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Saint Francis Feline Sanctuary (New River)


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Our mission is to ensure the humane treatment of domestic felines and to bring people and domestic felines together to enrich each other's lives. Saint Francis Feline Sanctuary was established in March 1980, as a no kill sanctuary for un-adoptable and special needs domestic felines.

It's goal is to maintain and expand Saint Francis Feline Sanctuary (SFFS) to ensure that "unadoptable" and "special needs" domestic felines can live out their lives in a peaceful, loving and tranquil home-like environment. To improve the quality of relationships between people and domestic felines with emphases on populations such as : abused children, the elderly and those who gain comfort from the "healing power" of felines. To create educational programs utilizing innovative methods to introduce the higher ideal of compassion towards felines and people and to define responsible feline guardianship.


Address:
45225 N. 16th Street
New River, Arizona 85087
Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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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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Hello! I am very desperate to find a place for a cat I trapped a few weeks ago- The cat tested positive for FIV- However, I am housing him at a friend's house until I can find the right place for him- I do not want to release him back outside- Presently, he is in a cage being socialized- He is a very nice cat- just skittish- I have no more room in my house as I have nine cats I rescued- one is FIV+- I have to separate and do rotations for the ones I have here- I am able to donate $500.00 for this cat- He has been fixed/all shots/dental. He is about five years old and he is a long hair tabby Maine Coon- He just needs the right place/right person to give him a chance. I am at my wits end... I do NOT want to euthanize him-- Hopefully, this will be read by someone and hopefully, this cat can be helped- My number is 623-537-7030 as I see there is no number to reach your organization- I thank you for any help I can get-- Susan
posted by SusanCorral, on 2017-04-29 02:32:05
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How does one contact these "rescues"? There is no phone number or email on the St. Francis site.
posted by JaKoe, on 2017-03-17 14:07:47