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Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) Reviews


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Proactive Redemptions 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:34:47
I am unable to accurately comment on this area. I do know they post flyers at their offices and have books for people to search as well as record their lost animals with pictures etc.
Volunteers 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:32:39
They have a very active volunteer network that the recognize with volunteer events, etc. They have a volunteer social media group that is very active and promotes animals needing assistance. They do volunteer training classes regularly.
Public Relations/Community Involvement 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:30:53
They have a large social network presence as well as off-site presence at community events from the smallest neighborhood sidewalk sales to conventions and events. They also have a monthly community cat chat to teach the community about and how TNR works as well as how to trap. They then also include a separate topic relating to community cats each month such as kittens, deterents, shelters, etc. They have billboards, commercials, events, f such as low-cost vaccination clinics, etc. Their public awareness is definitely out there.
Medical and Behavior Programs 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:26:13
They work with a large medical foster base to get their sick animals out into foster care to be able to recover as well as putting into place strict protocols vaccinating and testing incoming animals. They work with the community as well as every one of their members/employees to foster the sick and/or too young for adoption animals until they are able to go up for adoption, this includes their directors also.
Pet Retention 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:22:08
I cannot rate this portion as animal retention has never been an issue for me.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:18:53
Their schedule is packed with off-site events to showcase the animals. They do many in-shelter events to promote adoptions such as Black Fridays, $17.76 Adoptions over 4th of July, reduced fees for adults, etc. They also utilize Petcos and Petsmarts to increase the public access to their animals.
Foster Care 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:14:59
Their foster network is made up of.wonderful and committed people. I have fostered sick kittens, bottle babies and participated in both their foster finder program and reclaim program. They go above and beyond to ask for the help they need for the animals. They provide their fosters medicine, vet care and opportunities to travel to off-site events to showcase the animals.
Rescue Groups 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:10:01
I do not work primarily with any particular rescue group but do know they work with many others and have helped take animals from others in need as well as seeking placement for their ill animals with rescuers/fosters to enable the animals to have a chance at life.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:07:39
Their low cost clinic for community cats and ferals has enabled me to get many cats fixed that otherwise would have continued to breed. I am just one of hundreds who have used this program....last year they did over 7,000 cats through this program!
Feral Cat TNR Program 5 average
5 posted by PamRoudebushAmicarella, on 2014-08-23 09:04:35
I work extensively with ARL through this program with appointments averaging just about every other week throughout the year. Thru their low cost program I have been able to get many community and pet cats fixed as well as many kittens. Of 9 colonies where I actively trap for caretakers, 7 are completely fixed and numerous individuals have also benefitted because I have been able to get their pet or their local stray fixed. They are very accomodating and always work with me to get appointments scheduled.
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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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