San Antonio: Animal Care Services teams up with renowned animal welfare foundation and disaster response organization
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Kim Alboum
BISSELL Pet Foundation
kim.alboum@bissell.com

SAN ANTONIO (May 14, 2021) - Animal Care Services has partnered with the BISSELL Pet Foundation and Code 3 Associates as they launch the BISSELL Pet Foundation National Shelter Alliance. This new progressive approach to shelter networking will provide service and support for animal shelters facing a variety of urgent needs connected to disasters like hurricanes and floods as well as other emergency situations. The BPF National Shelter Alliance program will support the placement of animals from cruelty and disaster situations in the community; as well as work to prepare the shelter for disaster planning and response. Code 3 Associates will collaborate with ACS on accessible training opportunities as well as empower shelter staff by providing resources and referrals during crises. "While we are embarking on an exciting time in animal welfare with many shelters no longer euthanizing for space, BISSELL Pet Foundation is focused on shelters that remain overwhelmed," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "Together, with Code 3 Associates we will break down the remaining barriers impacting pet homelessness that include disaster preparedness and vital training and mentorship."

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The BPF National Shelter Alliance is unique in that it provides shelters like ACS with consistent access to crisis management and stabilization. Shelters that lack resources are connected with state and regional shelters before, during, and after a crisis. While there is no specific plan that can fit every shelter, strong local and regional partners will allow the program to remain nimble. San Antonio is one of three Texas shelters in the network who, along with Houston SPCA and Operation Kindness in the greater Dallas area, are among the first shelters in the nation to engage in the collaborative platform.

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