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PASS Programs assists pet owners
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PASS Programs assists pet owners

Clearwater, Florida -- The American Pet Products Association predicts Americans pay more than $53 billion pampering our furry friends. But in Pinellas County, some people just need help hanging onto their pets.

This is also the number one reason people have given up their pets to the Humane Society of Pinellas, because they can't afford it.

The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) is proud to announce Pinellas Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS), a new pet surrender prevention program that will offer access to resources that address the reasons that might lead people to give up their pets. In 2012, over 7,400 pets were surrendered to Pinellas shelters by their owners, according to a county-wide reporting initiative begun last fall. HSP hopes PASS will help families to keep their pets.

Many owner assistance services are available directly through HSP, including free pet food, free and low-cost vaccines, and accessible spay/neuter surgeries. But PASS offers referrals to services available throughout Pinellas County. As HSP’s Executive Director Sarah Brown said this week, “There are so many resources available that pet owners could take advantage of, if only they knew they were there. So we thought, why not help people make that connection?”

PASS is accessible at PinellasPASS.org or (727) 755-1738, seven days per week.

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