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PALS, Pets A Lone Sanctuary (West Hawk Point)


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Adoptable Pets in Missouri
PALS was founded in March of 1989, in Lincoln County, Missouri, as an all-volunteer, non-profit animal rescue organization. We are an IRS 501(c)(3) certified charity licensed by the State of Missouri.

PALS is essentially a “no-kill” shelter. The only time an animal is euthanized is if it is too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be suitable for adoption. Even in these circumstances, the decision to euthanize is not taken lightly and must be approved by our Board of Directors. Other than for those reasons, a pet will have a caring home with PALS until adopted.


Address:
4287 Hwy 47
West Hawk Point, MO 63349

Call Us: 636-338-1818
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
5
Proactive Redemptions
0
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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Heartbreaking experience, unprofessional employees. My family has a 6 year old dog and we were looking for a puppy to join our family as a companion. We were interested in a puppy so that it would be playful with our current dog, and our current dog would model behavior while we are training a puppy. After speaking on the phone with the supervisor Jennifer multiple time in one day after falling in love with a puppy we found through adoptapet.com, we made an appointment to come visit the puppy with our children. Jennifer told us there was a family coming at 6:00 pm so we could come at 6:30. When we arrived we found out that Jennifer was not there and the family from the 6:00 appointment was not helped yet either. At 6:50 she arrived and we were able to meet the puppy. Since the other family was waiting longer, they were seated int he meet and greet room with couches and toys. We were hold to stay in the front area of the cat cages to interact with the puppy. My children (4 & 2 yrs) were excited to play with the puppy and loved that she followed them around. Jennifer was very rude and short with us telling us we needed to keep our children way from the cats with the puppy. However, since we were sitting on the floor in the cat hallway, there was obviously not much room. We held the puppy and pet her instead of letting her down to explore and interact with us because this facility was not prepared or equipped to handle more than customer at a time. The next day we received a call saying our family was determined by the board to not be a good fit for the puppy. When I asked why, Jennifer said they NEVER adopt puppies to families with small children because "it would be too much responsibility to train an puppy with small children." I was shocked and offend by their decision. Jennifer knew that we were interested in a puppy and knew the ages of our children. It seems logical to me that if their policy is to determine that puppies are not "good fits" for families with children, that should be clarified BEFORE families come to visit. I hope this review will save other families the heartache and disappointment we experienced.
posted by AbbyHall, on 2016-10-13 13:34:39