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A Compassionate Director 5 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:41:09
TCAR founders are compassionate and work tirelessly (well, they do get burnt out and exhausted, but do their absolute best despite being stretched thin on fosters and funds)
Proactive Redemptions 5 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:37:28
N/A, Third Coast Animal Rescue is not a shelter and does not deal with reclaimed dogs
Volunteers 5 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:37:02
Third Coast Animal Rescue is completely volunteer run. Their volunteers are loving, compassionate, reliable people.
Public Relations/Community Involvement 4 average
4 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:36:06
Third Coast Animal Rescue has a strong, well-organized online presence. Funding is always tight because of the high number of dogs rescued and the vet care they usually need (dogs pulled from the kill list are often on the list for health issues that make them not immediately adoptable). TCAR would benefit from a full-time organizer/fundraiser, but does the best possible job with the volunteer network they currently have.
Medical and Behavior Programs 5 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:32:17
Third Coast Animal Rescue has its rescue animals seen by reliable, trustworthy veterinarians, and places animals with behavioral issues with fosters prepared to work with the animals on behavioral issues.
Pet Retention 5 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:29:27
N/A, Third Coast Animal Rescue is not a shelter, but rather a rescue organization. TCAR does not have a physical location, and instead works to pull at-risk animals from kill shelters and to rescue abused/neglected/homeless animals, get them medical care, and find them a forever home. No animal is ever abandoned or given up on.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 5 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:27:49
Third Coast Animal Rescue has an excellent online presence and effectively promotes animals up for adoption. Dogs go to their adoptive homes healthy, UTD on all shots and medical care, with spay/neuter complete. TCAR even arranges for cross-country transport relays when an animal is adopted by a vetted home.
Foster Care 5 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:25:17
Third Coast Animal Rescue does not have a Feral Cat TNR Program, so this category should have an option to rate them as "Not Applicable." Since people ignorant of TCAR's purpose and services have rated 1 star, let's set the record straight. TCAR does NOT trap, neuter, and release feral cats. Third Coast Animal Rescue does not provide spay/neuter services; they partner with various veterinarian offices to get their rescue animals spayed/neutered. This category should have an option to rate them as "Not Applicable." Since people ignorant of TCAR's purpose and services have rated 1 star, let's set the record straight. TCAR does NOT provide spay/neuter services. Third Coast Animal Rescue is a 501c3 non profit that is entirely volunteer-based. TCAR does not have a physical location for caring for animals, and relies entirely on a network of volunteer foster homes and boarding services for ill animals under veterinary care in order to rescue and care for abandoned, abused, neglected, and homeless animals. They do an excellent job networking to pull animals off kill-lists in kill shelters, get them veterinary care, and placing them in loving foster homes till their forever homes are found or until the animals transfer to another rescue organization in a different part of the country where they might be more readily adopted. TCAR sets up transport relays of volunteers who help dogs get safely moved cross-country to their vetted forever homes or to other rescues. Third Coast Animal Rescue foster homes are completely volunteer based. Foster parents are vetted via an extensive screening questionnaire and through home visits when possible. TCAR pays for vet bills, but fosters provide food, bedding, toys, leashes, collars, kennel spaces, walks, play, and a loving place for abandoned and mistreated dogs to heal and learn to trust and love before going to their forever homes.
Rescue Groups 5 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:21:49
Third Coast Animal Rescue is a 501c3 non profit that is entirely volunteer-based. TCAR does not have a physical location for caring for animals, and relies entirely on a network of volunteer foster homes and boarding services for ill animals under veterinary care in order to rescue and care for abandoned, abused, neglected, and homeless animals. They do an excellent job networking to pull animals off kill-lists in kill shelters, get them veterinary care, and placing them in loving foster homes till their forever homes are found or until the animals transfer to another rescue organization in a different part of the country where they might be more readily adopted. TCAR sets up transport relays of volunteers who help dogs get safely moved cross-country to their vetted forever homes or to other rescues.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 3 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:17:03
Third Coast Animal Rescue does not provide spay/neuter services; they partner with various veterinarian offices to get their rescue animals spayed/neutered. This category should have an option to rate them as "Not Applicable." Since people ignorant of TCAR's purpose and services have rated 1 star, let's set the record straight. TCAR does NOT provide spay/neuter services.
1 posted by bigby wolf, on 2019-08-13 15:20:41
Very expensive
Feral Cat TNR Program 3 average
5 posted by Colaboración Lingüística, on 2020-02-27 15:15:16
Third Coast Animal Rescue does not have a Feral Cat TNR Program, so this category should have an option to rate them as "Not Applicable." Since people ignorant of TCAR's purpose and services have rated 1 star, let's set the record straight. TCAR does NOT trap, neuter, and release feral cats.
1 posted by bigby wolf, on 2019-08-13 15:20:20
Dont trust these people
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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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