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1 posted by TammieMccullough, on 2014-09-08 02:22:21
A dog with loving owner was placed in Hope Shelter and the shelter refuses to give up the dog. That's what happened to me. I want to know how a shelter can accept a dog from anyone other than the owner of the dog and put it up for adoption. There is something deeply disturbing about pet ownership laws if a stranger can dump an animal that isn't even owned by them in a shelter without the consent of the owner. Our dog is a little over a year. His name is Dutch. He's a beautiful Shar Pei/Chow mix, a beautiful, sweet, happy dog that is now posted on this website, waiting in this shelter for adoption. My son who suffers from combat PTSD had his girlfriend drive from Arizona to Texas to take Dutch from the only family he's ever known. They drove the dog out of state and kept the dog for a little over two weeks before deciding that it was "too much" to look after him. My son who was having a difficult time had to stay at the VA Hospital. In his absence his girlfriend took the dog to Hope Animal Shelter without my son's consent. I searched for Dutch posted pics on Facebook and learned that Dutch was at this shelter and a picture of him was up on their site. He was up for adoption. I was elated that it was a No-Kill shelter and called telling the woman who claimed to be the manager that they have my dog and I wanted to reclaim him. She flatly refused stating that the dog was theirs. I BEGGED her. Told them that there is an entire family here who have been desperate to get the dog back and that the dog was and is loved. She claimed the dog had been abused which isn't true. What abusive owner searches high and low for their dog who could be anywhere in a different state? This woman from the shelter then claimed the dog never had its shots. When the dog was purchased they told us that the dog did indeed have its shots. She then accused us of not having the dog neutered. Does every dog have to be neutered? We were planning on breeding Dutch. While I am grateful for No-Kill shelters I am shocked at the lack of compassion shown to me by this particular shelter. They would rather keep and adopt out an animal than re-uniting him to his original family/owner who did not give him up and worried sick over him. WE WANT DUTCH BACK HOME! DUTCH YOU ARE LOVED AND MISSED! AND YOU WERE NOT ABANDONED. YOU ARE BEING KEPT FROM US!
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 1 average
1 posted by TammieMccullough, on 2014-09-08 02:21:54
A dog with loving owner was placed in Hope Shelter and the shelter refuses to give up the dog. That's what happened to me. I want to know how a shelter can accept a dog from anyone other than the owner of the dog and put it up for adoption. There is something deeply disturbing about pet ownership laws if a stranger can dump an animal that isn't even owned by them in a shelter without the consent of the owner. Our dog is a little over a year. His name is Dutch. He's a beautiful Shar Pei/Chow mix, a beautiful, sweet, happy dog that is now posted on this website, waiting in this shelter for adoption. My son who suffers from combat PTSD had his girlfriend drive from Arizona to Texas to take Dutch from the only family he's ever known. They drove the dog out of state and kept the dog for a little over two weeks before deciding that it was "too much" to look after him. My son who was having a difficult time had to stay at the VA Hospital. In his absence his girlfriend took the dog to Hope Animal Shelter without my son's consent. I searched for Dutch posted pics on Facebook and learned that Dutch was at this shelter and a picture of him was up on their site. He was up for adoption. I was elated that it was a No-Kill shelter and called telling the woman who claimed to be the manager that they have my dog and I wanted to reclaim him. She flatly refused stating that the dog was theirs. I BEGGED her. Told them that there is an entire family here who have been desperate to get the dog back and that the dog was and is loved. She claimed the dog had been abused which isn't true. What abusive owner searches high and low for their dog who could be anywhere in a different state? This woman from the shelter then claimed the dog never had its shots. When the dog was purchased they told us that the dog did indeed have its shots. She then accused us of not having the dog neutered. Does every dog have to be neutered? We were planning on breeding Dutch. While I am grateful for No-Kill shelters I am shocked at the lack of compassion shown to me by this particular shelter. They would rather keep and adopt out an animal than re-uniting him to his original family/owner who did not give him up and worried sick over him. WE WANT DUTCH BACK HOME! DUTCH YOU ARE LOVED AND MISSED! AND YOU WERE NOT ABANDONED. YOU ARE BEING KEPT FROM US!
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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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