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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

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  • Blog Post

    Getting it right in L.A.

     Los Angeles residents were not taking advantage of the free spay/neuter certificate program because they didn't know it existed.

    Improvements to city’s low-income spay/neuter program are worth the wait

    I’ve managed the HSUS Pets for Life (PFL) program in East Los Angeles since January 2012, and from April of that year through August 2016 I also served as a volunteer commissioner of the Department of Animal Services for the City of Los Angeles (LA Animal Services). My dual roles gave me the opportunity to shape the policies and protocols that I championed while I served on the commission.

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  • Blog Post

    Creating community connections

    How are you and other animal welfare providers fostering relationships with new organizations?

    After helping to develop the Pets for Life model with The HSUS, Annie Pruitt launched her own Charm City Companions assisting families with pets in Baltimore city.

    In 2008 I was introduced to the world of animal welfare work through my work with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). I learned quickly about the overpopulation of cats and dogs in our country and beyond. While it was unsettling and upsetting to hear the stories and watch the videos, I was greatly inspired by the people I was working with and their selfless acts on behalf of animals. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to have worked on numerous projects with The HSUS, but the work that I am most proud of is the work I’ve done with Pets for Life (PFL).

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  • Magazine Article

    Driving change

    In Detroit and underserved neighborhoods around the country, Pets for Life is bridging gaps

    Pet owners in impoverished, isolated communities face hardships many people fail to comprehend. Until the past decade, their challenges have been largely overlooked by the animal welfare movement, but the HSUS Pets for Life (PFL) program has been working to change that. In Detroit, where the staff of All About Animals Rescue bring the PFL approach to underserved neighborhoods, they face some challenges that are unique to the area—and meet clients who embody the Motor City’s great heart.

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