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Almost Home/Humane Society of North Central Iowa (Fort Dodge)


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Nearly 35 years ago, the Webster County Humane Society established its first animal shelter in small building designed to be an auto body shop, a temporary site to be used until a better facility could be found. Today, the homeless animals served by the Humane Society of North Central Iowa are still sheltered there.

At long last, the time has come for a new facility, the Almost Home Adoption and Education Center, which will offer safety, compassion and socialization skills for homeless animals, and offer residents of our area a welcoming place to interact with the animals, learn more about the responsibilities of pet ownership and choose a new forever friend to join their family.
Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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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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Adoptable Pets in Iowa
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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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My husband has found a very young mother cat with 4 kittens in the Rockwell City, Iowa area. We need to find a shelter for them before they get hurt or diseased. They're going to need a home before winter. We're full up with pets at our house. These are very tame, playful kittens. My number is 712 297 8682 please help!
posted by MaryD.Smith, on 2016-09-01 18:11:47
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I'm absolutely disgusted that your facility that claims to be a "no kill" shelter recently put down two pit bulls that were entrusted to your care, and to ban any further intake of "bully" breeds. Just 2 weeks ago, I used my very limited resources to transport Chevy from Des Moines to your "shelter" under the impression that he was going to be well taken care. I'm devastated that you have further lost one of his greatest allies for LIFE when Frankie was forced to leave due to your poor decision to divert from the now false mission of being a no-kill shelter. Please do us all a favor by taking "Home" out of your name and simply calling yourselves "Almost Humane Society of North Central Iowa." I think that would be much more fitting.
posted by DruStoefflerHoogerwerf, on 2015-06-21 14:30:10
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I have 4 10 week old kittens and their mother who is about a year old. The mother was a stray and I didn't know she was going to have babies. The kittens all have their 1st set of shots & they all have their 1st flea treatments. I already have a 16 yr old cat & can't afford to keep them. I am on a fixed income & thought I could find them homes but a three week ad in the courier proved me wrong & I don't want them to be put to sleep, but as I said I can't keep them. Please! Can someone give them good homes? my ph. # is: 319-830-1969.
posted by (empty name), on 2014-08-27 14:36:40
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I have two cats both 5yrs old and two dogs, one is 5 the other 6, that I am in desperate need of finding new homes. I'm in the process of moving and can't take them with me. My ex has made a threat to shoot my two dogs and I really don't want him to follow through with his threat before I can find them a place. Having a hard time finding a shelter or rescue that can take them.
posted by TaraCunningham, on 2013-07-16 14:31:50
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I HAVE 3 cats i need to rehome,,all 3 are under 3 years of age and are neutered...My health is failing and need to rehome them ,can you help me?
posted by MikeMincks, on 2013-07-07 20:45:53