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Central Texas SPCA (Leander)


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The Central Texas SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is a private nonprofit 501(c)3 non-euthanasia (no-kill), limited intake animal shelter, established in 1988. We provide shelter, food, medical care, and adoption services for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats. These services are funded solely by private donations and adoption fees. We receive no government funding and are not contracted as animal control with any local municipality or county. We accept owner release animals in addition to rescuing from local "open-door" (kill) facilities on a space available basis.

At the Central Texas SPCA, we treat our shelter pets with the same love and care we give our own, and that means providing them regular medical and dental care, monthly heartworm and flea preventative and annual vaccinations. Our unique shelter provides a homelike environment that focuses on constantly improving our pets' mental and physical well being to ensure they remain highly adoptable and happy while waiting for their new, forever families to find them. You will not find stark metal kennels and harsh environments at the CTSPCA! Instead, you'll discover a clean, spacious, and comfortable environment. Our cats live in communal condos with poles, window ledges for lounging and catwalks to trot about their enclosures. The indoor kennels where our dogs sleep at night and stay indoors during inclement weather have warm beds to snuggle into and many toys for their enjoyment. The outdoor dog runs allow them to buddy up with their favorite canine companion, splash around in pools, toss about a ball or two, or just hang out in the shade of built-in cabanas. With supervision, shelter dogs enjoy the freedom of running off-lead individually over two fully fenced acres during the hours we are closed to the public. This attention to detail and extra effort makes the CTSPCA a happy way station on the path to Finding Forever Families (TM).


Address:
909 S. Bagdad Road
Leander, TX 78641
Phone: 512-260-SPCA (7722)
Feral Cat TNR Program
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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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Our first interaction wit the This SPCA was at a summer library event. The manager, Mike, brought a few dogs to the library and did a presentation about pet care. All of the kids in the audience were entertained, engaged, and educated. A few months later we stopped by the SPCA and ended up adopting. Mike took the time to talk to us about our family and pointed us to a certain dog. I overlooked this dog at first because he wasn't the cute puppy I was envisioning. However, Mike knew the dog's history and personality and he was spot on. He ended up being a perfect fit. The application process was thorough, which I liked. They call references and yout vet. My references were surprised at how many questions they were asked. The pets do not go to the first applicant, but to who they feel is the best fit. At other shelters I felt pressure to Make a rushed decision if we were interested in a pet because it's first come. If you don't select the pet that day he might be gone tomorrow. this isn't the case at the SPCA because they will take multiple applications for a pet. Another thing that impressed me about the SPCA is that they try to fill their shelter with adoptable pets. They seek out animals they know they will be able to adopt out so they can keep things moving and help as many animals as possible. They will not take dogs that exhibit certain negative traits. The SPCA also gave us loads of information and answered all of our questions about general care, training, and health care. It was a very positive experience.
posted by AmberWood, on 2017-08-04 01:24:53