There’s no one “right” way to operate your pet program but there are a few things to consider. The information provided on this page is especially relevant to on-site housing at a human services organization.
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LET'S TAKE A DEEPER DIVE
One of the most common questions we hear when housing pets at human services organizations is, "Who should care for the pets?"
The options for the daily care of pets can be broken down into 3 options:
This is not only a great option for your budget, but it also provides some consistency for the pet parent, helps maintain the human-animal bond, and can help both in the healing process. It’s also an ideal option when housing pets in-room.
While this option may cost a little more, this can be a good option for your program’s peace of mind and, when needed, can relieve some stress for the pet parent and allow them to focus on other things. This option works well when not housing pets in room.
Animal Welfare Partner
This can be the most expensive option but it does provide some additional support in terms of training and behavior and really gives the human shelter peace of mind. This option also works well when not housing pets in room.
PRO TIP: Even if the pet parent will provide the daily care for their pet, we recommend you find at least one “Champion” on your staff who will make sure pets are cared for and that pet parents have what they need to care properly for their pets – access to supplies, veterinary care, etc.