January 30, 2013
Emergency Placement Partners
Ongoing care and adoption for animals in dire straits
When The HSUS's rescue rig pulls up to the Loudon County Animal Shelter with its load of rescued pups, it's a cause for celebration.
As one of The HSUS's Emergency Placement Partners, the northern Virginia shelter not only reaps the rewards of being able to give downtrodden dogs a second chance, but they score a bevy of other benefits, too.
"We'd all get so excited whenever we got an EPP call to take in rescued dogs," recalls Loudon County Animal Shelter's former deputy chief Janette Reever. "With any big rescue case, all the media coverage really grabs the public's attention and tugs at their hearts. People who had never visited our shelter before would drive down, wanting to do their part to help the animals.
"Half of those people who showed up for the dogs they saw on the news would end up spotting and adopting another wonderful dog or cat who'd been waiting at the shelter for months. Our overall adoption rates would skyrocket with every EPP rescue."
Breathing new life into a shelter's adoption program, as well as piquing—and maintaining—the public's interest is every shelter manager's dream. Joining the EPP network, on a nationwide mission to stop animal abuse, provides the perfect vehicle to do just that.
Who are Emergency Placement Partners?
Emergency Placement Partners are part of a national mission to save animals from abuse. They are animal shelters, rescue groups, and other humane organizations who choose to join our national network targeting large-scale animal-abuse cases—from hoarding situations to animal fighting or puppy mill operations. EPPs must qualify as:
- a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit humane organization;
- a organization affiliated with a national or regional breed rescue association; or
- a public animal care and control agency
We are delighted to work as a placement partner with The Humane Society of the United States to assist animals in need and save lives!
— Lesly Smith, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
What do Emergency Placement Partners do?
Emergency Placement Partners are perhaps the most crucial element in our national mission to rescue abused animals. After The HSUS removes animals from abusive situations, we work with EPPs to care for and place the animals. As local groups with access to local resources, EPPs provide the animals with veterinary care, rehabilitation, and ultimately, placement in lifelong homes.
What kinds of situations do the animals come from?
Emergency Placement Partners take in animals from all kinds of large-scale abuse cases across the country, including:
- natural disasters
- puppy mills
- cockfighting operations
- hoarding cases
- extreme neglect cases
Our commitment to the dogs seized at the Bakersfield, Vt., puppy mill remains strong and constant...Our collaboration with you is vital and sustaining to our mission.
— Tom Ayres, Humane Society of Chittenden County
Companion animals may also be left homeless during natural disasters like flooding, hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes.
While some animals are well-socialized family pets, others may be traumatized and need rehabilitation and extensive care before being rehomed.
Can The HSUS assist EPPs financially with the cost of caring for these displaced animals?
Thanks to our new Animal Cruelty Assistance Fund, there are now even more opportunities for financial assistance for EPPs to help recover resources spent on rescued animals. The media attention on large-scale rescues also tends to inspire financial donations from the public for the local rescue groups involved.
What are the benefits of becoming an Emergency Placement Partner?
For people in the animal rescue field, helping abused animals find their forever homes is an incomparable joy that cultivates an enduring commitment to fighting against animal cruelty.
And while the goodwill generated from within the community is one benefit, the goodwill generated among fellow rescue groups is another.
"During our EPP rescues, the chance to network and develop relationships with other rescue groups was really invaluable," says Loudon County's Reever. "It was a huge reassurance to know that just as we had their backs, they'd have ours if we really needed them."
HSUS does an amazing job helping with these large-scale rescues and it is rewarding to be a part of it and see so many animal lives transformed from the horrific places they were rescued from to warm, loving forever homes.
— Sheryl Blancato, Second Chance Animal Shelter
How can my organization become an Emergency Placement Partner?
What's the next step?
After we review your application, the EPP deputy manager will contact you in 2 to 4 weeks. If your organization is accepted into the program, you will be asked to sign and return the Policies and Agreement[PDF] document.
Once you're accepted as an Emergency Placement Partner, you're entered into our national database, and we may call on you for help as the need arises. We'll work closely with you to ensure an optimal experience for both your organization and the animals you take in.
More questions about The HSUS's Emergency Placement Partners? Please email us.
Watch our free webinar "Animal Rescue Groups, A Vital Link for Animal Welfare" to see how The HSUS is helping rescue groups and find out how you can improve your local group or start your own rescue.