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By defining the overall purpose of your organization, and outlining an agreeable mission statement and objectives, you can ensure that your organization keeps it focus in an ever changing world. Read on to learn about the process of strategic planning and why it's one of the most important factors in running a successful organization.

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  • Better Together

    Mission focus has driven some shelters to combine efforts and resources. From groups that have a productive history to those who were once at odds, animal welfare organizations are learning that they're often stronger when they unite. Though mergers are a complex undertaking, there are several key strategies that can help ease the transition and increase the likelihood of long-term success.

  • The Road to Zero

    Peter Marsh’s latest book questions conventional wisdom in the sheltering world and presents data-driven strategies for eliminating shelter overpopulation.

  • 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!

  • Deep in the Heart of Taxes

    The benefits of tax-exempt status are many, but the process of acquiring it can seem daunting—especially for small rescue or fostering groups. Learn what you need to do to approach the IRS and get that coveted 501(c)(3) status.

  • The People's Power

    Shelters are rightly centered on caring for their animals. But according to Steven Rogelberg, who heads the Shelter Diagnostic System, if you want your organization to be more effective, you have to bring the staff needs into focus as well.

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  • 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.

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  • American Humane Assocation Operational Guide - Strategic Planning

    Strategic planning is critical for organizations that want to thrive, not just survive, especially during challenging times. This guide goes through the steps involved in the planning process and explains why organizations should plan and cases when they should not plan.

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