Human Animal Support Services (HASS) is an international coalition of animal welfare leaders and organizations, coming together to transform the role animal shelters and animal control agencies play in supporting animals and people in our communities.
This is a collaborative effort facilitated by American Pets Alive! and made possible by incredible partners, including Maddie’s® Fund, South Fork Foundation, Rachael Ray Foundation, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, Pedigree Foundation, Petfinder, and Brandywine SPCA.
HASS promotes collaboration between animal welfare professionals, animal services agencies and the communities they serve. Working together, we create and share resources including policies, tools, and training to create meaningful, institutional change, ultimately reducing shelter intake and the number of animals housed in animal shelters.
HASS advocates reallocation of resources to serve more animals and people outside of the shelter walls. The HASS elements were developed by industry experts who have demonstrated success at some of the most challenging shelters in the U.S. Using lessons learned from years of piloting innovative programs and policies, HASS helps animal services agencies implement solutions that work to reduce intake and move pets through the shelter system quickly, reducing stress, illness, and costs of in-shelter care.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, caring people across the world stepped up to help care for animals in shelters. In one of the most difficult moments of our lifetimes, we have an opportunity to change the way our communities view and interact with the role of animal services. We embrace the countless people who raise their hands to help and say yes to creating a better world for cats, dogs and other companion animals, together.
– Kristen Hassen, Maddie’s Director of American Pets Alive!
Do you want to make sustainable change for pets and the people that love them? Join our movement.