Step by Step Pets for Life
The Pets for Life (PFL) program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reaches out t...
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  1. 1. Step by Step Pets for Life The Pets for Life (PFL) program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reaches out to under-served communities to extend free animal care resources, services, and information to people and pets that have never received such before. PFL allows for a full expression of the human-animal bond, provides veterinary and other general wellness care that would otherwise not be an option, and keeps dogs and cats in their homes instead of abandoned on the street or relinquished to shelters. Just as many communities are food deserts where people do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, many are also “animal care deserts” where there is a great love for pets but a lack of access to veterinary care, pet food and supplies, and other much needed services. By addressing the critical lack of accessible, affordable pet care in specific communities, Pets for Life helps animals by empowering the people who care for them. PFL fills a void in the world of companion animal welfare. We go outside the shelter walls and meet people in their communities through direct outreach - removing barriers and building trusting relationships that allow us the opportunity to reach a new and often overlooked segment of pet owners. We’re there to provide free training when a dog is at risk of being surrendered for behavior issues, or to supply a scratching post and litter box to help transition a cat indoors. We’re there to offer free vaccinations, spay-and-neuter services, and free pet food. Sometimes, just being available to listen, provide a hug for support, and let pet owners know we are there is all that is needed. When we reach out to people where they live in a positive, understanding way, our efforts result in building more humane communities - we are not just working to alter animals we are working to alter mindsets and cultural norms to create societal shifts and long term, sustainable change. Step 1: Community Assessment Step 2: Understand Your Audience Step 3: Community Outreach/Community Outreach Events Step 4: Create a Community Presence Step 5: How to Talk to People Step 6: Follow-up Process Step 7: Data Collection For more detailed information please visit