Socially Conscious Shelters strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for every homeless cat and dog in their care and community.
At its core, Socially Conscious Sheltering is about working in collaboration with partners and the community to support the individual needs of people and their pets. Comprised of animal shelters and rescues, policymakers, law enforcement agencies, veterinarians, human-animal resource providers, and caring citizens, Socially Conscious Animal Communities provide access to thoughtful resources and services to improve the welfare of all vulnerable animals.
The goal of the Fear Free Shelter Program is to improve the experiences of animals by educating shelter, rescue, and animal welfare employees and volunteers about their emotional needs. FFSP aims to empower them to apply key strategies and techniques designed to reduce the negative emotional states that are commonly experienced by shelter and rescue animals—including fear, anxiety, stress (FAS), and frustration—and increase their enrichment opportunities. The Fear Free Shelter Program provides training suitable for all of the individuals involved in the care and oversight of shelter and rescue animals—from medical and behavioral staff to intake, reception, kennel, and cattery staff to animal control officers, adoption counselors, foster caregivers, and shelter volunteers. All members of Journey Home Animal Care Center staff have been certified in the Fear Free Shelter course!