The Humane Society of the United States and its network of Emergency Placement Partners is pleased to announce the launch of the Shelter Ally Project. This project focuses on providing resources for transport and improving shelter operations to assist shelters in need.

The first shelter to receive assistance as a result of this project is the Palm Valley Animal Shelter, located in Palm Valley, Texas. The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society of Tulsa and several additional placement partners are working with the Palm Valley Animal Shelter to help them save more lives. The Palm Valley Animal Shelter is responsible for providing animal control services in 14 counties and intakes tens of thousands of animals every year with extremely limited resources for community assistance, adoptions and placement. The Shelter Ally Project will:

  • Facilitate and help fund the costs associated with transport of animals at the shelter to HSUS Placement Partners that have the resources and space to take them;
  • Provide experts on a case by case basis to work with the shelter staff on handling human wildlife conflicts effectively, keeping pets in homes and out of shelters, improving communication and fundraising efforts; and
  • Pair the shelters in need that want to improve their practices with allies: HSUS Placement Partners that act as mentors.

“There are still many shelters that are overwhelmed and want to change, but need outside support, both in the form of funding and guidance, to help animals in their community in the most effective way possible,” says Kimberly Alboum, director of shelter outreach and policy engagement. “We’re very excited that we and our placement partners will be giving shelters that want to improve the opportunity and, most importantly, the support necessary to do so.”

The number of animals being euthanized in the nearly 4,000 animal shelters throughout the country has decreased by millions over the past two decades. This is still a far cry from the day that no healthy and adoptable animal is euthanized, but it is progress to be celebrated, and this project will help decrease the number of companion animals euthanized in shelters even further.

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