Human Animal Support Services
During the pandemic, U.S. animal shelters fell into one of two camps. The first were those that lived up to their mission, stayed open as an essential service (with policies to protect staff and the public), and met their obligations to residents and animals.
The second were those that closed their doors, turned animals away, and abandoned the debt and duties they owed animals and residents. These pounds did less work, cared for fewer animals, and all but ceased their adoption programs, even though it increased animal suffering. As a result, animals were left on the streets, including a blind pregnant cat found by one couple walking in circles: “It was just heartbreaking... They told us to release the cat.” Unfortunately — under a program they call “Human Animal Support Services” (HASS) — some shelters have made that permanent.
Why? To appear to be doing a better job than they are. Because shelters are turning animals away and published statistics only measure outcomes for animals taken in, they claim higher placement or “save” rates without doing the work necessary to achieve No Kill success in earnest. Meanwhile, animals are dying on the street.
Click the buttom below to view, print, or download the FREE position paper on why this approach is a threat to animals, an existential threat to sheltering, and what progressive shelters committed to the best interests of animals should be doing instead: