Pet support services provide help for caregivers facing hardships with the goal of keeping families together, even in tough times. Support may include, but is not limited to: telephone response and advice, medical support for owned pets, food and supplies, fence building and pet shelter provision, behavior support, vaccines and microchips, free and low-cost spay and neuter, crisis and emergency boarding, owned pet fostering, and pet deposits and advocacy for apartment dwellers.
Some of the most common reasons animals are surrendered to shelters include issues with housing, lack of access to affordable veterinary care, and the need for behavioral support. Other reasons include financial strain making it difficult to access pet food and supplies, fencing demands, and a variety of human-related factors such as allergies, divorce, and illness. By providing as many resources and services as possible, animal welfare organizations can work toward reducing the barriers to keeping pets and people together.
All pet support services resources shared on this thread will be accessible in the "Pet Support Services" folder in the Maddie's Pet Forum Library: https://maddies.fund/petsupportservicesresources
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Take this free course in Maddie's University where you will learn how to start or scale your Pet Support Services program by listening to your community members, discovering the gaps in your current services, and collecting data about services rendered and intake diverted (and money saved). Pet Support Services programs are not hard to implement; you can start by retraining your current intake staff and giving your field officers the tools and training they need.
This course is the result of a collaboration between between American Pets Alive!, Human Animal Support Services and the many shelter and rescue staff across the country and internationally who have volunteered their time to innovate new programs through the Human Animal Support Services working groups. This course has been approved for continuing education credits with CAWA and NACA.
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We've added 36+ Pet Support Services related resources from the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) project! You can find the following resources in the Pet Support Services folder or you can click on the links below to learn more about each resource. These toolkits and resources have been created and crowdsourced in collaboration with the HASS Project Working Groups, Pilot Shelters, and HASS/American Pets Alive! Staff. If you have any questions, please let me know!
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Phone: (925) 310-5450Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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