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2.2
A Compassionate Director 1 average
1 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:39:44
Compassion? Not on their "board". I heard the treasurer have a temper tantrum and ask "Why isn't this dog dead yet?" She was referring to a dog that they voted to euthanize, and she was angry that he was still in the kennel when she came to visit. There was little compassion for the animals here.
Proactive Redemptions 3 average
3 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:38:28
(no comment)
Volunteers 3.5 average
2 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:38:03
Some of the volunteers were mean and awful to be around. Some of the volunteers were out to make animals that they didn't like look bad, and would put themselves in dangerous situations to do so. The other good volunteers really tried, but their efforts were often rejected.
5 posted by KayeAndres, on 2013-07-21 09:43:19
(no comment)
Public Relations/Community Involvement 2 average
2 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:36:30
They only reach out to the community to fund raise for their own benefit. They rarely give back to the public.
Medical and Behavior Programs 1 average
1 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:36:05
Medical is run by poorly trained staff. Only if the animal is bad enough will they take it to Valley Vet. There is no behavior program here.
Pet Retention 2 average
2 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:35:18
Their advice is to take the dog to a different shelter.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 1 average
1 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:34:52
They only care about numbers and getting the animals out. They don't match the animals with the right homes.
Foster Care 4 average
3 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:33:48
They try with some animals. Limited foster homes.
5 posted by KayeAndres, on 2013-07-21 09:47:06
There are many ways to get involved at Animal Protectors, but not all require time at the shelter. One significant and rewarding opportunity is becoming a foster parent to an animal in need by opening your heart and home. Fostering an animal in need allows them to receive extra care that shelter life is sometimes not able to provide.
Rescue Groups 1 average
1 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:33:04
They don't reach out to other rescues or organizations. I know for a fact that another rescue organization reached out to Animal Protectors asking if they needed help, and AP ignored their emails and phone calls.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 1 average
1 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:31:49
No program for the public to spay/neuter their dog. They only refer to other vaccine clinics and spay/neuter programs.
Feral Cat TNR Program 2 average
2 posted by ClarissaRichards, on 2016-12-02 23:30:50
What program? They barely have one.
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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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