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Pets are surrendered to animal shelters and rescues every day for a variety of reasons. Learn about how you can prevent relinquishments as well as assess those relinquished animals.

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From the Magazine


  • Just Passing Through

    In areas with high immigrant populations, residents frequently leave the country and have difficulty finding housing for their pets. Find out how your shelter or rescue can help.

  • Home Sweet Rehome

    Rehoming programs have a simple premise—help people find new homes for pets they can’t keep, without them ever stepping foot in a shelter. By trusting people and providing owners with some tools for the process, shelters can ease their own burden, give owners more control over their pets’ fates and help animals transition into happy new homes.

  • Hard Work—With a Soft Touch

    ASPCA Safety Net managers provide resources and compassion to Los Angeles County pet owners with a goal of keeping pets out of overcrowded shelters.

  • Loss Prevention

    A high-intake municipal shelter in South Los Angeles starts a pilot program that results in impressive numbers, spurring the creation of similar programs across the city and the interest o rescue groups across the country

  • A New Learning Curve

    New cat behavior counseling course empowers participants to think beyond the walls of their shelter or rescue to assist owners who are thinking of surrendering their cats.

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Policies & Programs

  • Pets for Life

    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.


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