Human Animal Support Services (HASS)

Total Grant Funding: $1,100,000

Maddie’s Fund® awarded $1,100,000 in grants to support 22 U.S. communities implementing the Human Animal Support Services Pilot Project. 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 is a huge shift from traditional sheltering and helps shelters build stronger relationships with their communities.

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.

Grants in the amount of $50,000 were given to 22 animal shelters covering 16 U.S. states in support of their community-centric programs. Those 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), 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).