This is an archived session from 2020.

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.


  • Mandy Evans | Executive Director, Panhandle Animal Shelter
  • Danielle Harris | Shelter manager, Pima Animal Care Center
  • Lindsay Hamrick | Director of Shelter Outreach and Engagement, the Humane Society of the United States


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