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Pet Pal Animal Shelter (St Petersburg)


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Our mission is to rescue dogs and cats from animal shelters that may otherwise be euthanized due to time limitations, illness, injuries or lack of socialization and training. We are also dedicated to educating the public about the pet overpopulation crisis, the importance of spaying/neutering and responsible pet ownership.


Address:
405 22nd Avenue South,
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Phone: 727-545-0141
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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If I could give one start I would. This place was a joke from the moment we walked in, the front desk was incredibly RUDE. We let it go and asked to see some dogs that were available, because the dog my brother had since he was 12 (who is now 22 and has a degree in animal behavior and in his second year for veterinary technician) had just passed. We were directed to the side room and saw the dogs running in and out of their doggy doors to an outside play area. We assumed we could walk out there to meet the dogs because there were about 5 other people back there playing with them also. The front desk came back and proceeded to yell at us about being back there (there also was no sign stating we couldn't. Just to close the kennels before opening the door back into the shelter). Alright, we complied, it being our VERY FIRST visit there. We told them the dog we wanted to see and they allowed him to play with us in the 'family room', along with my chihuahua that I brought from home. My brother and I always let our dogs play together and he wanted something that would get along with other dogs because he is a dog trainer. The front desk had us fill out papers and wait and wait until finally she said, "Sorry you can't adopt. Your vet said your previous dog was not neutered." Wow.... so a dog that was over 10 years old was supposed to be neutered before you can adopt another one? Pretty sad and petty, he was never bred and coming to a shelter is the last place you'd find a dog of pedigree breeding. You're looking for a companion not a stud. BTW their adoptable dog was already neutered so I do not see the big deal. The vet confirmed the visits and that he had his shots, deworming, flea and tick meds etc... I don't know what these people want but I can only assume she didn't 'like us' from the get go. This place receives funds from the Pinellas Animal Control along with donations from people like me and you. They are unwilling to allow the poor animals into fabulous home because of wanting to feel in control. There are other shelters in this area that NEED the funds way more than this place, DO NOT ADOPT FROM HERE. Not that you'll get far anyways.
posted by kaylabihlajama, on 2014-10-14 22:32:19
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....but, when You think about it, wouldn't You think that perhaps those are the animals that need it the most? The ones that You feel are treated the worst? It's really never about the people, after all...
posted by hyltonlynn, on 2015-01-06 13:02:21