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Worcester County Humane Society (Berlin) Reviews


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A Compassionate Director 2.5 average
4 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:30:10
I met the new director at their open house and he seems to really be helping to start new programs and work towards more certifications for the employees. I think he will make a difference.
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:33:00
The last director accepted animals from a "rescue" that stole dogs from people's yards. She also concentrated her efforts on bringing animals from southern shelters rather than assisting pet owners and rescues in this community.
Proactive Redemptions 2.5 average
4 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:28:42
(no comment)
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:31:17
They recently started posting pets that have been picked up.
Volunteers 2.5 average
4 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:28:29
(no comment)
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:30:24
You can only volunteer at this shelter if you are liked by the BOD.
Public Relations/Community Involvement 2.5 average
4 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:28:18
I saw them more and more this past summer. They are in all the local papers and even on the sign boat that goes up and down the beach.
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:29:57
The BOD are great spin doctors. This shelter is in the public eye when it fund raises.
Medical and Behavior Programs 3 average
5 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:27:19
(no comment)
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:28:44
They do not disclose any experience the staff may or may not have.
Pet Retention 2 average
3 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:27:00
(no comment)
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:27:55
They have no program implemented at this time to help pet owners keep their pets.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 2.5 average
4 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:26:36
The social media presence seems to have grown extensively this last year.
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:26:23
They have animals available for adoption. But there are no adoption events or meet and greets.
Foster Care 2.5 average
4 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:25:56
They are always looking for more fosters. I fostered 2 liters this year and know that they couldn't get through kitten season without people that foster.
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:25:48
They have no foster care program.
Rescue Groups 3 average
5 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:24:32
I know they have worked with shelters locally, in the South and in Virginia where there are shelters that are high kill and overpopulated.
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:25:35
They currently do not work with rescue groups.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 1 average
1 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:23:16
They do not have one, but say they are working towards getting one started. The county depends currently on the Animal Control for this.
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:25:01
There is no low cost spay/neuter program offered by this shelter.
Feral Cat TNR Program 1.5 average
2 posted by HeatherMelsonBahrami, on 2015-11-14 15:22:25
They seem to slowly be working on a feral program. I think they work with the town to do TNR.
1 posted by BeachedPaws, on 2015-05-13 00:24:37
There is no TNR program at this shelter.
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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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