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Humane Society of Marion County


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The Humane Society of Marion County is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and protection of animals in Marion County, Florida. Our mission is to prevent cruelty, suffering and over population of animals through education, housing and financial support.

HSMC Animal Shelter is a No Kill shelter.

We do not rely on government funding. We survive by people donating. Our address is 701 NE 14th Rd. Ocala, FL , phone 352-873-7387
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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Interested in the TNR program for 1 feral kitty. She's about the right age to come into heat. I don't know how this works.. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.. Her sister was killed last night.. She was run over by a car.. Her Mother is now pregnant with her 3 rd litter. How do I go about saving this poor kitten??
posted by LindaProgar, on 2017-03-17 12:27:41
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Hi my name is Della, we have a huge problem and need help asap. We have at least 13 feral cats plus I know one just have babies in the woods across the street, anyway, the cats population is getting way out of control and my yard is a huge litter box and its costing us way to much money to feed them all, we have 5 of our own, 4 were feral cats so I know they are adoptable. We are only on disability and its getting very hard to feed them all, my neighbors are having a fit and I know one neighbor is throwing rocks at them. My head is telling me to quit feeding them and they will go away but my heart wouldn't let me, its affecting my health because I am so stressed over this. We have gotten two females tnr, and I wouldn't mind keeping those 2 around. Please I need help if you can even take a few of them it would be a huge help. I would greatly appreciate it. I am the crazy cat lady but I can't help myself. My number is 352-454-0747 God bless
posted by DellaStreitWhite, on 2016-09-13 07:16:30
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HELP US FIND TUFFY MAGILL I AM A4YEAR OLD BLACK MALE PUG AND I AM THE LOVE OF MY PERSON CARSON MAGILL'S LIFE I RIDE WITH HIM IN HIS POWERWHEEL, I GO WITH MY MOMMY EVERYMORNING AND AGAIN IN THE AFTERNOON TO SCHOOL, HE NEEDS ME AS HE HAS ALOT OF MEDICAL PROBLEMS, PLEASE CALL IF YOU FIND ME SO I CAN GO HOME AS I AM NEEDED PLEASE YOU CAN CALL 352-843-5431 OR MY GAMMY 352-817-5633
posted by j.phillips6j, on 2015-02-25 11:37:27
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I have 3 guinea pigs but one need medical treatment and I can't afford to do it I was wondering if you could take him in he's friendly but has a sore on his back that I can't get taken care of I don't have the money
posted by justatupper2006, on 2015-03-27 20:47:30