PASS works to create an immediate intervention for people who believe they have to surrender their pet to a shelter but don’t want to and would rather find an alternative solution. That intervention can be virtual rehoming, raising funds for medical care, finding temporary placement or other types of support (food, transportation, fence building) by leveraging an active base of people in a community who want to help.
Tip: Find ideas in the Case Management toolkit.
The Austin PASS page is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PassAPA
Promote the Facebook group and email address on your organization’s main website and social media channels.
Accessible to members of the community who aren’t on social media where the case manager can post on their behalf.
Often, letting the owner post themselves is more effective than posting for them.
If successfully implemented, the PASS program will:
Most communities have veterinarians that serve the public, even if a shelter doesn’t have veterinary staff. Since one of the primary drivers of relinquishment of owned animals is the health of the animal, working with existing practices can be the lowest hanging fruit without the expense of running your own public facing clinic or managing a crowdsourcing page. Helping veterinarians understand the gap in access to care, the techniques around Incremental Care and the ways they can offer financing to owners who can pay but maybe not right now and who don’t qualify for Care Credit can bring your community together to help more people and animals.