October 3, 2012
The Pets for Life Toolkit Will Show You How to Help Animals in Under-Served Communities
The HSUS and PetSmart Charities work together to provide a manual and mentorship program
For years, The Humane Society of the United States' Pets for Life Program has organized community outreach programs designed to help pets and people in under-served communities where veterinary and pet care services are unavailable or unaffordable. Now The HSUS has developed a toolkit created to help other organizations implement similar programs.
What is the Pets for Life Toolkit?
The result of on the ground work in communities in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other locations, the Pets for Life Community Outreach Toolkit is the first of its kind.
It is a step-by-step manual to show animal care service providers and other social welfare advocates how to develop and implement strategies that will deliver critical information and resources such as vaccinations, spay/neuter, dog training, and many other services to areas where affordable and accessible general pet wellness care has not been made readily available.
“Just as there are food deserts in some parts of the country, we have found there are animal care deserts, where residents don’t have access to veterinary and pet wellness services,” said Amanda Arrington, director for The HSUS’ Pets for Life program. “The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life Community Outreach Toolkit will help to close this gap between desire for pet care and availability, and will provide innovative solutions for animal care organizations of all kinds to extend their services to people and pets who have the least access to pet care services and resources.”
The Pets for Life Mentorship/Training program
The HSUS and PetSmart Charities are also announcing the Pets for Life Mentorship/Training program, which will provide direct, hands on community outreach training to ten markets across the country, starting in fall 2012. PetSmart Charities is funding the mentorship grants, and The HSUS will provide the training and mentorship.
Get the toolkit
The toolkit is intended be used in its entirety as a comprehensive tool. However, organizations can also download individual chapters to focus on a specific section. The toolkit features both written and video components.
The Pets for Life Community Outreach Toolkit has been made possible by the generosity of PetSmart Charities.