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Green Hills Animal Shelter (Trenton)


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The first Green Hills Animal Shelter Committee was formed in 1999. By 2000, the group had become a federal non-profit corporation and had matured into a 12-member Board of Directors. The years since then have been busy. Grants were written, funds raised, building plans and blueprints for a new building were created.

When a building was donated to the Green Hills Animal Shelter by Maggie Bush, the Board of Directors decided to renovate the former Maggie's Mess into an animal shelter. This was not to be, but the Board of Directors was able to use the building for years as a home base for Adoption Days, Obedience Classes and Fundraising events. The Board continued to do community outreach and humane education during this time. The "Being Pet Friendly" newspaper column has been published twice a month in the Trenton Republican Times since 2001. A radio spot, the "Animal-Humane Connection", has been aired twice a month on KTTN since 2002. Alliances were formed with rescue groups in Kansas City and around the USA in a successful effort to find new homes for animals.

The Board was reenergized in 2007 when Orscheln's Farm and Home Supply donated their old Trenton store building to the Green Hills Animal Shelter. Building plans were created. Zoning was approved. The Board decided that there was enough money in the building fund to begin renovations.

In less than two years, the interior of that building has been transformed. The Board is grateful for the community support shown during this phase. Local businesses supplied some materials at cost. Items have been donated. A lot of the actual labor has been done by Board members. The Board has learned an enormous amount about the legal and business side of running an animal shelter. Alliances have been formed with city and county officials so that they can benefit from our services. After 10 years of dreaming and planning, the Green Hills Animal Shelter has become a reality as a permanent animal shelter facility to serve our community.


3041 E. 10th St.
Trenton, MO 64683

Ph.660 359 2700
[email protected]
Has Facebook page as well
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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