Human Animal Support Services (HASS)

Total Grant Funding: $5,985,000 since 2017

The Human Animal Support Services Pilot Project is a collaborative effort to keep pets and people together, so most pets don’t have to enter shelters at all. This represents a huge shift from traditional sheltering, helping shelters build stronger relationships with their communities.

In 2017, Maddie’s Fund® awarded $4M to Austin Pets Alive! to support the Maddie’s Lifesaving Academy and its various Apprenticeships. In 2020, the program was renamed to Maddie’s® Learning Academy, and an additional $885,000 was granted to support several HASS-specific positions, including the Maddie’s® American Pets Alive! Director, Maddie’s® Human Animal Support Services Pilot Director, Maddie’s® Content Manager and Maddie’s® Human Animal Support Services Project Manager/Director, as well as other subject matter experts and instructors.

In support of 22 U.S. shelters (at the time of our funding) across 16 U.S. states implementing the Human Animal Support Services Pilot Project, Maddie’s Fund gave each pilot shelter $50,000, for a combined total of $1.1M toward community-centric services.

Pilot animal shelters are engaging their community members to be active participants in animal welfare, while creating and expanding programs and services to provide support to families. These programs and services, such as returning lost pets to their owners, short and long-term foster solutions, supporting families with the rehoming of a pet for any reason, addressing equity and inclusion, and supplying food and medical services, are allowing more people and pets to stay together.

The current pilot shelters include: Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (MD), Cabot Animal Support Services (AR), Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society (OH), Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Services (NC), Dallas Animal Services (TX), Denver Animal Services (CO), El Paso Animal Services Center (TX), Fresno Humane Animal Services (CA), Greenville County Animal Care (SC), Guilford County Animal Services (NC), Humane Rescue Alliance (DC/NJ), Kansas City Pet Project (MO), Lifeline Animal Project (GA), Los Angeles Animal Services (CA), Memphis Animal Services (TN), Michigan Humane (MI), Oakland Animal Services (CA), Palm Valley Animal Society (TX), Pasco County Animal Services (FL), Pima Animal Care Center (AZ), Riverside County Department of Animal Services (CA), Rochester Animal Services (NY) and San Diego Humane Society (CA).