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A Compassionate Director 1 average
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Proactive Redemptions 1 average
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Volunteers 1 average
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Public Relations/Community Involvement 1 average
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Medical and Behavior Programs 1 average
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Pet Retention 1 average
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs 1 average
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Foster Care 1 average
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Rescue Groups 1 average
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 1 average
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Feral Cat TNR Program 1 average
1 posted by (empty name), on 2014-10-15 23:46:19
Interesting to know what is the twisted definition of feral because it isn't any that I am familiar with. I do not live in Austin but when I came home today someone who claims to "work with" the shelters in Austin was in my garage. She has claimed before to take animals from this area to austin for adoption. Our family had given her a cat several years ago that she coveted for her granddaughter. From our conversation I will sum up: 1. she wants my kittens because the shelter needs them, because people call wanting to adopt kittens and the shelter does not have any; 2. she has been putting food out down the street and luring my cats to travel there, so that she can call them feral; 3. although I have several petsmart purchased cat houses in the garage area, she is claiming that the cats have no shelter; 4. she INSISTED that I pick up my lactating mother cat because she was sure she saw testicles on it so she know it wasn't fixed thus I could not possibly care for my cats; 5. she made several strong remarks that I took as threats about how her and her group had just worked with police about charging someone not far from where I live with because the dog was "underfed." ( i hav a dog and it is well fed on blue buffalo). yes, I want to take out a restraining order to keep her away from us. Is this really representative of your organization and its needs. My cats had their needs met...now they are wandering the neighborhood lured by food put out to lure them to prove they are feral so you can take a few kittens for adoption fees?? Really?? Oh, and she plans to continue to stalk our home, so she can take those pictures you need for posting for adoptions. Because, as she makes so clear, Austin no-kill needs her help. I wish I had the guts to ask you to call her off, but from her I get the understanding that if I try to attempt to keep what was mine, she'll get her "group" to come after my dog too.
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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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