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The HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partners program is not only about the placement of victims from cruelty and neglect, it's about partnership. Our partners oftentimes respond with us on the ground during large scale cruelty cases and disasters, work on community level issues and stay up to date on state and federal level initiatives. All of this is optional, of course! Becoming a partner does not mean that you have to take animals or participate in cases, it means that you have the option. Our partners network with other shelters and rescue groups across the country on best practices and innovative techniques in sheltering and adoption.

Do you want to join our exciting coalition? Submit your application below!

Organization information
Mailing address
Is your organization a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit?
Does your organization have commercial general liability insurance with limits of at least $1 million/occurrence and $2 million/aggregate?
Does your organization have at least $1 million combined single limit auto coverage?
If more than zero, does your organization provide statutory workers' compensation insurance?
If more than zero, does your organization have employer’s liability insurance with a limit of at least $100,000?
Contact information
Primary name
Secondary name
Animals accepted
Your organization provides placement for the following type(s) of animal(s):
Does your organization have a veterinarian and/or medical team on staff?
Will your organization consider taking animals with medical conditions?
Does your organization have a certified dog trainer or behaviorist and/or behavior team on staff?
Will your organization consider taking in animals with behavioral considerations?
Does your organization utilize foster homes?
Does your organization utilize private boarding facilities?
Organization information
Are you able to transport companion animals?
Are you able to transport larger animals, such as goats, pigs or cattle?
Do you have a written disaster plan?
Do you participate in Shelter Animals Count?
If no, are you willing to contribute your organization’s data to Shelter Animals Count?
Do you practice Return-to-Field for community cats and/or participate in the Million Cat Challenge?
HSUS’ Shelter Ally Project connects organizations in a mentor/mentee relationship. Are you interested in learning more about becoming a mentor to a shelter in need?
Required documents

As part of the Shelter and Rescue Partner program application process, please provide the following:

Any one of the following documents:

  • Copy of last annual report to the State Veterinarian
  • Copy of last similar or applicable report to other local or state regulatory agency
  • Copy of last inspection report from local regulatory agency
  • Letter of endorsement from national or regional breed association

All of the following documents:

  • Two letters of reference from a veterinarian, local government officials, partner shelter/rescue or other animal welfare organization
  • Mission statement and by-laws
  • 501(c)(3) letter of determination
  • Adoption survey form
  • Adoption contract
  • Foster agreement form (if foster homes are used)
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