Links to organisations with innovative strategies and programs from around the world

Please click on the links below to see what other proactive people and organisations are doing around the world to reduce euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets. The listings are in no particular order.

AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

ASPCApro.org provides tools and resources for animal welfare professionals and advocates, including public and private animal protection organizations and rescue groups, veterinarians, law enforcement agencies, and emergency responders. They have gathered information and knowledge from experts, along with profiles, sample materials, and inspiration from proven programs in the field, to share and use.

aspcapro.org

HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

The Humane Society of the United States offers many resources to help you in your work for animals.One of these is the Animal Sheltering website and magazine. Bimonthly, full-color, and broad-reaching in content, Animal Sheltering is for everyone who cares about the animals in their community—from humane society directors and city animal control managers to kennel staff, volunteers, and private individuals working as activists, breed rescuers, wildlife rehabers, veterinarians, and more.

animalsheltering.org

Rescue Central

Pets for Life program

Pets for Life 2014 Report

Companion Animal Policy Toolkit

OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY

Oregon Humane Society has a long history but it is the last 6-10 years where they have really hit their straps with some amazing and effective programs that are producing outstanding results for their community.

oregonhumane.org

CITY OF CALGARY

The City of Calgary have a self funding animal management department due to innovative and effective programs and activities. Their focus is on licensing, returning licensed animals to owners, a low/no cost desexing clinic and public education.

http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/ABS/Pages/Animal-Services/Animal-statistics.aspx

Animal Sheltering Magazine article - Out of control into compassion

No More Homeless Pets Conference 2010 City of Calgary Animal and Bylaw Services Presentation

Animal Sheltering Magazine article - Licence to Succeed

Bill Bruce interview with 7.30 Report 8/11/11

Presentation on Calgary Model

BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY

For over 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been running the United State's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters.

bestfriends.org

Resources for shelters and rescuers

HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL CENTRE

Located in San Diego, Helen Woodward   Animal Center is a unique, private, non-profit organization dedicated   to saving the lives of animals and enriching the lives of people. For   more than 30 years, the Center has provided humane care and   animal adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational   and therapeutic programs for people. The Center is a dynamic, evolving   institution that is an agent of change for the animal welfare world.   Not only are they operating innovative and beneficial programs for animals   and people, but they are teaching others around the world how to successfully   market and promote their animal adoption and humane programs and stop   the senseless death of thousands of animals. Their well known President, Mike Arms, has presented all over the world on "The Business of Saving Lives".

animalcenter.org

HUMANE SOCIETY VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) was formed as a home for veterinary professionals who want to engage in direct care programs for animals in need and educate the public and others in the profession about animal welfare issues.

HSVMA Rural Area Veterinary Services (HSVMA-RAVS), is their primary direct care program. They are also actively involved in advocating for better public policies for animals and advancing humane alternatives in veterinary education.

hsvma.org

VETS BEYOND BORDERS

Vets Beyond Borders is an Australian-based, not-for-profit, organisation established by veterinary volunteers in 2003. Vets Beyond Borders co-ordinates and runs veterinary based animal welfare and public health programs in developing communities of the Asia and Pacific region.

vetsbeyondborders.org

MARIN HUMANE SOCIETY

The Marin Humane Society offers refuge, rehabilitation, and support services to more than 10,000 domestic animals and wildlife each year through a myriad of community services, including adoptions, foster care, behavior and training, humane education, pet assistance for people in need, lost-and-found pet services, low-cost clinics, and more.

marinhumanesociety.org

NEW LEASH ON LIFE

New Leash On Life USA helps abandoned shelter dogs and prison inmates by bringing them together to learn new skills, experience positive reinforcement and grow from the caring partnerships they create together.

newleashonlife-usa.org

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS - KORET SHELTER MEDICINE PROGRAM

The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program works to prevent millions of animals dying in shelters each year, often as a result of preventable illnesses. This doesn't have to happen. Something as simple as a missed vaccine or dirty cage can mean the difference between life and death for a homeless animal. At the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine program aims to use veterinary science to protect the health of shelter animals so that more survive to find lifelong homes. This goal is accomplished by:

  • Training veterinary students, veterinarians and shelter professionals in all aspects of shelter medicine
  • Consulting directly with shelter veterinarians and managers to improve animal care and health
  • Conducting research into the most pressing issues affecting shelter animals

This information is then available to the community via sheltermedicine.com

Portal information

The University of California Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program have partnered to create Virtual Consultant: a free web-based tool that enables animal shelters to assess their everyday practices.

We help shelters protect animal health, support animal welfare, and save animals’ lives.

virtualconsultant.sheltermedicine.com

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA - MADDIE'S SHELTER MEDICINE PROGRAM

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program is a comprehensive shelter medicine program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine made possible by Maddie’s Fund.

sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu

MADDIE'S FUND

Maddie's Fund was developed by Dave and Cheryl Duffield, in honour of their dog Maddie, in order to help save homeless pets in desperate need of love and care. The website has a comprehensive resource library and useful information on how to gather data and develop statistics.

maddiesfund.org

UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC - ANIMAL SHELTER MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE

This program will provide the knowledge you need to assume a management or leadership role at an open-admission animal shelter. You'll learn how to maximize a shelter's lifesaving potential through program management, community engagement, and shelter operations while at the same time preparing yourself for an exciting career.

Animal Shelter Management Certificate

SAWA - SOCIETY OF ANIMAL WELFARE ADMINISTRATORS

The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a non-profit individual membership organization of professionals in animal welfare, care & control, dedicated to the growth and prestige of our industry. SAWA strives to advocate humane ideals through professional advancement of members. Animal welfare leaders network with peers, establish mentor relationships, share best practices, form successful collaborations, and advance the field.

sawanetwork.org

IAABC - INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOR CONSULTANTS 

The IAABC was founded in 2004, recognizing that the practice of assisting the public with companion animal behavior problems was a growing field that encompassed many different professionals: veterinarians, animal trainers, animal shelter employees, academics as well as practicing consultants who didn't always fit neatly into one of the aforementioned categories.

The IAABC developed a Shelter Division in 2016. The aim of the Division is to create a place where current and future shelter workers can get quality education, information, community and support, with the goal of improving the lives of those working in shelters, as well as the animals and adopters they serve.

iaabc.org/shelter

WORLD SPAY DAY

World Spay Day is an initiative of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International and is a day to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving the lives of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street. 

World Spay Day provides a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to join together toward a common goal —a comprehensive global, united effort to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion animals.

Past events have included low- and no-cost spay/neuter clinics, providing life-saving veterinary services for low-income families, fundraisers to benefit spay/neuter programs, and educational efforts spreading the message about the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

spaydayportal.humanesociety.org

PET RESCUE

PetRescue is a not-for-profit organisation that helps to find new homes for lost and abandoned pets. PetRescue believes every homeless pet deserves the chance to find a new loving family, but with rescue groups across the country struggling to feed and care for animals, many pets miss out on homes simply because nobody knows they are available.PetRescue makes it easy for potential adopters to find and save a rescue pet. Their website is the largest online, searchable directory of rescue pets in Australia and it also has a comprehensive information library.

petrescue.com.au

Safe and Sound Pounds Guidebooks

ANIMAL FARM FOUNDATION

Animal Farm Foundation, Inc. has been rescuing and re-homing animals, providing information, resources (including grants) and training shelter professionals, since the mid-1980's.

They currently dedicate their resources to securing equal treatment and opportunity for "pit bull" and "pit bull" type dogs. However, the resources and information available on their website are just as useful for any shelter or pound, anywhere in the world.

animalfarmfoundation.org

HUMAN ANIMAL BOND RESEARCH INITIATIVE FOUNDATION - HABRI CENTRAL

HABRI Central is an online platform for open research and collaboration into the relationships between humans and animals, specifically companion animals. HABRI Central uses a combination of library resources to facilitate the discovery, access, production, and preservation of human-animal interaction research.  library resources, community-driven discussion areas, blogs, and user groups all allow you to connect and share knowledge with experts, professionals, and others involved in the study of human-animal interaction. By hosting all of these features in an easily accessible and centralized way, HABRI Central helps unite those involved in the study of human-animal interaction across disciplines while simultaneously lowering access barriers that might prevent the free flow of information among them.

habricentral.org

CENTRE FOR SHELTER DOGS

The Center for Shelter Dogs, a program of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, is dedicated to improving the welfare of homeless dogs cared for by humane organizations, animal control facilities, and rescue groups throughout the nation.  Rigorous science-based research and outcome assessment is the cornerstone of all efforts by the Center. Drawing on the expertise of its staff, the Center is able to incorporate clinical medicine and epidemiology into its strategies, establishing a world-class program on behalf of shelter dogs. The Center has a huge array of online resources, take a look today!

centerforshelterdogs.org

JVR SHELTER STRATEGIES

JVR Shelter Strategies are a USA based company that provide specialized consultation services that focus on the needs of individual organizations, from large open-intake municipal shelters, to limited-admission private facilities.  Animal welfare organizations strive to the do the best they can, often with limited resources, staff, and money.  We recognize the difficult task that people face at these shelters and work to develop strategies that are easy to implement, yet powerful, with the ultimate goal of saving more animal lives yearly. JVR Shelter Strategies have a blog and other inline resources that can be found on the website.

shelterstrategies.com

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTION ORGANISATIONS

IAHAIO is a global umbrella organization drawing together many associations doing exciting work in the human-animal interaction (HAI) field.

IAHAIO embraces those who are working in research, education, and practice of HAI.

The mission is to provide international leadership in advancing the HAI field. We do this through international conferences, collaborative projects, and an interactive web-based discussion area.

We aim to help those working in HAI to network together to develop ground-breaking collaborative projects.

iahaio.org

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ANIMAL MANAGEMENT

The Australian Institute of Animal Management’s focus is on service delivery and the development of solutions in animal management. Having a national focus on Animal Management such as this has the great potential to provide encouragement, assistance and support for any organisation that is already active in this field at State or regional levels. The Institute’s intent is to help facilitate the development of best practice in animal management in Australia.

The Institute’s primary operational objective each year is to convene the best national urban animal management conference it can.

aiam.org.au

HUMANE ALLIANCE

Humane Alliance is a United States nationally recognized nonprofit organization that focuses on high-volume, high-quality, low-cost companion animal sterilization. Since 1994, when we started as a small spay/neuter clinic in Asheville, NC, we have fostered a new mentoring culture across the country to successfully replicate our tried and tested clinic model. Because we know that more than one organization is needed to solve the euthanasia epidemic crisis, our philosophy is to share our best practices as far and wide as possible, and we have adopted a multi-faceted plan of action in order to achieve this. Today, we provide curricula for veterinary students, private practice veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and administrators.

humanealliance.org

PETSMART CHARITIES

The Petsmart Charities Pro website is bristling with great free and easily accessinle learning resources. Check out the great programs that the Petsmart Partners have going and sign up to a webinar today!

petsmartcharities.org/pro

PETSMART CHARITIES

NATIONAL LINK COALITION

The National Link Coalition is the USA national resource centre for the link between animal abuse and human violence.

nationallinkcoalition.org

NATIONAL ANIMAL CONTROL & CARE ASSOCIATION

The National Animal Control & Care Association (NACA) of the USA has as its mission, The National Animal Care & Control Association is committed to setting the standard of professionalism in animal welfare and public safety through training, networking, and advocacy.Read more about proactive community animal management in this article written by Todd Stosuy, NACA 2015 President.

nacanet.org

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF HUMANE SOCIETIES

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is the only national organization representing humane societies and SPCAs in Canada. The CFHS website has lots of resources and information.

cfhs.ca

Cats in Canada 2017: A five year review of cat overpopulation

INTERNATIONAL CITY/COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities.

icma.org

DOGS PLAYING FOR LIFE

Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL) is a program rooted in the notion that a dogs' natural instinct is to play.

In many cases, play groups instantly demonstrate to staff that dogs initially feared as being aggressive or unbalanced, really are social and adoptable. Play groups have proven to be a critical enrichment and assessment tool for animal welfare organizations of all different sizes and functions internationally.

DPFL Manual

DPFL Impact Report

dogsplayingforlife.com

DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE

The Denver Dumb Friends League, located in Colorado, USA, employs a broad spectrum of strategies to reduce homeless pets in their community and to ensure that as many homeless pets as possible are reunited with their owners or placed in new homes. Growing community involvement in, and support for, their efforts has enabled the League to expand our programs and services while maintaining our commitment to ending pet homelessness and animal suffering.

ddfl.org

Teaching resources

DOGS OUT LOUD

Dogs Out Loud provides training and education programs for dogs, handlers and adopters that aim to increase the dogs’ adoptability, enhance the dog-human relationship, and improve the reputation of medium to large breed shelter dogs. They also spearhead enrichment and fundraising projects geared toward improving the lives of dogs living at the shelter.

dogsoutloud.org

Shelter Dog Behavor Program

CAT PROTECTION SOCIETY OF N.S.W

Catcare.org.au is an initiative of the Cat Protection Society of N.S.W. to provide support to veterinary professionals and ancillary workers such as pound and shelter staff and volunteers, as well as all those working in the promotion of responsible cat ownership and cat care. They have developed a Vet Professional Education Package for Early Age Desexing that includes CPD points for registered Veterinarians.

catcare.org.au

EAD Vet professional Education Package

TARGET ZERO

Target Zero launched in 2013, mentoring proven-to-work Best Practices strategies to shelter leaders in Fellow Communities (at no charge) to help them get to zero euthanasia of all adoptable shelter animals. As of late 2015, Waco, TX; Huntsville, Alabama; and Brevard County, FL became TZ's first three Alumni Cities. Waco was at a 36% save rate when we arrived. Today we are in over 20 cities and seeing such incredible results and so many lives saved!

target-zero.org

California sheltering report

In the wake of Governor Brown’s proposal to repeal certain existing state laws affecting animal shelters in California owing to budget-related issues, a diverse statewide stakeholders’ group formed and worked throughout 2012 and into 2013 to identify meaningful ways to realize California’s policy “that no adoptable or treatable animal should be euthanized if it can be adopted into a suitable home.” 

The stakeholders developed 23 recommendations that California agencies and communities can utilize to help animals, advance the work of animal sheltering, and move California closer toward its goal of saving every adoptable and treatable animal. Some of these changes would require modifications to existing California state statutes; others are “best practices” recommendations that the group believes California animal shelters should strongly consider implementing. Communities should prioritize the implementation of these strategies to improve welfare and outcomes for homeless animals.

cashelteringreport.org

HeartsSpeak

HeARTs Speak is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that’s uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals.

First impressions are our specialty and we’re dedicated to inspiring change for shelter pets across the globe through programs that leverage creativity and collaboration.

heartsspeak.org

working cats

ASPCApro

Cat Haven

Humane Rescue Alliance

Best Friends L.A.

Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter

Maddies Fund webinar and guide