The Humane Society of the United States gets phone calls and e-mails daily from pet owners asking for help: Where is my nearest animal shelter? Do you have a list of animal-friendly apartments? Where do I find a low-cost spay and neuter clinic? Where can I see pictures and descriptions of pets available for adoption?
Thanks to a nationwide public service called Pets 911, finding that information has never been easier. The HSUS has partnered with Pets 911 to help people across the country quickly and easily find the local pet-related information they need.
Pets 911 consists of both a web site (www.Pets911.com) and a toll free, automated hotline (1-888-PETS-911) that allows pet lovers to access local information simply by providing their zip code. You can scan through pictures of adoptable pets posted by over 9,500 animal shelters and adoption groups. If you are looking for a particular type of animal you can search by breed and other characteristics. Lost or found an animal? You can search tens of thousands of lost-and-found pet listings from all areas of the United States. You can also find nearby emergency veterinary hospitals, animal-friendly apartments, volunteer opportunities, and much more.
Best of all, you can obtain all this information for free.
Founded in 1999 as an offshoot of Earth 911, a successful environmental web site, Pets 911 has the support of many of the nation's largest animal welfare organizations. In addition to The HSUS, partners include American Humane, SPAY/USA, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, The Pet Savers Foundation and Alley Cat Allies. Corporate America, including Animal Planet, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Symantec, covers all the costs associated with Pets 911. Media partners include AOL, Clear Channel, Gannett, Animal Planet and hundreds of other local newspaper, radio and television stations.
Since its inception, Pets 911 has facilitated the adoption of hundreds of thousands of pets. By joining forces, The HSUS and Pets 911 hope to solve the issue of animal homelessness by connecting pet caregivers with local animal shelters, veterinary clinics, animal-friendly apartments, and other resources.