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  • 1.  September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 09-01-2022 11:50 AM
    The focus for our September 2022 resource drive is Return to Home!

    Return to home expands on the term return to owner and acknowledges that most pets who enter shelters as "strays" have homes. Return to home also acknowledges that some cats have more than one family that cares for them, like Fatty, who eats dinner at many different houses and sleeps wherever he feels like it. Nationally, return to home rates vary greatly and remain low. The RTH rate for dogs is typically 5 to 30%. The RTH rate for cats is abysmal, in the 1 to 5% range. - via Lost Pet Reunification Course on Maddie's University

    Help increase the number of animals returned home and the number of joyful reunions by contributing resources!


    You Can Participate In Two Ways:

    1. Upload/Share Return to Home resources on this thread
    2. Reply with a request for a specific Return to Home resource you NEED


    What Type of Resources Should You Share?

    • Educational Training for in Shelter (Online Courses, Best Practices, Blogs, etc.)
    • Marketing materials to educate people about what to do when they find a lost pet or lose their pet (Pet owner tips, Finder tips, etc.)
    • Technology, apps or strategies you use to reunite pets


    Where Will All the Return to Home Resources be Stored? How do I view them? 

    All return to home resources will be accessible in the Return to Home/Lost & Found folder in the Maddie's Pet Forum Library: https://maddies.fund/RTHresources



    Share & You'll Be Entered To Win $50

    Everyone who uploads a file, shares a resource on this thread or replies with information about return to home during the month of September will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Amazon, Petco or PetSmart (winner's choice).  Start sharing now!


    Pro-Tips for sharing resources: 

    • Use the "Upload File" button when replying to this thread to attach a file. We encourage you to attach the file versus hyperlinking to the file whenever possible. Files that are attached get automatically added to the Maddie's Pet Forum Resource Library so attaching helps make the resource searchable and improves accessibility within the forum.
    • Yes, you can share resources that your organization did not create. Sharing is caring and this applies to resources too! Make sure the creator allows the resource to be shared publicly and be sure to give credit to the creator or source organization.

    "Adoptions are not the only important thing we do. First and foremost, it is our responsibility to get pets back home where they belong, where they have a name, a couch, and a family who loves them." --Gina Knepp, National Shelter Engagement Director, Michelson Found Animals



    #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification)

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    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund
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  • 2.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 30 days ago
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    Reminder to keep microchip and dog tag info current.

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    M K Bdeir
    Matchmaker
    Fur Ever Yours Dog Rescue
    Tonasket
    5096206997
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  • 3.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 20 days ago

    @Bobby Mann shared an awesome RTH resource on our Return to Home Challenge Huddle last week. We highlighted it in today's Chew On This blog post: 

    "...use this Return to Home Calculator (created by Human Animal Support Services) to calculate the cost savings of returning more pets home. To answer the question of if you can afford certain return to home programs and supplies, Mann answers, "You cannot afford to NOT invest in this. This calculator shows how you can prove that it's worthwhile to invest funds into these things." Mann demonstrated on the Huddle that if 100 more strays were returned home at his organization, it's actually a $25,000 cost SAVINGS. "So when you're trying to figure out if you can buy a box of microchips, an engraving machine or if you can afford to apply for a grant for someone to do this for me, this will help you quantify that."




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    Kim Domerofski (she/her)
    Community Manager
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 4.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 19 days ago
    We just recently returned a cat to its owner after it had been missing for two years! It was brought in as a stray and we scanned it and found a microchip. The owner had given up on trying to find it but was thrilled to get him back and rushed down to the shelter to pick him up. 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK5hMQuyFJk

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    Mary Lou Harju
    Beaver County Humane Society
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  • 5.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 19 days ago
    That's amazing - 2 years! Love seeing these success stories. 💗 Thank you so much for sharing it, Mary Lou!​​

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    Kim Domerofski (she/her)
    Community Manager
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 6.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 19 days ago
    You're welcome. It was one of those moments, you know?

    Mary Lou Harju
    Development and Marketing Manager
    Beaver County Humane Society
    3394 Brodhead Road
    Aliquippa, PA 15001
    (724) 775-5801, ext. 122

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  • 7.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 16 days ago
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    We do regular stories on social media showing a pet who was RTH and talk about how the people found their pet.  i.e.- microchip reminder how they can help reunite families, or posting on your local neighborhood page.  We also have flyers we give clients when they come in or a page devoted to lost and found pets on our website.  Our website also has a link for people to find other shelters in the area.  https://www.mdspca.org/humane-care/lost-found/

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    Melissa Engerman
    Maryland SPCA
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  • 8.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 13 days ago
    We help the Lee County Animal Shelter try and network dogs and cats that come in as strays, however our challenge is that the shelter has limited resources and the Health Department who oversees the shelter will not approve most of their requests. Most of the dogs and cats that come in as strays never have an owner reclaim them. We would love to hear suggestions from other rescues (and even shelters) on how they collaborate with local county shelters to help with return to home rates. The Lee County Shelter only has 16 dog kennels and 12 cat kennels so they get full very fast! Return to home is a critical need for this shelter and we would love to help them any way we can! 

    Here is a link to their page to gain a better idea of strays that come in and how they currently showcase them: https://leecountync.animalshelternet.com/stray_search_a.cfm

    Thank you for the feedback! 

    -Lending Paws a Hand, lpah.org

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    Kelsey Quinn
    Volunteer
    Lending Paws a Hand
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  • 9.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted yesterday
    Hi Kelsey, 

    I wanted to share some recordings from our recent Return to Home Challenge huddles that could give you some ideas and examples of how other organizations are collaborating to increase return to home rates:

    ​You have also been randomly selected as the winner of the September Resource Drive! I will be in touch privately to get your prize delivered to you. Thanks to you and everyone who participated in September. ​​

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    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund
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  • 10.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 13 days ago
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    South Suburban Humane Society has an issue with folks returning our phone calls/texts when we have a last known address so we developed this door hanger that we're going to have volunteer teams distribute!  I love it so much!

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    Emily Klehm
    CEO
    South Suburban Humane Society
    7087557387
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  • 11.  RE: September Resource Drive: Return to Home

    Posted 13 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this, Emily! What a great resource and I LOVE that the reverse side has the same messaging in Spanish.

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    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund
    she/her
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