The Future of Animal Sheltering – Human Animal Support Services
At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, thousands of animal welfare professionals came together for the first time ever, to chart a course for the future of animal welfare. What emerged from these early meetings was the Human Animal Support Services project, a collaborative effort that today spans the entire U.S. and more than 20 nations. The goal of HASS is to build community-centered animal services, so that shelter intake becomes the last resort and most pets can get help while staying in their homes and communities. Through a four year pilot project involving 23 significant animal shelters, HASS is proving that programs like supported self rehoming, radical lost pet reunification, pet support services, and the foster-centric model can reduce shelter intake by a third or more, cut length of stay in half, increase lifesaving, and help keep more pets with their families. Attendees will learn about the core HASS elements, about the more than 30 working groups who are solving the industry’s toughest problems, and will be invited to join the HASS movement and become part of creating positive change for pets and people in our communities and nation!