Four Human Animal Support Services (HASS) modeled courses are now available on Maddie’s®
University. These courses are the results of a collaboration between between Human Animal Support Services, Michelson Found Animals, American Pets Alive!, and the many shelter and rescue staff across the country and internationally who have volunteered their time to innovate new programs through the Human Animal Support Services working groups.
Take a look at the free, self-paced courses below.
Human Animal Support Services: Animal Sheltering Reimagined
This short course introduces the Human Animal Support Services model, which strives to keep pets and families together with the help of the entire community. Students will be prepared for further learning on specific elements of the Human Animal Support Services model.
Lost Pet Reunification
Industry leaders now recognize pet reunification programming as at least equal in importance to adoption programming. Keeping pets out of your shelter has innumerable benefits to your organization, not least being the trust, goodwill (and donations!) you’ll earn from your community. This course will help you build a robust pet reunification program with staff and/or volunteer resources.
Building a robust supported self-rehoming program will not only help the people and pets in your community, but will also result in huge cost savings for your organization by facilitating rehoming animals without them ever entering the shelter. Whether you wish to implement a new self-rehoming program or improve the one you have, this course will give you the information you need to make informed decisions about program structure and analyze the success of your program. Self-supported re-homing programs are easy to implement and greatly increase your organization’s capacity to care for the pets who need you.
A New Model for Shelter Care: Replacing Kennels with Foster Homes
This course will teach you everything you need to know in order to place 50% or more of shelter pets into foster homes. You will learn to utilize the seven guiding principles of foster care to set your organization up for foster success; create a year-round, comprehensive foster recruitment plan that extends the invitation to foster to all members of your community; create a community culture of fostering to make foster the standard of care; create a process for marketing and adopting pets from foster care; and utilize staff and volunteers to assist with management of foster care.
To view all the HASS courses as they are added, bookmark this link.