Nevada Humane to help your staff be ready to assist!
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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.
Resources for outreach to Spanish-speaking communities, including reproducible pet behavior tip sheets, spay/neuter materials, and more.
The HSUS Pets for Life program has one very ambitious goal: to keep pets and their people together. Pets for Life recognizes that one of the greatest threats to pets is a lack of understanding on the part of caregivers along with a lack of awareness of available resources.
Reach out to your community's Spanish-speaking population with our reproducible pet behavior tip sheets.
Whether you need to learn the social media basics, or are looking for new ways to jazz up your group's online presence, this engaging presentation from Animal Care Expo 2011 by HSUS's own Carie Lewis can help!
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- Surveying Your Community