Austin, TX, June 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Human Animal Support Services (HASS), a new animal welfare organizational model, will implement a new range of services for pets and people in 12 pilot cities, helping keep more animals in their homes and communities and reducing the number entering the shelter system through programs and resources.The ideas for HASS were born during the early days of COVID-19, as the pandemic resulted in record numbers of pets being housed in the community through pet foster care.a??During the pandemic, we broadened the safety net for animals dramatically by asking the community for support, and they stepped up in a big way,a?? says Amy Zeifang, Executive Leadership Team, with Maddiea??s Fund, who is partially funding this endeavor. a??Animals are being reunited with families by community members in numbers not seen before. By keeping animals in the community and not the shelters, wea??ve all realized how much better for everyone it is to focus our efforts on keeping pets and families together,a?? she continued. a??Ninety-five percent of Americans with pets believe their pets are family members. Maddiea??s Fund is proud to see our energies spent supporting that important bond.a??The HASS pilot organizations include Humane Rescue Alliance (Washington, DC), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control (Charlotte, NC), Greenville County Animal Care (Greenville, SC), LifeLine Animal Project (Atlanta, GA), Cabot Animal Resource Center (Cabot, AR), Kansas City Pet Project (Kansas City, MO), El Paso Animal Services (El Paso, TX), Pima County Animal Care (Tucson, AZ), Los Angeles Animal Services (Los Angeles, CA), Oakland Animal Services (Oakland, CA), Fresno Humane Animal Services (Fresno, CA) and San Diego Humane Society (CA).a??What wea??ve learned throughout the pandemic, is that we can do more when it comes to providing community services to help people and their pets stay together,a?? said says project leader Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive! and American Pets Alive!. a??Whether ita??s providing resources to help lost and stray animals get home, keeping cats and dogs with their families, or getting sheltered pets to foster and adoptive homes faster, HASS aims to provide the tools to support the pilot shelters and their communities achieve these objectives and more.a??
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