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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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  • No Place Like Home

    Advocates use prevention strategies and fair housing laws to keep owners and pets together.

  • Reconcilable Differences

    The Humane Society of the United States' Pet Help Partners program uses behavior counseling to keep cats in their homes.

  • Medical SOPs: Lifesaving, Step by Step

    Getting basic shelter medicine SOPs in writing can help you prevent widespread problems while providing a consistent, transparent standard of care.

  • In Virginia, Challenging the Status Quo

    In Virginia, the Richmond SPCA is shaking things up. As the SPCA’s Project Safety Net offers programs and services aimed at reducing animal relinquishment, the organization is succeeding in saving more lives by partnering with the community.

  • What Now?

    When people relinquish a pet, they often ask what will happen to the animal. Here is a thoughtful look at how shelter staff might answer questions about the fate of surrendered animals and possibly prevent those animals from being relinquished.

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  • 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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