Blue Mountain Humane Society has added a new interactive tool to help families with pets in the Walla Walla Valley and surrounding areas. www.home-home.org will give pet owners who can no longer keep their pets the opportunity to find new, loving homes without having to surrender them to the shelter. Pets can go from one home right into another, which means less stress for animals and humans alike. In addition, this offers potential new owners the opportunity to communicate directly with the current owners, providing firsthand information about the animals.
To break it down, Home To Home™ is a re-homing website for owners who need to surrender their pets, which can include dogs, cats and other animals. Those needing to re-home pets fill out a brief form, upload a picture, and hit submit. For those seeking a pet, there is a search feature. Home To Home™ is free to use; however, there are some rules to the site, such as no money is allowed to exchange hands. Re-homing fees don’t lead to better outcomes for pets, but quality communications will.
“There has been a steady increase in owner surrenders over the past several years. We see the immense stress people are under when they need to surrender their dogs or cats to us. As much as we think of our shelter is a happy place, it isn’t a home and can be stressful for the animals. The number one reason for surrendering pets is an unavoidable change in living situations. A perfect opportunity to use the Home To Home™ tool would be within the time frame of finding out relocation is necessary and the actual moving date. If the pet isn’t re-homed before the moving deadline, we can then coordinate surrender into shelter or foster care until the pet finds a new home.“Sara Archer
Shelter personnel will monitor the site to ensure that the rules are followed. Home To Home™ pet postings will be promoted on Blue Mountain Humane Society’s Facebook page to help generate interest. Also, staff will intervene as necessary to help or to offer advice. Not only will this tool make transitions into new homes easier for pets, but it will also leave more shelter resources available to animals with no other options, such as strays and those suffering from neglect or abuse. While re-homing pets through Home To Home™ will alleviate the need for some pets to be surrendered to the shelter, it won’t be suitable for all re-homing needs. As always, animals can be surrendered directly to the shelter.
Home to Home offers significant benefits to Blue Mountain Humane Society:
• Frees up valuable shelter resources of labor, time and money
• Allows us to help more animals and people in our community
• Goes beyond dogs and cats, any animal can be rehomed through Home-Home.org
• Reduces owner surrenders to our shelter
• Empowers owners to find the best new home for their pet
• Opens new avenues for us to connect and engage with our community in a non-shaming positive way.
“Our participation in Home To Home™ is due to the generous support from a Maddie’s Fund Grant, #ThankstoMaddie. Our share of the Maddie’s Fund Grant covers the cost of our own Home To Home™ branded website, https://bluemt.home-home.org/ , and a year of web hosting.”
Home To Home™ is a national program that is used among shelters and rescues across the United States. To visit the Home To Home™ network’s master page go to www.home-home.org.