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Adoptable Pets in Pennsylvania
Godfrey Ridge Drive
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

The Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM) seeks to accommodate Monroe County’s stray, homeless, neglected or abused animals. Our shelter takes in all companion animals and, with the assistance of rescue and foster organizations, veterinary services and pet behaviorists, evaluates and cares for each on a case-by-case basis. Our adoption program links up pets with loving families. We strive to end the pet overpopulation problem that leads to abuse and neglect with our spay/neuter program. We foster enriching relationships between people and animals through education and advocacy while setting a positive example for a humane path toward life. We are forging a new lifesaving consensus of hope in Monroe County that rejects the unnecessary killing of homeless animals.
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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Adoptable Pets in Pennsylvania
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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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In 2007 I found two kittens in my back yard left by their Mother. They were about 6 Months old. I started feeding them and before you know it the Winter set in and I let them stay in my outside screenhouse of which I put heat. I tried them inside my house first but they did not adapt well and were stressed out. So I let them stay outside my home all these years. I took them for shots and had them spayed. Both are Female. I have been feeding them and taking care of them ever since. Both are very healthy. Now I am moving to a place far away with no back yard. I need help from someone who could take these semi feral cats and save their lives. I am at my wits end on what to do. I tried all the shelters and no one will take them because the are feral. I can't just leave them in my yard when I move because they will starve. Does anyone know someone who can help me. Please I am desperate !!! I live in Monroe County. [email protected]
posted by (empty name), on 2015-03-25 04:22:39
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RE: PIT BULL, Attacked dog DEAR JOAN, There's no telling what that poor dog went thru b4 you had him. I had a Boston Terrier that I took in who shreaded my husbands leg, but only did so if I was around! What I'd do is call an animal behaviorlist; namely a dog expert. 2nd, make sure he is neutered. 3rd, let him have a 'safe place' where no one bothers him, his own bed, toys. 4th, do not allow him on your bed. A muzzle,but a humane one, may be required for now. If he is put down, have him tranquilized b4 the lethal injection. It's very sad, pit bulls are loving dogs, but like other animals aren't given correct care. I'm also the owner of an Egyptian Arabian horse, so called expert trainers were terrified of, well today we play fetch, I ride him a bit, he trusts me. But, I cannot imagine some guy out there having him; they brutalize horses who are one of the most docile, bears too, I met face to face, why are people so blood thirsty? Anyway Joan, good luck but get some valid, professional advice, because whatever that dog went thru in the past; made him what he is today.
posted by sablemagnum, on 2014-12-12 14:01:47
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Hi my name is joan, i need help...My son girl friend has a pitbull she had about a year now he is two years old, she heard that this couple had this dog they deversed and they were going to put the dog to sleep nobody wanted him..so she and her mom took him in. didn't know anything about this dog only what the owners said.dog friendly,great with people,house trained, and what ever else they said to get rid of him..they found out the pit is not animal friendly at all not crazy over woman. he has never bitten anyone he just wont listen to her are her mom..now my son handles him he's fine..but is very hard headed he wants to do what he wants..very strong..he did attack a small dog next store..the dog ran over to him of the leash and he grabbed a hold of the small dog did some damage.. but the little dog is ok..he is a beautiful dog..he is 4/years old..my son's girl friend and her mother are affraid of him the mother wants to put him down..i would take him but i have a small pit,and i dont want her to have to deal with him...i think he needs a man and a lot of training ..i think he would be fine..please help..if you can thank you jh..
posted by JoanHoffman, on 2014-07-24 18:35:20