Community Organizing Tools & Resources

Find the tools and resources you need to become an effective advocate for pets in your community. We'll expand this list as more tools become available.

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2025 Action Team Calls

Each month, action team members get together to build their skills and learn how they can work to help more pets in their communities. Sign up to be notified when the next team call is scheduled. 

Watch the Last Team Call

Want to learn more? Our community organizing playlist has all of the recorded meetings. 


Get Started

Use the following resources to learn how to become an effective advocate for animals, driven by data and community support.

Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

Anyone can advocate for pets as long as they are willing to learn, listen, and connect with others. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to advocate for the changes your community needs to reach and sustain no-kill. Download the toolkit (PDF 4.25 MB) »

Pet Lifesaving Dashboard

This tool will help you understand your shelter's progress toward no-kill, and shine a light on areas in need of support. Learn how your community is doing.


Community Resources

Develop a Pet Preparedness Plan

Simple but important steps pet owners can take to ensure their pet’s health and safety in the case of a personal emergency. Complete the template for yourself then share it with other pet owners that you know. Read more »

Share Animals Inside Signs

If you know of people in your neighborhood with pets, consider sharing these 'Animals Inside' signs. Having these signs posted tells first responders there are animals inside that may need to be helped. Download signs »

Contingency Plans for Community Cat Caregivers

The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that we all need to have a plan in place for how our pets will be cared for in the event we become unable to do so. Here are some tips and resources for caregivers of community cat colonies. Read more »


Policy and Resource Guides

Municipal Guide for Lifesaving Policies

A resource for advocates and animal welfare professionals alike, this guide provides more details on the policies that help save more lives. Download the guide (PDF 1.7 MB) »

Pit Bull Terrier & Breed Discrimination Resources

Check out our comprehensive resource library containing information to fight breed-discriminatory legislation (BDL). Read more »

Community Cat Resources

Help stray and free-roaming cats in your neighborhood. Find resources about trap-neuter-return (TNR) and learn how you can start a community cat program in your community. Read more »

Puppy Mill Resources

Learn how you can help shut down puppy mills and help put an end to large-scale dog breeding operations. Read more »

Action Team Designations

Action teams can achieve a designation of bronze, silver, gold or platinum based on the policy accomplishments in their communities. Find out what it takes to become a platinum team.