Denver Animal Protection awarded $50,000 grant to keep pets with their owners during pandemic

Denver Animal Protection has become one of the many animal welfare organizations to benefit from Maddie’s Fund, a national foundation that transforms the way pets across the country are viewed and taken care of.

From Maddie’s Fund, DAP received a $50,000 grant which allowed them to start a pilot program utilizing Human Animal Support Services or HASS, a new animal welfare organizational model that values pets as part of the family-unit. HASS pilot animal shelters make sure that pets stay with their owners, help lost pets get home, and aid pet owners in meeting their pets’ needs.

The importance of HASS came out of the pandemic, as more and more animals found their way into foster care and animal welfare advocates began to fear that the pandemic’s economic impacts would force more people to give up their pets.

Fox Denver 31

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