HSUS’ Adopters Welcome program was launched over 6 six years ago with a goal to place more adoptable animals into homes by removing common barriers to adoption. Many organizations embraced their communities and watched as more animals transitioned to loving homes. In this discussion, we’ll review the tenets of Adopters Welcome and discuss how new and hidden barriers have prevented animal shelters and rescues from reaching everyone in their community. With a critical eye and open dialogue we’ll discuss how organizations are working to build a more inclusive culture for all.
In this issue: Looking back and moving forward; greyhound racing takes its final lap; whimsical tales spread compassion for community cats; organizations look to the Adopters Welcome model to promote diversity and inclusion; an equine group steps up to help Florida horse owners; shelters find successful alternatives to traditional fundraising events; demand surges for virtual behavior services; studies show that helping others helps you; and more.
In this issue: A decade of promoting shelter pets; summer camp, COVID style; innovation sensations; hole-istic cat housing; creating videos with viral potential; teaming up with sports stars to promote your organization; new approaches to feline retroviruses; and more.
In this issue: The HSUS Pets for Life team shifts tactics but retains core beliefs during the COVID-19 pandemic; new science about cat allergies may prevent surrenders; an upstate New York shelter teams with local pizzerias to promote adoptable animals; VCA adds a nail in the coffin of elective declawing; an Idaho nonprofit helps ‘sweeten the pot’ for harder-to-place cats; and more.