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Washington Humane Society


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* We offer free TNR services (surgery, vaccination, flea treatment) to any feral cat in DC and we offer this service at a very low cost to feral cats outside the District;

* We work with a network of rescue groups for all kinds of animals, although most frequently for dogs and cats (we’ve started hosting “rescue brunches” to invite rescue groups in who we don’t already work with to see how we may be able to work together);

* We are working on a longer-distance transport program (sent our first group of dogs to New Hampshire in June!);

* We have active foster networks for both dogs and cats, and have recently started approaching businesses about fostering cats in their location to provide additional exposure for cats and grow our available foster homes;

* We have a behavior department who works with our animals who are having problems behaviorally. We treat as many medical conditions as possible (we have a fund just for serious medical issues), and treat things like heartworm as a matter of routine (I’d be interested in learning where something was posted about kittens and urinary tract infections – that is not something we really see in kittens – we do very commonly see upper respiratory infections and we treat kittens for that);

* We have an active volunteer program that helps in our shelters as well as at our events. We work to reunite lost pets with their families, and are working increase our “return to owner” in the field, so that lost animals can be reunited with their family without ever coming to the shelter. We have an active outreach program to educate children and adults on proper care of animals – trying to keep more animals in their homes by teaching people what they need to do to take care of their own pets, and what to do when they see an animal in need;

* We have an active social media network and are always looking to grow that. Our current campaign involves a “word of the day” – the word is given out via Facebook and Twitter each day. Whomever comes in with the word of the day receives 50% off their adoption fee (adopters get a deal, and we get another follower via social media) and we are working with local businesses to have them share this effort with their Facebook supporters so that we can grow our list.

* We routinely run adoption promotions (right now, in addition to the word of the day, we are offering fee-waived adoptions on all pit bull type dogs and 50% off adoption fees every day the temperature reaches 100 degrees). We also offer discounted adoptions in our “seniors for seniors” type program, and we work with Pets for Patriots (a program designed to promote adoption to service members). Recent shelter-wide promotions include fee-waived cat adoptions for the month of June, a “Brindle is the New Black” promotion that reduced fees on brindle-colored dogs when our kennel had many brindle-colored dogs who weren’t getting attention, and free training sessions with some of our dogs who have been with us the longest.


Address:
7319 Georgia Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20012
Tel:+1-202BEHUMANE (202-234-8626)
Feral Cat TNR Program
0
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
5
Rescue Groups
0
Foster Care
5
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
4
Pet Retention
0
Medical and Behavior Programs
0
Public Relations/Community Involvement
0
Volunteers
5
Proactive Redemptions
4
A Compassionate Director
0
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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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