Training Handbook

Our step-by-step guide will walk you through the phases of creating pet-friendly programs for both human services shelters and animal shelters alike.

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At Don’t Forget the Pets, we believe that any community can become pet-inclusive. That’s why we created the Don’t Forget the Pets Training Handbook! This in-depth guide will help answer some of the most common questions we hear from shelters around the country, and provide a roadmap for tackling your own pet housing program. 

Because every community is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to pet housing. In the Don’t Forget the Pets Handbook, we’ve outlined a variety of different pet housing strategies that you can implement to fit your individual needs. 

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Additional Features

Throughout the Don’t Forget the Pets Handbook, you will see icons like the ones shown here, directing you to other locations. These will take you to associated pages on the DFTP website, trusted external resources, or example forms.

You can also use the table of contents on page 2 to jump directly to different sections of the handbook.

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These will direct you to outside resources we have found to be trustworthy and informational!
This will take you to some example forms we have acquired from operational pet programs across the country.