Mar 18, 2021
It has been over a decade since we began the APA! Optimistic Alternate options to Shelter Give up Program (PASS). We started this initiative as a result of we acknowledged that Austin pet house owners had been usually confronted with the horrible selection to surrender their pets as a consequence of housing points, life crises, pet medical issues the proprietor couldn’t afford to deal with, and different human issues. The overwhelming majority of those caregivers liked their pets like household, however their solely selection on the time was to give up the pet to the Austin metropolis shelter.
That’s after we created the PASS Fb group, a protected area for pet caretakers to get assets and help to assist them preserve their pets, or in some circumstances, safely rehome their pet to a different loving dwelling with out that animal having to enter the shelter system. PASS helps folks briefly board their pet, discover a short-term foster placement, increase funds for medical care, and extra. Right now, PASS has 12,000 members and serves hundreds of pets and folks yearly. Although many APA! supporters should not even conscious PASS exists, it’s among the many most impactful packages within the APA! household of lifesaving companies.
Final month, APA! employed our first-ever PASS Coordinator. Till this level, PASS has been operated solely with volunteer help, managed by one PASS Supervisor, Patty Alexander. On this unprecedented time, extra folks than ever are going through monetary challenges and different hardships that, with out our assist, will outcome within the separation of human/animal households and we acknowledge that saving shelter pets must be augmented with serving to folks not create extra pets in shelters.
The community-centered philosophy behind PASS has helped create the nationwide Human Animal Assist Companies (HASS) motion, a collaborative challenge facilitated by our training and outreach division, American Pets Alive! (AmPA!).
This week, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Affiliation highlighted our work in a characteristic story entitled, “Animal shelters, management officers, purpose to be extra community-centric.”
That is the second giant, nationwide publication to spotlight HASS, the primary being Quick Firm’s September then title article about this huge nationwide initiative.
With the worldwide attain of AmPA!, we are actually capable of assist tons of of different animal welfare organizations round the US and past implement security internet and pet help packages just like the PASS initiatives that work to maintain households collectively. Please take a second to learn this story and we’d like to hear from you when you have been impacted by the PASS program, both as a Good Samaritan or somebody who has obtained assist and help from this group pet assist program!