Radical return-to-owner: Innovative programming to keep families together
This is an archived session from 2020.
While adoption rates have improved substantially in recent years, nationwide there has been minimal improvement in return-to-owner statistics. Shelters will always be necessary safe havens for pets who truly do not have a home, but inflexible policies and expensive fees still leave too many animals branded as “homeless” even when they have an owner. Hear from shelter leaders about how they are using innovative strategies to drive positive outcomes and reunite pets with the people who love them.
| Senior Director, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States
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.