rescue. reunite. rehome. rethink.

Use these protocols and recommendations to assess your standard practices, and then implement improvements to ensure that every animal is afforded the "five freedoms" outlined in the ASV Shelter Guidelines.

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  • How Much is that Doggie Sweater in the Window?

    Advice from successful shelter and rescue thrift stores on how to create a profitable stream of customers, donated goods, and cash for programs.

  • The Fine Line Between 'Pets' and 'Pests'

    Rats and mice can make great pets, but the wild ones can cause trouble in your facility. The best way to deal with them humanely is to make sure they have no way to get into your building in the first place.

  • Surviving a Sea Change

    Twenty-odd years after the publication of Ed Duvin’s “In the Name of Mercy,” an essay often credited for sparking the no-kill movement, animal welfare leaders reflect on how the field has changed—and changed them.

  • Step by Step, Pet by Pet

    Volunteer Debbie Rappuhn’s tireless and tenacious efforts to improve the lives of animals at the Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter in Alabama are paying off—big time.

  • Success in San Antonio

    San Antonio Animal Care Services increased its live-release rate from a meager 10 percent in 2006 to 61 percent in 2012. Find out how the shelter orchestrated this remarkable turnaround!

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Policies & Programs

  • General Staffing Recommendations for Kennel Caretaking

    The HSUS estimated minimum staffing formula for kennel caretaking only.

  • Shelter Diagnostic System

    This is an assessment tool designed to help private and public animal shelters run better by surveying employees and making specific recommendations based on survey results.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shelter Partners

    Shelter Partners is designed to provide participating shelters with savings on products and services, discounts on HSUS publications, training events, and more.

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