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  • The Costs of Animal Hoarding

    Taking on a major hoarding case can stretch a shelter’s staff and its budget. We offer tips about how to plan for the costs of such cases, and present them to supporters so they can help you defray the expenses.

  • Trial by Fire

    Find out how Larimer Humane Society coped with an influx of animals and coordinated rescue efforts during a historic wildfire last summer in Colorado.

  • Lives on the Line

    Every day, animal control officers face unpredictable situations with limited knowledge, stepping onto unknown turf where they may encounter a dangerous animal or -- more likely -- an angry member of the public. What can they do to protect themselves?

  • Pit Bull Palace

    Find out how staff and volunteers at a shelter in Missouri transformed a rented warehouse into a place of healing for hundreds of pit bulls rescued as part of an enormous multi-state dogfighting raid in 2009.

  • Q & A: Success in South Florida

    Veterinarian Sara Pizano faced daunting challenges when she took over as head of Miami-Dade Animal Services in 2005, such as no pain medications and a very high infectious disease and mortality rate. Within five years, she and her staff turned it around, winning major awards from the Florida Animal Control Association. How did she do it?

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  • Get Help in an Emergency

    With a network of regional offices and a nationwide response team, The Humane Society of the United States can provide shelter professionals and other local authorities with the expertise, leadership, and other tools necessary to coordinate animal response activities during a disaster.

  • Emergency Placement Partners Program

    The HSUS responds to animals in need many times a year and we rely upon our relationships with other organizations to provide ongoing care and/or find life-long loving homes for them. If your organization is interested in participating in the Emergency Placement Partners Program, please read more about the program and learn how you can apply.

  • Shelter Services

    The HSUS's Shelter Services program helps shelters acquire the tools they need to ensure long-term organizational stability and success in the dynamic environment of animal welfare. No matter the size or issues facing your organization, Shelter Services is here to help.

  • Emergency Services

    The HSUS serves as a resource for animal-related and emergency management organizations and others concerned about the needs of animals before, during, and after disasters.

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