Organization: Jacksonville Humane Society
Investigator(s): Denise Deisler and Nikki Harris
Grant Amount: $52,700
Project Type: Phase 1
Project Status: Research Complete
Jacksonville Humane Society's "Home to Home" program empowered people surrendering their pets by assisting them with rehoming their pets, negating the need to surrender them. The project provided rehoming support for 678 pets and successfully rehomed 208 pets.
To assess the effectiveness of the rehoming program as an alternative to a shelter surrender. The following metrics were collected for the current year and compared to the same metrics for the prior year: the number of pets successfully rehomed, the length of a pet's stay on the organization's community pet page for rehoming; intake of pets surrendered by their owners, intake of stray pets, and total intake by species.
Counselors worked individually with pet owners to help market their pets for adoption. This included help with taking quality pictures, writing pet biographies, giving them access to a list of rehoming websites and to Jacksonville Humane Society's webpage. Additionally, JHS offered owners the option to bring their pets to their adoption center for a day and to their off-site adoption events. The program also helped provide the pets with current vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping.
Jacksonville Humane Society's Home to Home pilot program was successful and provides a good example for other organizations considering intake prevention programs.