- How does the HSUS help local animal shelters and rescue groups?
- What if I have a concern about my local shelter or rescue?
- Where can I adopt a pet?
- How can I volunteer to help animals?
- I need to find a new home for my pet. Where can I turn?
- What is the HSUS's position on use of the gas chamber for euthanasia in animal shelters?
- How can I start my own animal shelter or rescue group?
- I have a question not answered here.
How does the HSUS help local animal shelters and rescue groups?
As a national animal advocacy organization, the HSUS doesn’t operate or oversee local shelters or rescue groups. We are neither a parent or chapter organization for any group, nor an inspection agency. Each shelter and rescue group is an independent organization governed by its own board of directors or local officials, and each group sets its own policies and rules. We do, however, complement the work of these local groups.
What if I have a concern about my local shelter or rescue?
If you have a concern about a local organization, we encourage you to first ensure you have the best available information by connecting with the organization itself. If that isn’t possible or you continue to be concerned after speaking with the organization, you may consider reaching out to the board of directors of that organization (typically listed on the shelter or rescue’s website) or, in the case of a municipal organization, contacting the agency that oversees the organization.
Where can I adopt a pet?
Thank you for wanting to adopt a new pet! As a national animal advocacy organization, the HSUS does not operate local shelters nor have pets available for adoption. You may search online at Adopt-A-Pet.com, Petfinder.com and at the websites of local shelters and rescues for pets available for adoption near you.
How can I volunteer to help animals?
Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Because the HSUS isn't affiliated with your local shelter or animal welfare agency, we can't give you specific information about volunteer opportunities they might offer; please reach out to those local shelters and agencies directly. You can also view current volunteer opportunities at the HSUS.
I need to find a new home for my pet. Where can I turn?
We're so sorry to hear that you're struggling to keep your pet. We have some resources for you that can help you keep your pet, or, if you're facing a challenging time and are unable to keep your pet, we have some tips for finding your pet a new home.
What is the HSUS's position on use of the gas chamber for euthanasia in animal shelters?
The HSUS is actively working to end the use of gas chambers in shelters across the country.
How can I start my own animal shelter or rescue group?
Thank you for wanting to help animals in your community! Before embarking on this effort, please take a moment to consider what the animals in your community need most. What will have the greatest impact, a shelter or efforts focused on preventing pet homelessness in the first place, like creating a spay/neuter fund or becoming a foster parent? We encourage you to review the Pets for Life Toolkit to learn how to assess the needs of your community and to best determine where there are voids to be filled. If you determine that a shelter or rescue group is most needed, check out our resources for rescue groups for information on starting and operating an effective, humane rescue organization.
I have a question not answered here.
If you have a question about the HSUS's programs for shelters or rescue groups, please email us. Please understand that we receive a very high volume of public inquiries and, while we read all emails submitted, we may not be able to respond if the question has been addressed on this page, in our resources for pet owners or if it involves a concern about a local shelter or rescue organization.