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A Compassionate Director 3 average
3 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:36:21
Legislating private rescues would probably drive a lot of people our of volunteering for rescue and turn them to shelters for volunteer work. People that are fostering and driving countless miles to transport rescues see the same animals in the system for years.
Volunteers 1 average
1 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:34:27
(no comment)
Public Relations/Community Involvement 4 average
4 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:34:03
Shelters, while not ideal, are far preferable to private rescues that have no intention of adopting animals out
Medical and Behavior Programs 2 average
2 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:33:15
I do not believe the job of pet adoptions should ever be handled privately.
Pet Retention 5 average
5 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:32:01
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs 1 average
1 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:31:38
I had a very bad feeling about Loyal, and inlisted friends,family, and foster parents from other rescues to help me check Loyal out. LOYAL does NOT frequently adopt animals out of its foster system. With the assistance of our vet clinics, we have filled out the application forms for several dogs over the past two years. We have filled out forms with excellent veterinary care and references listed, not so great veterinary references listed, homes with no children, with lots of children, with school aged children and teenagers. We have applied saying we have no other dogs, dogs that have died of old age, or one or two dogs in residence. We have applied with one person at home all the time, no people home during the day, but with a neighbour willing to pop in for pee breaks, and nobody home during the day with no pee breaks offered. We have applied using a rural address and a suburban address, as happily married couples, as single people, as families. All told, there were 18 different applications submitted to LOYAL pet rescues to adopt a dog. Not one of them made it past the board of directors, despite our veterinary references being called on each occasion, and our personal references only being called on 3 occasions. With 9 different people filling out adoptions, just to see what it would take to actually get a dog from LOYAL, not one of us was even able to meet the dog.
Foster Care 1 average
1 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:22:20
Loyal has several animals that have spent years in foster care. There is no desire to rehome these pets, but every opportunity to accommodate pet hoarders on the board of directors and within the group of foster families helping this group.
Rescue Groups 1 average
1 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:20:36
Dropping an animal off in the care of Loyal could lead to that animal spending its entire life in a foster home, without ever being offered to a family for a forever home.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 1 average
1 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:19:24
This is not a program they promote on their websites.
Feral Cat TNR Program 1 average
1 posted by maureenc_71, on 2014-09-22 08:18:59
They do not support that program.
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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