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A Compassionate Director 2.8 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:29:03
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5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:07:23
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5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:41:57
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:26:34
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5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 12:02:04
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1 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:41:14
A compassionate Director would not bully staff into signing HR documents with lies to protect the AF brand. Staff in desperate need of a job should not be bullied.
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 09:09:19
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1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 06:05:04
Murderer. The nasty, miserableness of the staff comes from the top!!
1 posted by TerryByers, on 2016-11-04 20:38:26
Should be negative
1 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:47:58
They have a worthless director. If you ask anybody at 'the top' they're big on spin, but act like they could be selling plumbing supplies. They're nothing but smoke and mirrors
1 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:40:45
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Proactive Redemptions 2.8 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:29:01
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5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:07:14
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5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:41:53
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:26:24
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5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 12:01:57
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1 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:39:40
If there's time, one or two people might go above and beyond and help another person instead of themselves.
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 09:09:07
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1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 06:04:17
I don't know much about this part of AF if it exists at all.
1 posted by TerryByers, on 2016-11-04 20:38:13
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1 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:46:25
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1 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:36:11
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Volunteers 3 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:28:48
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5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:06:57
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5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:41:46
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:26:20
I've been a volunteer there for over 6 years - and this is my HAPPY PLACE! Love the people that volunteer there also. I have made many friends
5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 12:01:41
The volunteers are wonderful and dedicated to the animals and community outreach programs.
2 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:38:33
If it weren't for volunteers, some animals would never be touched.
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 09:08:48
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1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 06:03:23
Volunteers leave disillusioned or are let go for voicing their opinion.
2 posted by TerryByers, on 2016-11-04 20:38:06
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1 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:45:48
They treat volunteers like crap...then have a lunch for them once a year. They suspend and fire volunteers as if they're employees.
1 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:36:02
High turnover.
Public Relations/Community Involvement 2.9 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:28:44
Numerous public/community events
5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:06:53
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5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:41:37
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:25:41
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5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 12:01:11
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2 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:38:13
AF Brand does well but public is catching on to deceptive practices.
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 09:08:43
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1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 06:02:03
They don't partner as they can't work well with others at all.
1 posted by TerryByers, on 2016-11-04 20:38:00
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1 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:45:06
They lie to the public calling themselves no kill. The shelter also failed their inspection in 2015....it's filthy where the public can't see.
1 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:33:32
Community partnership impossible because Animal Friends will not ask for or accept help from other agencies.
Medical and Behavior Programs 2.8 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:28:22
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5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:06:45
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5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:41:32
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:25:37
Animal Friends has taken dogs and cats that were literally starved and nursed them back to health - sometimes the medical treatment takes months - but they are committed to doing the best for the animals!
5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 12:01:08
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1 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:37:15
Both programs do the very basic, %50 of the time. Animals with problems tend to leave more traumatized or with more problems, case in point: https://www.youcaring.com/julietandhollygumbeski-680928?fb_action_ids=1199383596775189&fb_action_types=youcaringcom%3Ashare
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 09:08:29
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1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 06:01:30
If not socialized, they are killed!
1 posted by TerryByers, on 2016-11-04 20:37:56
Wish I could give a negative.
1 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:43:07
They do well medically, but often kill behavior problem dogs without trying to save..will NOT permit a rescue group to help. Ego problems get in the way.
1 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:30:56
Animals stuck there for years. Underfunded, understaffed, poorly qualified. Traumatized animals killed despite offers from rescue organizations.
Pet Retention 3.1 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:28:10
I see their website has University classes for people to take their animals to.
5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:06:30
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5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:41:27
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:24:34
The Behavior Staff is always ready to help adopters with any problems they may encounter after the pet goes home. They also offer training classes of all types for dogs.
5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 12:00:56
Behavior Hotlines and education/training classes available for the public.
1 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:34:43
Each week, there is at least one return kennel. Adopters can't utilize a program to retain animals in forever homes, if the program is defunct.
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 09:08:21
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1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 06:00:59
They don't work well with people.
1 posted by TerryByers, on 2016-11-04 20:37:25
Not done
3 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:42:05
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2 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:24:00
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs 3.1 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:27:43
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5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:06:23
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5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:41:13
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:23:42
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5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 11:59:43
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1 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:33:31
They say they have programs but they can't fulfill. Lying doesn't help get animals into a permanent home.
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 09:08:02
Animal friends has failed multiple animals by placing these animals in poor environments. Example would be placing an 8lb dog in a home with small children.
1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 06:00:35
More could be adopted but they turn away adopters because they can't work well with the public UNLESS they are giving large sums of money for their faux no kill lies!!
1 posted by TerryByers, on 2016-11-04 20:37:09
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3 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:41:54
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2 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:23:40
While Animal Friends is very skilled at marketing. Their failure to update their archaic adoption policy and procedures results in many potential adopters being senselessly turned away.
Foster Care 2.9 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:27:36
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5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:06:17
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5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:41:08
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:23:36
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5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 11:59:11
Medically compromised dogs stay in loving foster homes until they are better. Foster families, staff, and volunteers take dogs that need a break from the shelter into their homes frequently for cage breaks.
1 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:32:39
Huge feral foster cat program b/c the cats never get adopted.
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 09:05:04
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1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 05:59:06
They are horrible and don't work well with fosters or volunteers!
1 posted by TerryByers, on 2016-11-04 20:37:04
DDenied too many animals to foster.
1 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:41:39
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2 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:19:19
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Rescue Groups 2.8 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:27:09
I've seen their big New Year's Rescue--where they pull from other shelters to save as many animals that they can.
5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:06:12
Transfers when most appropriate for the animals involved. Often takes animals from other groups.
5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:41:04
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:23:33
One of Animal Friends Dogs was pulled by Throw Away Dogs - and was trained to be a narcotics dog for a police force. What a great rescue this was!
5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 11:57:25
Animal Friends consistently helps other shelters and rescues. They take adoptable dogs from other shelters so that those shelters can have space to help other dogs. They also bring food and other resources to shelters that are in need of help.
1 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:31:45
Must schedule an appt. to bring animal in to shelter. Will deny an animal if it is deemed "unadoptable" by the placement department.
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 09:04:55
How do I rate this in the complete negative!!!! Animal Friends has terminated several animals that had Rescues begging to pull. Instead of giving these animals a chance they Animal Friends terminated these innocent animals. Please check out the "Justice for Peppy" Facebook page and please sign the petition!!! Animal Friends NEEDS to change their policies and leadership. They go against their own Mission Statement!!! No unwarranted euthanasia. Well they certainly do unwarranted euthanasia by killing animals that legal, responsible, multiple Rescues are begging to take these animals... Animals Friends would rather kill than allow Legit Rescues who would take on all legal accountability for these animals. Rescues with long term stellar track records. Not rare for Animal Friends but the norm =[ =[ =[
1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 05:58:29
They refuse to work with rescues and will kill an animal instead of letting a rescue take them. They are NOT A NO KILL FACILITY!
1 posted by TerryByers, on 2016-11-04 20:36:16
Denied animals to rescue too many times.
1 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:41:22
They will kill an animal with a behavior problem rather than permit a rescue group to take it.
1 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:18:40
Animal Friends refuses to work with the rescue community. See Justice for Peppy FB page for more information.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 3.7 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:26:01
I've heard good things about their LCSN program. My friend used their program to neuter her dog, and get low cost vaccines so that they could keep their dog.
5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:05:23
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5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:40:54
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:22:30
The staff that work in this Department are fantastic!
5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 11:48:27
LCSN crew are dedicated to ending pet overpopulation and they do a wonderful job caring for the animals.
2 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:30:39
LCSN is rude and pushy. Numbers, not health, is important.
2 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 08:54:20
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1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 05:57:26
They do participate in low cost spay and neuter
4 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:40:46
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3 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:17:20
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Feral Cat TNR Program 3.5 average
5 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:25:07
Continually tries their best to end feral cat over population.
5 posted by ChelseaCibella, on 2016-11-24 16:04:57
Very reasonable cost for doing TNVR. They will also rent traps and show people how to use them to assist in trapping.
5 posted by SusanBarnesBerneburg, on 2016-11-24 13:40:48
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5 posted by DebbieKerbertThomas, on 2016-11-24 13:22:06
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5 posted by LauraGiap, on 2016-11-10 11:45:29
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2 posted by RoseTaylor, on 2016-11-08 09:29:51
The attitude displayed by LCSN is deplorable. Admin is rude and pushy.
1 posted by AngelInka, on 2016-11-05 08:54:05
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1 posted by LoriJeanneHouseVinay, on 2016-11-05 05:56:56
Ferals are considered unadoptable and killed.
3 posted by TerryKuehner, on 2016-11-04 19:40:36
One of the few things they do well. But if they get a feral at the shelter, they have no plan B.
3 posted by SuzanJustice, on 2016-11-04 15:17:15
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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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