a mother fox surrounded by her kits
Photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen

Every year millions of wild animals are unnecessarily killed with traps and other cruel methods in misguided and ineffective attempts at solving conflicts among people, pets and wildlife. These methods don’t address the root causes of conflicts between people and wildlife or acknowledge the important role that wildlife serves in our communities.

Animal care and control professionals are bearing the brunt of handling these wildlife conflict issues, and therefore have the power to break this cycle of unnecessary killing by putting in place humane and effective protocols for responding to wildlife conflicts and communicating messages of tolerance about wildlife to the public.

We invite you to become a part of this movement by signing The Humane Society of the United States’ Wild Neighbors™ Pledge, which is a commitment to using humane solutions for conflicts with wildlife and promoting coexistence with your community’s wild neighbors.

After signing the pledge, you will receive an eye-catching sign to place in your shelter or agency’s window that announces your signing of the pledge and commitment to protecting wildlife.

Our shelter/agency/organization agrees to participate in the Wild Neighbors™ Pledge program, a program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). To qualify for the program we certify the following:

Please select at least one of the following three criteria to qualify:
Our organization does not trap and/or euthanize healthy wildlife for nuisance reasons, unless necessary to protect human health and safety. This includes wildlife brought into our facility from the public and from nuisance wildlife control operators. Instead, we utilize humane solutions for conflicts with wildlife.
Our organization does not loan out traps to the public for the purpose of trapping and removing wildlife from, in and around a dwelling, unless released on site. Instead, we advise the public on humane solutions for wildlife conflicts, such as those presented on wildneighbors.org.
Our organization does not automatically euthanize rabies vector species, such as bats, unless human or domestic animal exposure cannot be ruled out.