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1 posted by nquestel88, on 2018-10-02 00:22:22
My girlfriend and I visited Connecticut Cat Connection in hopes of adopting a kitten. We traveled an hour and a half from Western Massachusetts to the adoption center, mostly because of the positive reviews we saw online. I am a loving owner of two cats - one five years old and the other three years old. My hope was to bring a new kitten into our happy family. We were incredibly heartbroken to be turned away from the adoption center, in what was the most negative experience I’ve ever had with an animal adoption agency. Before we were allowed in to see the cats, we were asked a series of questions. The first question was whether or not my girlfriend and I were living together. I explained to the woman that my girlfriend is living in an apartment in Massachusetts while she finishes school, and that I live in New York City. In a few short months, we will be living together. I told the woman that our intention was that the cat would keep my girlfriend company in Massachusetts until she returned home to New York, where we would be re-united. This was apparently the “wrong” answer in the “quiz”, as we were told we could not adopt a kitten, as the shelter requires all kittens to be in a home with another cat. 

I wholeheartedly agree with the right of a shelter to make rules regarding the placement of its animals. So, I explained to the woman that instead, I could take the kitten to my home, where it would live with my two cats, who both get along great with other animals. This answer was not good enough for her, as she had already made up her mind that we could not adopt a kitten. Her tone suggested that I was somehow being dishonest, as she responded, “That’s not what you said what you came in.” 

 The reality was that I was trying to provide one of her kittens a loving home, and she had an alternative agenda from the moment we walked in. I don’t know why the woman wasn’t willing to hear me out regarding the fact that the kitten would be placed in a home with two other cats, and that our initial plan was simply one of the options we had for the cat in the first few months of its life. However, her first question of “Are you living together?” Is a good hint. 

 Perhaps if we weren’t both in our early 20s, we would have been taken more seriously. Perhaps if we weren’t an interracial couple that didn’t look like we were from Windsor, we would have been taken more seriously. Perhaps this woman was having a bad day and regretted her actions soon after. Either way, we will soon find a kitten to love, but it will take much longer to get over the degrading treatment we received at Connecticut Cat Connection.
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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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