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Cashiers Highlands Humane Society


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Nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter for dog and cats in the mountains of Western North Carolina, established in 1987.

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society
PO Box 638
200 Gable Street
Cashiers, NC 28717
Tel 828-743-5752
Fax 828-743-7892
[email protected]
www.chhumanesociety.org
Feral Cat TNR Program
5
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
0
Rescue Groups
0
Foster Care
5
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
0
Pet Retention
0
Medical and Behavior Programs
0
Public Relations/Community Involvement
0
Volunteers
5
Proactive Redemptions
0
A Compassionate Director
0
Adoptable Pets in North Carolina
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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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Amy animal shelter that allows a person to walk away without paying a fair amount for an adoption fee does not care much for animals. When someone gets a free animal from a wealthy shelter a smaller shelter can not compete and will bne forced out of business. This means the animals in that area are not adopted, ther small shelter is forced to closed its doors, lraving the animals at the mercy of public shelters where they are very lokely to be euthanized. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO REACH NO KILL NATHAN WINOGRAD And all who follow you. THIS IS WRONG>>>WRONG>>>WRONG. Giving a cat or a dog for free IS NOT AN ADOPTION and should not be caled so. Face it...we DO have a PROBLEM WITH PET OVER POPULATION and yours will never solve it. The only answer is education of the public in responsible pet care and a Strong spay/neuter program. I operate Catman2 Inc. a cats only shelter in Cullowhee, NC and I welcome a visit to see how a good shelter operates. I am not some old fool. I am a retired Professor of Biology, prblished author, professional photographer and song writer. I built Catman2 with my own money and labor and have been doing this 18 years. I am aware that Tompkins County NY is a poster child for the no-kill movement. I have visited and I can tell you the problem may be under control but drive beyond the county line and the animal shelters are hurting. THERE WILL NEVER BE A NO KILL NATION unless we get over being myoptic. For Shame!
posted by HaroldSims, on 2014-11-24 22:48:16