Building and Facility

To develop an ideal building, site, and space to support the functions and intentions of the HASS movement as defined  by ongoing conversations with other HASS working groups. These deliverables will both describe and quantify space, flow, movement, and other diagrams to capture the intent. 

The group will then work with Tier 1 communities to identify ways to easily, inexpensively, and creatively implement the building program intent. From this work we will publish a short guide to adapt an existing traditional shelter  to  the new HASS guidelines.


Heather Lewis in a brown shirt with blonde hair. She has one hand up with her fingertips touching her face.
Heather Lewis

Beau Archer
Caty Townsend
Denae Wagner
Heather Lewis
Jackie Roach
Jennifer Federico
Jesse Keith
Richard Havens
Ryan Cook
Sandra Strong, DVM
Sara Price
Sarah Boman
Stacy LeBaron


We have been hard at work on Tier 1 organization reviews of existing facilities related to the Elements of HASS and needs to be a community based shelter. We are also creating a new shelter design deliverable about the physical and social requirements for a successful project. Lastly, we are creating short but engaging blog posts on a range of topics for education in a community.

Developed a plan for 1st Q 2021. We broke into two subgroups. Subgroup 1 is using the brainstorming we did in 2020 to review Tier 1 Shelter Plans. Subgroup 2 is using the brainstorming we did in 2020 to write an outline of the layout for the ideal HASS shelter and the remodeled HASS shelter.

We are still working on Strategies and Success Measures. We have been working hard to simultaneously map the remainder of the user groups’ experiences with a new HASS shelter so we can understand the implications for physical facilities. We intend to start a blog, and are working on our first posts.

Building/Facility worked on Obstacles and have defined them. We are now continuing to work though the perspectives of different “users” to a HASS facility so we can analyze the facility needs from the needs of each group. This will help give us the framework for creation of a HASS facility.

The Building/Facilities Working Group has gathered photos and plans from many of the Tier 1 Shelters for analysis. This group has also been working on a dynamic brainstorm of the requirements for a prototype HASS physical shelter, using user experience mapping.

The Building/Facilities Working Group has been tackling our tasks with a three pronged approach:

  • The “outreach” subgroup has developed a plan for interfacing with all the other working groups that are related to facilities and has delegated tasks for reaching out.
  • The “survey/data” subgroup is working on 1) gathering data about how people are using their facilities differently and 2) gathering floor plans and photos of tier one shelters, for use in evaluation.
  • The “brainstorm” subgroup is doing just that. Building the framework of a new animal shelter facility, based on the social model, and into which we can feed information learned from “outreach” and “survey/data” subgroups.

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