P.A.S.S. stands for Possible Alternatives to Shelter Surrender.
We’ve developed this program to assist pet guardians/caretakers within the community. We’ve taken the top reasons pets are turned into animal pounds/shelters and provided viable solutions, allowing the pet to avoid going to the pound/shelter all together. Read through the questions below and click on the question that applies to you, to locate guidance and helpful information on the issue.
Did you know…all Ohio pounds currently remain kill facilities, especially for cats/kittens. Local Animal Control killed upwards of 80% of all healthy, adoptable felines who entered their doors in 2013 alone. Nationwide, nearly 3 million cats and dogs are killed in American animal shelters annually. In fact, shelter euthanasia is the number one cause of death in cats- more than any disease or illness. By keeping cats and dogs from ever entering the shelter, we can change the numbers. By spaying/neutering our pets and working to TNR (spay/neuter, release) feral cats, we can make an enormous impact on our community. If you are considering rehoming your cat/dog, please take a moment to filter through the Q&A below. It is likely that you will find a viable solution, allowing you to keep the pet with you until a permanent home can be found, or allowing you to keep your pet with you for the duration of their natural life span. Animal shelters/pounds often prove to be incredibly stressful environments for pets. In addition, pets often suffer extreme depression, anxiety and lethargy when left behind by their guardians. Instead of surrendering your pet to a shelter/pound, find alternative solutions to helping your pet (see below). Together, we can change the world, one positive action at a time. Together, we can change shelter/pound statistics by lessening the number of animals being taken there each day.
- Do you need to rehome your pet or have you saved a stray pet and need to find them a forever home?
- Have you found a stray cat/kitten and need to know what to do next?
- Do you need low cost veterinary/medical assistance for your pet (clinic is located in Cincinnati)?
- Do you need low cost veterinary/medical assistance for your pet (low cost vet clinic is located in Columbus- OPEN 24 HOURS for Emergency Care)?
- Are you a military member who needs temporary foster care/boarding for your pet(s) while deployed?
- Do you need assistance with temporary human housing – for both you and your pets? Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati is the only human homeless organization in the Dayton/Cincinnati area that also houses pets so that families going through temporary housing issues don’t have to give up their pets. Click the link for more info.
- Are you in need of temporary pet food assistance?
- Are you an Ohio resident in need of low-cost/affordable spay/neuter assistance for your cat(s)/dog(s)?
- Are you in search of affordable pet daycare/boarding for your pet(s)?
- Are you in need of tips for moving with your pet (i.e. finding pet friendly housing)?
- My newly adopted pet and my long-term pet aren’t getting along. What can I do?
- Do you need to help a feral cat(s) utilizing TNR in your neighborhood/community?
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- Is your cat/dog experiencing behavior issues (i.e. aggressive tendencies, bored pet, litter box issues, spraying, etc)?
- Does your dog frequently run away (i.e. break out of the backyard fence)?
- Do you know of a dog who is regularly outdoors in the heat or cold and in need of a fence and/or dog house?
- Interested in learning how to properly introduce children to pets?
- Have you recently learned that you or a family member have pet allergies? Click HERE and HERE.
NOTE: Information shared on PASS program pages is copyrighted by the author. If you are a shelter/rescue wishing to implement a PASS program, we applaud your efforts! We’ve found that the PASS program works best when you operate additional programs that offer direct assistance such as rescue/adoption, pet food pantries and low cost spay/neuter programs. You are welcome to use our outlined questions as a starting point for creating your own unique content. If utilizing short quotes from our program, please link respectfully to our PASS program.