There are currently pilot shelters and foundational shelters. Pilot shelters have committed to adopting the whole range of programs and will serve as the brave leaders of this project. Pilot organizations will learn lessons and build resources that will inform us all about how to make HASS even better and keep more pets in their homes and communities! The foundational shelters are taking a steady approach, adopting some of the HASS programs now, while laying the groundwork to create and grow all the programs in their shelters eventually.
Yes, we do! Over the past several years, organizations that operate high volume foster programs have placed 3,000 or more pets in foster homes with just one FTE employee. The emergence of COVID-19 led organizations to send record numbers of pets to foster homes. Many organizations are housing 75 to 90% of their total inventory in foster care. And the wild part? There are still more fosters signed up, waiting to help, than shelters are trying to place animals! The evidence of the past few years shows us, without a doubt, that foster care will be the primary method of housing pets in the future.
We work with shelters all over the country (and the world!) and have yet to find an animal services organization that is operating all the programs. Even if your shelter is operating similar programs, you are likely not maximizing the programs’ potential, keeping pets in their homes and communities, and saving lives. When you become a HASS Partner organization, we’ll help you evaluate your programs’ existence and success. We will show you how you can build upon the great things your organization is currently doing.