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.
Laura Jordan had her work cut out for her in convincing a Connecticut community to participate in her effort to spay and neuter feral cats, having to overcome suspicion of her motives, education property owners, and show that her methods made sense.
Unwilling to give up their pets in order to obtain more secure housing, many homeless people in Oahu rely on a local organization called K9 Kokua to assist them with caring for their dogs and finding pet-friendly housing.
Proving that "working together works," a Denver-based animal welfare alliance has live-release rates on the rise. Find out how the 25-member group is making a difference for animals in their community.
Peter Marsh’s latest book questions conventional wisdom in the sheltering world and presents data-driven strategies for eliminating shelter overpopulation.
The HSUS’s Pets for Life program is bringing the human touch to neighborhoods where pet care services are scarce, but love for animals abounds. Learn how to implement this amazing and unique program in your 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!
Policies & Programs
Access the data behind the Pets for Life movement from information collected since 2012
Getting to know the people who use the PFL Community Outreach Toolkit
Download the second edition of the Pets for Life Community Outreach Toolkit —or purchase the book on Marketplace
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.
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.
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!
- Behavior & Training
- Breed-Specific Legislation
- Chaining & Tethering
- Cultural Diversity
- Disaster Preparedness & Response
- Human/Animal Bond
- Military Pets
- Pet Care
- Public & Media Relations
- Renting with Pets
- Spay/Neuter Programs
- Surveying Your Community