LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. – Pasco County Animal Services (PCAS) is being formally recognized for inspiring positive change and helping pets and people in our community.
“We are proud to announce that Human Animal Support Services (HASS) has named PCAS a Tier 1 shelter! This means PCAS will now officially serve as a mentor and example for animal shelters throughout the country,” said PCAS in a statement.
HASS Tier 1 shelter requirements include:
- Reuniting lost pets with their owners
- Resources for owners to keep pets
- Resources for owners rehoming pets
- Reducing length of shelter stays
PCAS already implements aspects of the HASS model through multiple events, including free microchip clinics and a pet food bank for residents in need.
“Supporting the human-animal bond is at the core of our mission,” said PCAS Assistant Director Spencer Conover. “We have presented our ideas to shelter directors and program investors nationwide, and we look forward to continuing as an ambassador for community-based animal sheltering.”
HASS is a national coalition led by American Pets Alive! that focuses on reducing shelter intakes and ensuring community support for people and their pets. The group formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatened pet owners’ ability to keep their pets and led to more adoption and fostering.