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Humane Society answers most commonly asked questions

For Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, the summer months are when the number of stray and owner-surrendered pets increases. With this increased demand for services come frequently asked questions. Below are answers to four of the most commonly asked questions GMHS.

1) What is managed intake?

Managed intake is the practice of scheduling appointments to receive pets, including non-emergency owner-surrenders. This practice ensures GMHS has the staff, including veterinary staff, and space to properly vet and humanely house homeless pets. It is also one of the main reasons why GMHS is able to honor the pledge to the communities and pets served to neither euthanize for space nor length of stay. Without managed intake, GMHS would be forced to euthanize healthy, adoptable pets. Instead, widespread support of managed intake makes GMHS a lifesaving shelter, with 97 percent (2019) of all pets in GMHS’s care finding placement with a forever family or adoption-guaranteed partner shelter.


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