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Humane Society of Garland County (Hot Springs) Reviews


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A Compassionate Director 2 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 22:17:17
New manager, no experience in shelters (a vet tech)is directed by a board of novices...none have ever volunteered at the shelter. Previously, GCHS was a no kill shelter for decades. Since the new board - 15 animals that we know of have been killed by them. 5 healthy young feral hounds they deemed 'vicious' which rec'd NO socialization after they took over - no previous concerns behaviorally. Then, 10 more animals that they deemed 'unadoptable.' And yet, they boast on their web site that they are no kill! I have no idea if the manager even has a voice
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:04:15
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 10:17:18
HSGC is truly blessed to have Kaye Gilder as its kennel manager. She inherited a kennel over crowded with elderly and feral dogs and elderly cats. The kennel is equipped to hold about 50 dogs. When she came in, there were more than 70 dogs. Kaye has worked hard to place these "original" pets and has succeeded in placing about 50 of them in the last 7 months. Additionally she has placed more than 100 animals taken in since August 2014. Her mature, pleasant and diplomatic way of interacting with the public has opened doors to collaborations with numerous other rescue agencies and community supporters. The success seen by HSGC post-receivership is, in large part, due to Kaye Gilder.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:34:47
This organization is donation funded, and their budget does not allow for a director, so the kennel manager wears both hats in this capacity, as well as relying on various volunteers to assist in this cause. The kennel manager is gifted in finding the right fit to rehome animals into safe, loving private homes.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:36:28
Manager has no experience in working with animal shelters. She is a vet tech but no experience in animals who have been abused,neglected or behaiorally challenged. The operative phrases: unadoptable, 'quality of life' while not trying/knowing how to socialize animals, too old etc
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 10:07:44
They have a shelter manager but the director over the Humane Society of Garland county is their president Ivy Wood, who will not return emails, posts, messages etc. What does this say about the situation to you?
1 posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:16:59
(no comment)
1 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 15:30:27
No director, but manager is allowing outside dog only and no fence required adoptions so there is more intake spaces available at times. Although not for puppies since parvo pups were not kept in quarantine area adequately.
Proactive Redemptions 2 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 22:11:29
They will post 'lost' ads if given the information.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:04:03
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 10:10:17
HSGC posts on ite Facebook page any pets reported to it as lost or found. If an animal is surrendered with a vet tag, HSGC will contact the vet in its efforts to return a pet. All animals surrendered to HSGC are posted on the Facebook page. A pet will not be accepted unless it is deemed adoptable which eliminates concerns about euthanasia.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:32:23
This organization fields multiple calls weekly of people who are trying to locate animals. They advise the callers to also call the city-run shelter to check for lost pets, to place a free advertisement in the local paper, and to post on Arkansas Lost and Found Pet Network. Any posts to their Facebook page regarding lost pets are immediately shared.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:33:08
the focus is on 'moving animals' not on rescuing, rehabilitation or community service.
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 10:05:44
We used to get notifications all the time from this shelter on lost animals so that we could also share, we no longer get these notifications so I have to assume they are not interested in returning lost pets to their owners.
1 posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:16:52
(no comment)
1 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 15:27:08
Unknown efforts in keeping and checking the lost and found list or offering to micro chip at reduced prices?
Volunteers 1.9 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 22:10:23
The experienced volunteers, many who had been there for over 8 yrs, were basically FORCED out by the new board...at present...all volunteers prior to the hostile takeover in 8/14 have either quit or were told 'they can't be trusted.'This included the volunteer coordinator, internet poster, website coordinator, adoption coordinator, biography writer, all dog walkers and socializers.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:03:58
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
4 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 10:06:24
HSGC has a volunteer coordinator who is a volunteer herself with a full time career so volunteer recruitment is done primarily through Facebook appeals. The volunteers in place are really wonderful, hardworking, focused individuals who recognize the importance of their work. HSGC COULD USE MORE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP AT THE THRIFT STORE AND TO SOCIALIZE PETS AT THE SHELTER.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:30:09
This organization has a strong volunteer base which is growing quickly with increased public awareness, also fueled by the efforts of its diligent volunteers.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:31:46
VERY POOR. Long term, very active volunteers have been discouraged from participating. Those who continue to try to develop marketing, advertizing receive no information to post .
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 10:04:23
They have lost many of their volunteers and are unwilling to let some volunteers that are experienced with the animals work with them so....I guess that is where the life and death difference will be shown.
1 posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:16:39
(no comment)
1 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 15:25:48
Numerous experienced former volunteers have been turned down and away from areas of adoption & fostering coordination, webmaster, outstanding foster home, errand running and thrift store attending. Picture taking, bio writer, internet posting and so on. Really? Has anyone ever heard of this in a non profit no kill donation funded only?
Public Relations/Community Involvement 2.1 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 22:05:19
They are weekly at Petco.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:03:53
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
4 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 10:01:59
The post-receivership administration has done an excellent job of putting HSGC in front of the public. The President has spoken to Rotary; HSGC had a booth at the Home & Garden Show and the Boat & RV Show; held adoption events at several locations around town; recruited a dynamic volunteer to maintain the social media; and kept press releases flowing. There are more public speaking opportunities that have not been realized as yet so there is room for improvement there.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:29:06
This organization has an active Facebook page with over 500 new likes in the past 3 months. This increase coincides with new volunteers coming on board and moving the social media forward, thus increasing public exposure and awareness. The organization holds adoption events every Saturday at the local Petco, as well as other adoption events. They also submit Pet of the Week and Pets of the Month to the local newspaper. Their efforts have been successful in increasing public awareness immensely in the community.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:29:41
Only public relations are Petco visits. Communication with members is scant,fund raising benefits are very minimal. Volunteers have been alienated and large loss re donations and estates/trusts. No website exists
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 10:02:46
Since they have gone from a "NO KILL" shelter to a "KILL" shelter, they are and will be in the future in the "PUBLIC'S EYE"
1 posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:16:23
This facility euthanized 5 dogs in 2014. They are not a no kill facility any longer.
3 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 15:19:28
The new board has managed to increase shelter exposure by public partnering however marketing the founding mission of cruelty prevention by all legitimate means is gone. Just rescue and rehoming is the mission listed on their only public forum facebook
Medical and Behavior Programs 2.1 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 22:04:51
They do not accept or rescue sick/injured animals...only 'highly adoptable' pets. The experienced volunteers who did the socializing quit en masse when they started killingg animals
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:03:47
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 09:57:09
HSGC works with several vet clinics in the area which enables it to get prompt vet care for all pets surrendered to it. It isn't unusual for a pet to be surrendered Monday morning, be vetted (including desexed) on Tuesday and available for adoption on Saturday. Likewise, if a pet needs heart worm treatment, that pet gets the treatment and is kept in the office under the watchful eyes of the kennel manager and staff. Volunteers go to the kennel at least two days a week to walk and socialize the dogs. The kennel staff attend to the socialization of the cats.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:25:27
The animals taken into this organization are immediately vetted, thus reducing chances of illness spreading into the kennel. In addition, the organization tests and treats for heart worms. The animals are all kept up to date on vaccinations and flea/tick and heart worm prevention.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:27:35
Very very minimal rehabilitation efforts as they will only accept 'highly adoptable animals.' This policy eliminates all animals that are abused neglected, starved or injured. This shelter does not aid/take in or help injured or abused animals. If you call re an injured animal - you are referred to Animal Control - which does not aid injured or provide medical care - they will only pick-up and euthanize...Mon-Fri 8-5 - so what about after hours and weekends? No help at all. Reporting animal neglect / abuse - they refer you to the sheriff's office which does not have time. They provide NO MEDICAL care for emergencies. Only healthy animals are accepted to rehome - the rest are sent to animal control to be killed. They seem to have missed the 'HUMANE' part of this 'society.'
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 10:01:38
the Humane Society of Garland County's kennel is only interested in adoptable animals. They are pulling from the kill city shelter in Hot Springs but yet euthanizing some of their own animals. This tells me they are unwilling to work with those animals that need rehab and kill them instead then go and get more adoptable animals.
1 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 15:14:15
Again no regulations on medical or behavior modification plans are being enforced by new board. The newly self appointed president resigned to a regular board position after he stated there are no adoption policies. The treasure stated in a face book reply the members should be informed of new by laws and policies in Jan.
Pet Retention 1.9 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 22:02:51
no information
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:03:25
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
4 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 09:51:13
Kaye Gilder, kennel manager, does a great job of working with pet owners. She also doesn't hesitate to refer folks to area vets when warranted. It would be nice if HSGC could do more outreach in schools and social clubs to further educate the public. There's room for improvement as far as mass communication.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:23:52
This organization is eager to advise people on how to keep their animals instead of surrendering them. They have also been willing to take countless animals who would have otherwise been simply dumped or taken to the high kill shelter.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:27:00
no assistance, classes, out reach, bite programs exist. This shelter does not aid/take in or help injured or abused animals. If you call re an injured animal - you are referred to Animal Control - which does not provide any care. The community no longer has a shelter for homeless animals as they do not aid injured animals or provide medical care - they will only pick-up and euthanize...Mon-Fri 8-5 - so what about after hours and weekends? No help at all. Reporting animal neglect / abuse - they refer you to the sheriff's office which does not have time. They provide NO MEDICAL care for emergencies. Only healthy animals are accepted to rehome - the rest are sent to animal control to be killed. They seem to have missed the 'HUMANE' part of this 'society.'
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 09:59:55
You have to be experienced in this area to be able to help others with their animal problems. The kennel manager is NOT experienced nor is the president of the organization.
1 posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:15:02
(no comment)
1 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 15:07:14
Counseling with pet owners and behavioral modification methods, waiting list & other alternatives have been discontinued by current shelter manager and directors are oblivious to needs of the general public due to a lack of humane shelter governing experience
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 2 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 22:01:59
They go to Petco weekly and limited internet. However, they do not vet animals PRIOR to adoption. No check with past veterinarians, require fenced yards, check with landlords or personal references PRIOR- people fill out the paperwork, pay and take the animals home.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-06-17 11:33:54
HSGC now screens intakes for adoptability and with the new screening in place it appears if pets aren't highly adoptable, they are not accepted. Yes the former administration did trap feral dogs who's owner had passed away and left them, multiplying,starving and some were injured. There was no other possible help for these poor dogs and the only alternative was to turn their back on them and watch them suffer each day as they were clearly visible from the public road near the shelter facility. Animal control in the city wasn't an option as they only pick up contained animals and these adult dogs with puppies were in danger of being shot or poisoned. There was a plan for these dogs when brought to the shelter as 7 of the 14 trapped were socialized and adopted into loving homes. The remaining ones were walking on a leash, knew their names and were on their way to becoming adoptable when the new administration took over. Now we have learned FIFTEEN poor scared dogs were killed by the new administration. There only crime was to be scared...therefore not easily cared for by the staff who had an inexperienced leadership. It appears the new administration has turned this once truly compassionate Humane Society into a rehoming shelter not willing to go the extra mile to help all animals in their community. Even with several paid employees it appears HSGC doesn't save as many lives as the other foster only rescues do.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 09:47:43
HSGC now screens intakes for adoptability. (Before the receivership, the old administration would trap feral dogs and bring them to the kennel with no adoption plan for these animals). With the new screening in place, HSGC adopts out 20+ animals (dogs and cats) per month. The adoptable pets are marketed through PetFinder, RescueMe, AdopAPet, the local newspaper, Facebook, photo postings in local restaurants and businesses. A new, user friendly website is in the works and nearing its launch date. Most effective though are the offsite adoption events at PetCo, Tractir Supply, and other local businesses.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:21:55
This organization has adopted out over 160 animals since August 2014, all of whom were abandoned, neglected, or abused, thus allowing kennel space to rescue many dogs from the local kill shelter who were slated for immediate euthanization. This facility NEVER euthanizes healthy, nonaggressive animals.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:26:24
They are not utilizing nor encouraging the posting of animals on the internet. They have terminated this process...the only adoption process is taking a handful of animals weekly to Petco. Volunteers previously were very active in marketing on the 'net, newspapers etc - new staff/board have discontinued this since 8/14
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 09:58:44
Handing out animals to adopters at Petco without Vet reference checks ahead of time, not updating their web site and not doing complete applications only shows that to me it is the quantity of adoptions they are after not the QUALITY of the adopters.
1 posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:14:18
(no comment)
1 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 15:03:54
Free reign given to inexperienced, new kennel management by all new directors whom lack experience in humane society sheltering has let down the pets & general public. Former interactive web site to link public to a variety of services, including cruelty prevention, and posting all pets available for adoption while a web master has offered free services since August is beyond comprehension if the best interest of the pets and public is important
Foster Care 2.1 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 21:58:52
they have a few but limited fosters
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:04:49
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 09:40:35
HSGC does have a foster program. In fact, my family fosters for HSGC. The post-receivership administration inherited a kennel with 20+ senior dogs, many of which had been at the kennel their entire lives. These are the animals that the kennel manager is working into foster homes with the hopes these elderly dogs can be adopted some day soon. Puppies are also placed in foster homes until they are ready for adoption.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:17:27
Active foster program which recruits for new foster homes
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:23:51
Very, very limited fostering. Their focus is NOT on rehabilitating sick/injure or behaviorally challenged animals. They will not take in any animals who are not immediately adoptable. All animals MUST be healthy, totally socialized, to be accepted. People who find sick, injured, malnourished or neglected pets are told to take the animals to the city kill shelter...which is only open 5 days a week 9-5. The city shelter does NOT provide medical treatment other than euthanizing. So there is NO WHERE for good Samaritans to take animals in need. These people claim is 'costs too much' yet have large financial reserves. Hardly HUMANE
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 09:56:27
They have lost many of their fosters because they have become a kill facility and because of the take over in 2014.
1 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 14:49:34
Not following through with written application requirements which had been in place for years to make sure there is responsible & secure care giving of foster pets will eventually end in tragedy
Rescue Groups 2.1 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 21:58:29
GCHS only will 'rescue' highly adoptable animals - others are referred to a kill shelter. They do not respond to calls of cruelty/neglect or injured animals - all referred to kill shelter
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:04:44
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 09:35:36
The kennel manager hired in August 2014 immediately sought out and engaged in a relationship with a rescue group in another state. Hound mix dogs are often surrendered to HSGC. The rescue group in the other state specifically seeks out hound mixes for placement in their area. This relationship resulted in placement of 12 dogs within the first three months of the relationship. Additionally, HSGC now collaborates with the municipal Animal Control agency and pulls dogs that are scheduled for euthanasia. More than 20 dogs were saved in the first five months of that relationship.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:17:19
(no comment)
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:22:22
Very limited in out reach, contact or work with any rescue groups. The previous staff did but the a hostile takeover in 8/14 eliminated all volunteers who sought outside contacts and postings of animals on various internet sites
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 09:55:40
Very little networking with other rescue groups, if they had done this they may not have chosen to kill 5 dogs.
1 posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:13:58
(no comment)
2 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 14:45:03
Loosening adoption fencing requirements of securely containing dogs to get rid of and make room for other dogs to be taken in lacks genuine welfare interest of pet and the neighbors/public's best interest
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 2.4 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 21:55:07
state law requires all their animals be spay/neutered - they comply
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:04:40
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 09:29:09
Humane Society of Garland County collaborates with Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League in providing spay/neuter services to our community. HSGC recently joined AWL in a grant application and has committed to assisting in transporting animals to/from clinics. HSGC is innovative in finding ways to fill gaps in the services offered in the community and engaging in collaborations with sister rescue groups so no one group carries all the burden yet the community recieves a wide range of services.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:48:13
This organization refers the public to Animal Welfare League, another local rescue organization which has a grant to fund low cost spay/neuter
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:20:42
they offer nor advertize any low cost clinics. They give vouchers only for reduced cost
2 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 09:54:56
Offers low cost vouchers but no low cost clinics
1 posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:13:12
They do not hold S&N clinics
3 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 14:40:56
Low cost vouchers available, no spay neuter clinics, unknown alternatives for those who can not pay for low cost sterilization
Feral Cat TNR Program 1.5 average
1 posted by LindaWass, on 2015-07-16 21:54:10
HSGC does nothing to rescue or work with feral cats OR dogs
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-07-16 10:04:35
As of July 2015 this society has killed 15 scared dogs. It appears they do not want to nor have the experience to rehabilitate scared dogs. It is easier to kill them. FIFTEEN dogs have been killed by this society.
5 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 09:24:41
TNR services are provided by two other rescue organizations in Garland County. The Humane Society of Garland County supports the TNR efforts of sister rescues by sharing surplus cat food used to feed feral colonies.
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:47:18
No TNR program locally
1 posted by (empty name), on 2015-02-08 10:20:05
there is no feral cat program
1 posted by taft.ma1948, on 2015-02-08 09:54:35
No program like this exists with The Humane Society of Garland County
1 posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:12:47
There is no program at HSGC
1 posted by janderson0531, on 2014-12-03 14:38:48
No TNR available here with out alternatives at this time
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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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