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Public Relations/Community Involvement 5 average
5 posted by Amanda, on 2013-07-17 23:21:59
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Foster Care 5 average
5 posted by Amanda, on 2013-07-17 23:09:15
Do you have the time to foster a dog, cat, puppies or kittens for a short period of time (typically a week to a few months) while they await admission to our Adoption Center? We will take care of all medical and food needs, crates, and other supplies, but we greatly need some volunteers to help keep our furry friends safe for a short while. Some may be recuperating from a recent injury, or simply have no place else to go. If you are interested, please call 721-1303 and speak to our Adoption Counselor (ext. 102).
Volunteers 5 average
5 posted by Amanda, on 2013-07-17 23:06:52
The Forsyth Humane Society is always in need of volunteers. We have an endless list of tasks for those who want to help, so consider this your personal invitation to join our team. We guarantee you’ll feel better knowing that your time and talents are making a difference to some lost, unwanted, frightened, or forgotten cat, kitten, dog or puppy who resides within our community. We also think you’ll make new friends meeting others who care about animals.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 5 average
5 posted by Amanda, on 2013-07-17 23:03:34
The FHS provides coordination and implementation of the Olivia and Edwina Morykwas Spay/Neuter Fund and the Sturmer Spay/Neuter program as overseen by the Winston-Salem Foundation. This program provides financial assistance to any low income person (as defined by HUD) in Forsyth County for their dog’s or cat’s spay/neuter surgery. If you would like to apply for spay/neuter assistance, please call or drop by the facility on Miller Street.
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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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