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Shelter and Rescue Partners

The HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners (SRP) program harnesses the power of local organizations as partners. Our SRPs respond with us on the ground during large scale cruelty cases and disasters, work on community level issues and stay up to date on state and federal level initiatives. They network with other shelters and rescue groups across the country on best practices and innovative techniques in sheltering and adoption.

  • Shelter and Rescue Partners Application

    The HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners program is not only about the placement of victims from cruelty and neglect, it is about the partnership. Our partners often times respond with us on the ground during large scale cruelty cases and disasters, work on community level issues and stay up to date on state and federal level initiatives.

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  • From crisis to care

    Disasters are inherently chaotic. Whether it’s a flood or a hurricane, everything can change at a moment’s notice. In large-scale cruelty seizures, the scene can be equally as crazy, especially when you’re looking after hundreds of animals and people are working around the clock. Emergency sheltering requires different resources and protocols than permanent sheltering, and when you’re preparing for it, you’ll need to consider everything from supplies to staffing to intake. Through planning and partnerships, you can bring order to chaos and better help the animals in your care.

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    Shelter and Rescue Partners Application

    Shelter and Rescue Partners are perhaps the most crucial element in The HSUS's national mission to rescue abused animals.

    The HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners program is not only about the placement of victims from cruelty and neglect, it is about the partnership. Our partners often times respond with us on the ground during large scale cruelty cases and disasters, work on community level issues and stay up to date on state and federal level initiatives.

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  • Magazine Article

    Hope for the hardest cases

    Rehab of dogs from a South Korean meat farm has lessons for anyone handling traumatized animals

    Dogs rescued from traumatic situations like puppy mills or fighting rings may have problems trusting people. Shelters can stress out any animal, and it can take some extra work to rehabilitate dogs with emotional baggage. With special attention, consistent routines and gentle training, dogs can overcome their traumatic pasts and embrace their futures as beloved companions.

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  • Magazine Article

    Anatomy of a puppy mill raid

    The details are depressingly similar—sick, suffering dogs languishing in row after row of wire cages—but closing each puppy mill down is a struggle all its own for The HSUS and its partners.

    Many shelter and animal rescue staff have seen firsthand the scenes of filth and neglect at puppy mills: the cramped, dark pens housing terrified animals; the lack of food, fresh water, or veterinary care. Rescues are often the culmination of months of preparation, and, when they happen, they're a methodical step toward putting one of an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. out of business.

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