Better Together Animal Alliance
Total Grant Funding: $88,000 since 2018
In May 2018, Maddie’s Fund® gave Better Together Animal Alliance (formerly Panhandle Animal Shelter) a $50,000 Maddie’s Idea Lab Research Grant to expand the usage of their Home to Home web-based program to help organizations provide positive alternatives to shelter surrender. The program was implemented at 40 shelters across the United States. The percentage of animals surrendered to the shelters, after they were posted on Home to Home, steadily declined over three years, with the average rate of reduction of 26% for owner surrender, and 100% of respondents from participating organizations stated Home to Home helped them be more engaged with their community.
In September 2020, an additional $30,000 was approved to support the implementation of Home to Home at 38 additional shelters, with Human Animal Support Services (HASS) shelters being a priority. As of October 2021, 41 shelters have been on-boarded at no cost to the shelter, including 15 HASS pilot shelters. Currently 78 shelters across the country are part of the program, and 54 will join after the launch of the new Home to Home platform in the coming months. Since the program’s creation in 2016, they have collectively helped over 6,000 pets find new homes without entering the shelter.