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Pets for Life

The Pets for Life (PFL) program reaches out to underserved communities to offer free pet care resources, services and information. PFL incorporates strategic door-to-door outreach, builds a consistent community presence and uses an extensive follow-up process to build relationships and trust within a segment of the pet-owning population that has largely gone untouched by animal service providers. PFL employs a three-pronged methodology to address the systemic challenges people and pets living in poverty face: 

  • Direct Care - Delivers pet services and information 
  • Mentorship and Training - Guides and supports local organizations in implementing community outreach programs 
  • Policy and Enforcement Reform - Influences organizations to be focused more on pet owner support and less on punishment

Most recent Tools and Resources > Pets for Life

  • Magazine Article

    Walking a mile in the other veterinarian’s shoes

    Public health veterinarian Tamerin Scott, right, a frequent volunteer at the Amanda Foundation’s quarterly Wags for Wellness in Watts clinics in Los Angeles, delivers a pooch into waiting arms.

    Shelter vets and private practitioners can save lives through collaboration

    Ideally, all veterinarians would work in harmony to ensure animals in their communities receive the medical attention they need. Unfortunately, relationships between shelter veterinarians and private practitioners are often marked by misunderstanding or mistrust. The persistent, misguided stereotypes—private vets are greedy, shelter vets provide inferior care—can make cooperation difficult. In Southern California, the veterinary community is trying to improve communication between the two camps—with the goal of greater understanding and partnerships to benefit animals.

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  • Blog Post

    Return-to-owner

    How will you re-evaluate your shelter’s RTO policy to tell a different story?

    I was about 8 years old as I stood with my dad and his friend and toddler-age son. We were watching the Chicago Blackhawks warm up, the players flipping hockey pucks up into the stands. We must have gotten caught up in the excitement, because when my dad’s friend looked down, his son was nowhere to be found.

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  • Magazine Article

    Shaking off stigmas

    Are you still clinging to shelter and rescue myths rather than facts?

    “Black dogs are impossible to adopt out.” How many times have you heard that? Or maybe it was something more along the lines of, “Well, [insert demographic group] are just against spay/neuter.” These kinds of industry myths are pervasive in the animal sheltering field, but are they really based in fact? They might seem to explain the complicated situations you face every day, but maybe you’re not seeing the whole picture. Learn the truth behind four of the biggest myths in the field.

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