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Emergency Placement Partners

Ongoing care and adoption for animals in dire straits


When The HSUS's rescue rig pulls up to the Loudoun 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 Loudoun 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

Companion animals may also be left homeless during natural disasters like flooding, hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes.

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

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 Loudoun 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?

We invite all eligible organizations to apply. After viewing the program policies [PDF], submit a completed application [PDF] to The HSUS.

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.

Have more questions about The HSUS's Emergency Placement Partners? Please email us.

Hear more from our current Emergency Placement Partners!

"The Humane Society of the United States rescues animals that have been through a disastrous ordeal, yet these animals still arrive at Nashville Humane Association excited about what the future may hold for them. Theses displaced pets can’t speak, but they have a voice and they do their part in helping raise awareness for all the homeless animals in our community.

Nashville Humane Association is committed to finding responsible homes, controlling pet overpopulation and promoting the humane treatment of animals. We are honored to be an Emergency Placement Partner with The Humane Society of the United States and proud to participate in this amazing, lifesaving program, which is our goal as well: helping homeless animals." -- Joy Beach, Executive Director, Nashville Humane Association

"Whether it’s a cruelty case in Tennessee, rescuing animals from the threat of rising floodwaters in Mississippi, or shutting down a puppy mill in our home state of North Carolina, the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is proud to be an HSUS Emergency Placement Partner. The EPP program exemplifies a belief that we put into practice every day – when animal welfare organizations work together, more lives are saved and more forever homes are found." -- David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

"St. Hubert’s is a proud Emergency Placement Partner of the Humane Society of the United States. Not only do these deserving animals need a place to go to start life anew after rescue -- and we’re glad to be that place for them -- we help to tell their stories to raise awareness, improve disaster preparedness, change laws and otherwise prevent the very situations that caused their suffering, neglect or need in the first place," Heather Cammisa, President and CEO, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

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