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Fort Madison Protectors of Animal Welfare, P.A.W.


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Protectors of Animal Welfare, (P.A.W.) is a 501c3 NO-KILL pet adoption center located in the very tip of southeast Iowa. Our shelter number is (319-372-2274). WE ARE FULLY TAX-DEDUCTIBLE! We have been in business for the past 14 years, adopting out approximately 250-300 pets per year and house approximately 80-90 pets at any given time. We operate strictly on donations, fundraisers, memorials, grants, and as beneficiaries in wills and/or life insurance policies. We have NEVER received any funding from our City, County or State of Iowa and operate our facility on a yearly budget of approximately $145,000 - no frills, only the necessities of maintaining an outstanding adoption facility. We do the following for all of our pets: SPAY OR NEUTER BEFORE ADOPTION (SAVING YOU BETWEEN $175-$250!); WORMINGS; MONTHLY FLEA TREATMENTS; VACCINES & BOOSTERS WHEN DUE; HEARTWORM TEST ALL INCOMING DOGS AND PUT ON MONTHLY HEARTWORM MEDICINE; RABIES SHOTS; ALL THIS FOR OUR AVERAGE ADOPTION FEE OF $75! NOTE: SOME PETS HAVE HAD THEIR ADOPTION FEES REDUCED OR PAID FOR - CHECK OUT THEIR DESCRIPTIONS! FULL BLOODED BREEDS MAY BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER - CHECK AT SHELTER. Neither our city of Ft. Madison or County officials have EVER provided ANY funding. All of our operating funds are raised through hard work and dedication of our Board of Directors and Staff. Our staff is small but totally dedicated to finding good homes for for our furry little waifs. We welcome volunteers to walk the dogs and play with the cats & kittens, We require parental guidance at all times if children are under 16. All volunteers must fill out our Volunteer Form so everyone knows what is expected of volunteer service. We love to give tours to school classes of all ages, church & youth groups, 4-H groups, Boy & Girl Scout Troops, etc. It's important to teach our youth respect and care for pets at a young age! All potential adopters are screened about the environment our pets will go to, what their past history has been in regard to other pets, if they have pets at home now, and their ability to have this new family member well taken care of in regard to vet care. We do request vet information as we do call them to make sure former pets had good vet care. And, if renting, we check with the Landlord to make sure they have given permission to have a pet. Our needs are simple, but yet ongoing! At the present time, we are in need of: CLEANING SUPPLIES - LOTS of paper towels, bleach, liquid laundry soaps, disinfectant hand soaps, toilet paper (for the humans, not the pets!) , TREATS - for our cats and dogs! (Ever met a "kid" that didn't like a treat now and then?--Ours are no different!) CANNED food for both cats & dogs, Clorox Hand Wipes, etc. and Purina Puppy & Kitten Chow and adult cat food. We have sufficient adult dog food at this time.


Address:
2031 48th Street
P.O. Box 181
Fort Madison, IA 52627
Phone: 319-372-2274
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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