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Animal shelters across the nation are dealing with an overwhelming number of homeless pets in their care. According to national data, pets are staying longer and adoptions are slowing. Transports have declined drastically in numbers and many shelters are at capacity for care. Several factors are contributing to the crisis including the national housing and rental crisis, staffing shortages and lack of shelter veterinarians.

How can shelters work around these obstacles?

The content in the Extraordinary Outcomes Toolkit is brought to you by brave shelters across the country who are addressing these shelter and service capacity challenges head-on! Whether through Awesome Adoption promotions, Fantastic Foster recruitment, or Outstanding Outreach into the community, these shelters have sought ways to save lives this summer by working outside the norms, pivoting on a dime, and creating unique and remarkable outcomes for animals. These are their success stories: created and shared by shelters – just for you and your shelter team – in a format that will help shelters of every size and location.

Overcrowding Crisis Resources: Press Release \ Talking Points


Awesome Adoptions

Adoption program tips and tricks to get pets into loving homes and out of the shelter.

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Cool Communications

Discover proven communication tips from industry experts to boost your visibility and achieve greater impact.

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Fantastic Fostering

Foster home engagement and program expansion to create a fantastic foster opportunities.

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Outstanding Outreach

Community outreach ideas that keep pets from entering the shelter and support people who love them.

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