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The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue (Kingsport) Reviews


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A Compassionate Director 3.7 average
5 posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:19:21
Most compassionate, caring person I know of in this East Tennessee community as far as animals go. All of their animals in their very small shelter are completely vetted, fed well, and walked several times a day. Several longer haired dogs visit the groomer once a month. She does not adopt animals outside of the East Tennessee area so she can keep in contact with the new owners and offers assistance if problems should arise. She has no time for stupid people that don't understand how small their facility is and why they can't take every dog or pregnant cat in. But they direct them to the government shelters for assistance. They believe in No Kill just like their name says and will spend all the money necessary to save one of their dogs they have taken in. Of course they worry about money, they have a huge responsibility. They get no government funding like the SBK shelters do and run strictly on donations.
5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:45:03
The Director of Bridge Home has saved animals for 40 years. She does this thru small donations but 90 % come right out of her pocketbook. Yes to the comment "wants donations" True since she is shucking out thousands of her own money to vet and pay double what you pay for a house payment to give the animals a safe warm/cold environment
1 posted by DanielBurnard, on 2014-03-07 14:11:32
Woman has a horrible attitude. Interested in donations only it seems.
Proactive Redemptions 5 average
5 posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:19:12
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5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:42:14
All found animals are posted in local newspapers and at Bridge Home unlike local Animal shelters.......they will live on and not be killed after the horrid 3-5 days
Volunteers 5 average
5 posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:19:07
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5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:41:00
They are few and far between. Several want to be paid. ..v o l u n t e e r......you cannot find young people of today who are dedicated and want to work for free
5 posted by Sarah, on 2013-07-31 01:52:20
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Public Relations/Community Involvement 3.7 average
5 posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:19:02
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5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:39:45
Public relations and marketing take money away from the animals
1 posted by DanielBurnard, on 2014-03-07 14:10:34
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Medical and Behavior Programs 5 average
5 posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:18:57
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5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:39:04
Tell that to the city and county
Pet Retention 3.7 average
5 posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:18:44
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5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:38:38
TheSouthern community has no such help other than Bridge Home who aids others in need.. Be it taking in the animals or giving a bag of food.
1 posted by DanielBurnard, on 2014-03-07 14:10:28
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Foster Care 4 average
5 posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:18:07
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5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:33:53
Our fosters are constantly gettin harrassed by the city and county goverment and their neighbors.
1 posted by DanielBurnard, on 2014-03-07 14:10:13
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5 posted by Sarah, on 2013-07-31 01:56:27
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 5 average
5 posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:17:22
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5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:31:09
spay neuter and vetting is provided by the director/ regardless of what is needed or how critical pets are taken to the vet and given the best care there and back at the kennel
Feral Cat TNR Program 3.7 average
5 posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:17:18
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5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:26:52
This rescue, will rescue, spay neuter and keep until home is found or forever.
1 posted by DanielBurnard, on 2014-03-07 14:09:29
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs 3 average
5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:37:15
People see shelter pets as something is wrong with them. Shelter dogs are not broken.......the human race is the broken piece of society. Most people will never witness a dog being killed or tortued and killed, drug by a car that never stopped, starved to death, or starved and dying as he little puppies lie beside her dying as well. Humans are why shelters are full and not spaying and neutering your animals has caused millions of animals to be drug down death row.
1 posted by DanielBurnard, on 2014-03-07 14:10:17
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Rescue Groups 3 average
5 posted by danasteel1966, on 2014-07-19 15:32:53
Yet shelters accross the South and even local deny rescue "dog too adoptable and they can make money on it" Rescue is there to save a dog or cat not make money
1 posted by DanielBurnard, on 2014-03-07 14:10:09
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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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