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Pet relinquishment and surrender prevention

Many animals surrendered to shelters are given up due to solvable behavior issues or lack of housing. These tools can help you keep more pets in homes and make pet care, behavior and wellness resources and other information more accessible to pet owners and potential adopters.

  • Rethinking returns

    It’s a scenario longtime rescuers have nightmares about, and yet we rarely see it coming: One day, seemingly out of the blue, you get the email message: “URGENT! I need to return Fido to you this weekend!”

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    Municipal Pet Policy Toolkit

    A strong foundation of animal management policies is essential for creating and sustaining humane communities. These policies should balance public health and safety with animal welfare needs, enabling harmonious co-existence between people and pets. The following set of ordinances adhere to the principles described in our Municipal Pet Policy Toolkit.

    A single tookit is free—just pay tax and shipping! You’ll see the discount when you checkout. $10 for each additional tookit.

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  • Magazine Article

    No place like rehome

    Marin Humane’s No Place Like Home program helps pets move directly from one home to another.

    With web-based private rehoming programs, pets can skip the shelter

    We’re not auditioning to play Captain Obvious, but one way to reduce your intake is to help pets skip the shelter altogether. Two California shelters are finding success by promoting web-based, owner-to-owner rehoming.

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  • Blog Post

    No place like home

    Should your animal shelter offer a private rehoming service?

    For as long as there have been newspaper classifieds and online forums, pets have found themselves listed for rehoming—often with very little oversight or support. Why is that?

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