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True Friends Animal Welfare Center (Montrose)


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Mission Statement:

"Our committed purpose is to bring together a united community to protect the lives of our homeless animals. It is our pursuit to place as many of our animal friend's into the compassionate home they undeniably deserve."

True Friends Animal Welfare Center is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. Serving animals in need throughout Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties


Address:
16332 SR 706
Montrose, PA 18801

Call Us: 570-278-1228

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

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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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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This place claims to be a "no kill" facility but my wife worked there and told me they keep the aggressive and feral animals in the back. If those animals don't "calm down" or become people friendly they are put down......how is that a "No Kill" shelter?
posted by jcolton1991, on 2015-03-26 14:09:28
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Would love to talk to you about True Friends. Please contact me: [email protected] Read my experience below: Senior animals who have lost their owners grieve as much or more than others left behind. They can not verbalize their emotions and are at the mercy of .sometimes uncaring humans. True Friends of Montrose does not understand this. For years I have provided a safe, loving place for senior dogs and cats who have lost their home through no fault of their own (and have worked with other shelters, i.e. Lackawanna County Humane Society for one). I give them a place to spend their last days. Dory Browning of True Friends has deemed me an unacceptable adoption home because I have made the decision that on my death the (elderly) animals in my home will be humanely put to sleep by a vet. While this might sound harsh, to put these animals through the stress and trauma of losing yet another home and ending up in a cage at the shelter is (beyond) cruel. Having the forethought to provide for my elderly pets makes me unfit to adopt a senior dog from True Friends. Shame on you, Dory. This ignorant little girl had a concern with something I said, NOT something written on my application. Dory did not contact me to clarify it; she just talked behind my back. True Friends is (supposedly) overcrowded and the animals are suffering because Dory Browning does not possess an ounce of empathy for the animals who have the bad luck to end up at True Friends.
posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-28 15:18:47