Human Animal Support Services
Human Animal Support Services

Human Animal Support Services

 

A new national coalition, Human Animal Support Services (HASS), is reimagining sheltering by promoting community involvement and providing a range of services to help people and pets stay together. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of animals that enter the shelter by refocusing efforts, resources, and support to offer community-based solutions.


As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, LifeLine Animal Project and organizations across the country were embraced by communities who fostered pets, adopted, helped lost or found animals get back to their homes, and identified new resources to keep people and their pets together. This gave animal welfare organizations the opportunity to collaborate with our communities in new ways and has accelerated efforts to create a better model of animal services.

 

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The Impact of HASS

 

 

Guiding Elements

We envision a new world of animal services, where most pets are housed in homes and communities, not in the shelter. In this reimagined system, the role of animal services is to keep pets with their families, get pets home quickly, and help pet owners who are struggling to meet their pets’ needs.

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Getting Pets Home


A comprehensive community-based lost pet reunification program to successfully get most roaming pets home without them having to enter the shelter system.
Self-Rehoming

Self-Rehoming


Pet owners who can no longer keep their pets are given the tools to safely and quickly rehome their own pets with ongoing support from shelter staff or volunteers.
Shelter

Shelter


The core functions of the physical shelter are to provide emergency medical care and short term housing for pets with urgent needs and to ensure public safety and public health priorities are met.
Foster

Foster


The majority of pets who enter the shelter system are placed in foster homes within hours or days of arrival and foster pets are adopted directly from their foster homes.
Intake to Placement

Intake-to-Placement


Pets physically entering the shelter have outcome pathways identified before or at the time of intake, so in-shelter length of stay is drastically reduced.
Animal Protection & Public Safety

Animal Protection & Public Safety


Animal control and field services protect public health and safety, enforce animal cruelty laws, and aim to address the causes of animal problems, providing support, education and resources to the community.
Case Management

Case Management


Trained case managers help people keep their pets, provide resources to struggling pet owners, assist owners in rehoming their pets and help people reunite with their lost pets.
Volunteer

Volunteers


Volunteers are engaged in every area of operations and play a key role in the success of these community-based programs.
Keeping Families Together

Keeping Families Together


Pet owners can access pet support services, including housing, medical and behavioral support, as well as food and supplies, to help keep the human-animal family together.
Partnerships

Partnerships


Human social services agencies, veterinary practices, rescue groups and other community partners work closely with the animal services organization, treating people and animals as a family unit.
Remote Assistance

Remote Assistance


Customers can reach the organization quickly using remote technologies.
Telehealth

Telehealth


Telehealth services are currently available for foster caregivers and finders of pets who may be sick or injured.

 

LifeLine's Committment to Community:

Since 2002, LifeLine has been invested in Atlanta's community health and programming.

Pets for Life addresses the critical lack of accessible and affordable animal welfare services, resources, and information for people and pets in under-served communities by offering FREE services, resources, and information. In the Pets for Life program focus area in Atlanta, 38% of people live below the poverty line with little or no access to pet care services.

LifeLine's Community Animal Center houses a full-service, affordable
veterinary clinic open to the public. The clinic offers a wide range of pet services, from pet wellness appointments to lab services, digital x-rays, and surgery for owned pets. The LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to help owned pets and community cats live a happy and healthy life and to reduce the number of at-risk pets in Atlanta.

 

“We are honored to be part of this collaboration of innovative shelters working toward an organizational model that has goals so closely aligned with our vision. I’m confident that this initiative will help pave the way for a new model of animal sheltering in the U.S.”

- Rebecca Guinn, CEO and Founder LifeLine Animal Project

LifeLine Animal Project

Founded in 2002 and now managing DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, LifeLine Animal Project is the leading non-profit organization working to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta shelters. Together, we will make Atlanta a no-kill community.

LifeLine Animal Project is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

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