Helping Homeless Pets Accreditation – Code of Ethics for Rescue Organizations
Helping Homeless Pets (HHP) is a volunteer organization dedicated to assisting pets by helping rescue organizations. As of May 2013, the organization includes 52 rescues. Each of the member rescues have adopted the HHP Canine Code of Ethics as a mandatory criteria of their involvement with HHP. Recognizing HHP’s hard work and diligence in creating operational standards for the rescue community as a whole, Furever Network has included recognition for those member rescues that have met HHP’s standards.
Highlights of the Code include, but are not limited to:
- Rescues, to the best of their knowledge, will provide full disclosure in the dog’s biography that is available for screened potential adopters. The bio should include known health issues, temperament issues, age (if known) and region the dog came from. Rescue will also provide full disclosure as to the source of the dog, i.e. owner surrender, shelter, puppy mill, stray, etc. The confidentiality of the surrenderer will be protected and information may be withheld to protect the identity of the surrenderer, the adopter and for the safety of all concerned including the dog.
- All dogs are spay/neutered prior to adoption, unless there are health or age issues associated with the dog.
- Rescue shall ensure that all animals in their care receive prompt veterinary evaluation and necessary medical attention.
- Rescue shall ensure that all animals in their care receive appropriate personal attention and exercise, behavioural assessments or training required for the well being of the animal and to ensure each animal is compatible with potential adopter(s).
- Rescue must carefully screen prospective adoptive homes to help ensure that the adoption will be successful. Criteria that are used in making this determination are personal interviews as well as personal and Veterinary reference checks. Potential adopters must consent to access for a home check as part of the approval process, which may be conducted by the rescue at their discretion, or by an authorized representative.
- Members are to carry out their rescue activities in a professional, positive and considerate manner, so that their representation brings credit to their own Rescue and other ethical Rescues/rescuers.
The complete Code of Ethics may be viewed at https://www.helpinghomelesspets.com/codeofethics/canine/ .
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