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.
How a variety of animal welfare groups in LA have worked to address issues both in and out of shelters, helping ensure better services for pet owners our field has often missed and working toward a city where no healthy or treatable animals are euthanized.
A Massachusetts shelter models holistic approach to ending pet homelessness.
Dog training the Pets for Life way.
The Green Mountain Animal Defenders in Vermont develops a program to help all animals, wild, and domestic, including baby chicks from a local hardware store.
In California, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter turns on the charm and engages it's community with a door-to-door approach. Could it work for your agency?
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
Download the second edition of the Pets for Life Community Outreach Toolkit —or purchase the book on Marketplace
Getting to know the people who use the PFL Community Outreach Toolkit
Access the data behind the Pets for Life movement from information collected since 2012
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 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.
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