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The State of the State in 2020: Florida’s Animal Sheltering Trends and the Road Ahead

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Disaster Preparedness

Advice in 3D: Dream It, Design It, Do It

Build Your Transfer Network like Never Before!

With increasing number of natural disasters, there is a need for effective and efficient ways to manage the number of animal transfer to and from your organization. As evidence with California fires or the hurricanes in Louisianna this past year, more and more transfer networks are being created to help get animals quickly out of harms way.

That’s whyPetPoint, in coordination with Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), have built the all-new Transfer Manifest Report — a report designed to make transferring animals, even in emergencies, easier than ever before.  Display the animals ready for transfer, along with their vital medical details and behavior status, in a report that opens in Excel for easy sharing or sorting.

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Animal Shelter Design for a New World

Animal shelters had headstart toward healthier buildings

Rick BaconHow we occupy and move through spaces have been altered by our need to adapt our lives to controlling the spread of COVID-19. It’s now routine to drop-off and pick-up your pooch through the window of your car while waiting in the veterinary hospital’s parking lot. We suspect that many shelters have already adapted operations by, for example, moving some adoption processes on-line, limiting how many potential adopters can be in the lobby at one time, or making your people-traffic go in one direction with separate entrance and exit doors and floor-mapping flow through animal housing.

There are several design techniques that were already prevalent in the animal sheltering world that others now realize will help make all buildings safer to use and occupy during our time of COVID-19 and afterward. Those in the animal care community already know that air quality, flow and filtration help control the spread of airborne pathogens. Compartmentalizing animal housing into smaller spaces makes it easier to contain a disease outbreak and sanitize a space more rapidly. Automatic door openers make it easier to bring crated and non-crated animals through the doorway and provide a touchless entry. 

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Year In Review

Across the industry, 2020 was an unprecedented year requiring transformation. We at 24Pet understood as a result of COVID-19, our shelter partners may have experienced heightened levels of stress as they continued to care for animals in need and may still be experiencing that. Our industry pivoted to a new normal and we committed to supporting animal welfare and our shelter partners through challenging times. Despite 2020’s challenges, together, we were able to help advance many aspects of your organization’s practices through initiatives that include:  

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Humane Society of NCFL to pay pet fees for people in transitional housing

Video play buttonCombating homelessness or a domestic violence situation is a cause that the Humane Society of North Central Florida says some shouldn’t deal with alone.

“And they will not leave that situation if they cannot take their pet with them,” mentioned Margot DeConna the Director of Advancement at the non-profit.

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Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch nominated for three Hats Off Nonprofit Awards

Pat DeShong and dogFurry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch (Humane Society of Greater Jupiter/Tequesta) has been nominated for three 2020 Hats Off Nonprofit Awards:

  • Nonprofit Executive Of The Year: Pat Deshong (pictured left)
  • Nonprofit Of The Year
  • Community Collaborator of the Year: for their relationship with the Renewal Coalition through their Shelter to Service Dog Program

The awards ceremony will take place virtually on December 7th. We wish Ms. Deshong and Furry Friends the very best of luck and congratulate them on the hard work and dedication that led to these nominations.

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Cat Adoptions Get REAL at Southeast Volusia Humane Society

In September, Southeast Volusia Humane Society put a fancy twist on cat adoptions with their Real Housecats Adoption Promotion. For the entire month, adoption fees for cats featured in the event were just $20! Volunteers with the Society got creative with wardrobe and accessories giving these cats all the bling with NONE of the [email protected]!ch often seen on the popular Real Housewives TV series. The promotion was loads of fun and a huge success for cats (all found homes!) and adopters alike.

Real Housecats Flyer

Children Go to Work at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

child "working" at animal shelterStory and photo courtesy of The Association of Animal Welfare Advancement

When the pandemic first hit, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando regularly asked staff what they needed and how they were doing. Their top 3 concerns? Their safety, their paycheck, and their families. In order to fully support employees who needed a safe space for their children to finish up the school year remotely, the Florida agency set up a Bring Your Child to Work Program. 

Here are the key components that made the program such a success:

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331 Animals Find Homes During Countdown 2 Zero Virtual Event

picture of couple with adopted dogPhotos and information courtesy of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Each year, dozens of local animal rescue groups join together for the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) Adoption Event - Palm Beach County’s largest one-day adoption event- in an effort to save the lives of hundreds of animals. Due to COVID-19, the 7th Annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event was held as a virtual event and took place for one-week, instead of one-day. 

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Flagler Humane Society helps affect legislative change to protect animals

Article featured in The New Barker Dog Magazine

Cowering dogAs our nation responds to the COVID- 19 pandemic, reports of increasing rates of domestic violence have surfaced across the country, including Florida. Thankfully, a new lifesaving law (SB 1082), signed by Governor DeSantis, went into effect on July 1, 2020.

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Pensacola Humane's Help Team saves lives amid pandemic

Pensacola staff pose with animalsCourtesy of Pensacola Humane Society

COVID-19 drastically changed how animal shelters operated around the country. As state stay-home mandates went into effect many shelters, Pensacola Humane Society included, scrambled to figure out how to keep animals safe and cared for while maneuvering the ever-changing rules and regulations that the global pandemic brought. One of the positive things to come out of it all was the way it brought together animal shelters around the nation with regular zoom calls keeping people in the loop, offering advice and being a sounding board as we all tried to make the best decisions. Another positive that came out of all the changes caused by COVID-19 was the forming of our Help Team. The Help Team was created to offer support, advice and help to the community of Pensacola by way of phone calls and emails, regularly communicating with the community remotely. 

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COVID-19 Coronavirus & Companion Animals

Puppy and ball

From the Florida Department of Health Division of Disease Control and Health Protection Bureau of Epidemiology:

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Shelters Working Together to Save Lives


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In the animal welfare field, it’s not uncommon to hear people say that they “feel alone” or that “nobody else cares”. It’s a difficult field to work in – heavily passionate -- and it’s easy to feel isolated, and like there is always so much more work to be done. 

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2019 Disaster/Hurricane Relief

Bahama Hurricane Relief

From our partner organizations, updated 9.30.19, 4:50 PM

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