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South Pacific County Humane Society Reviews


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A Compassionate Director 5 average
5 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 15:01:59
The shelter's second director was with the agency for more than a decade. The third director recently left after 2 years and a replacement is being sought. The Board is rigorous in its standards and works hard to attract and maintain strong leadership.
Proactive Redemptions 5 average
5 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 15:00:11
This rescue does everything humanly possible to reconnect lost pets and their owners. Utilizing an extensive online network, flyers, and small town word-of-mouth, a large number of lost animals are reunited with their families.
Volunteers 4 average
4 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 14:56:47
Volunteers are essential to the existence of SPCHS. The full-time operation runs on just over 2 FTEs comprised of a full-time manager and multiple support staff working minimal hours. All the rest of the shelter functions, on-site and administrative, are managed by volunteers.
Public Relations/Community Involvement 5 average
5 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 14:53:56
The shelter has a strong presence in the community through a weekly column in the newspaper, distribution of flyers and a variety of events. A robust website and facebook presence are active, as well as a broadcast email group. The shelter's community extends far beyond its geographic designation.
Medical and Behavior Programs 4 average
4 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 14:51:54
The shelter is rigorous in its cleaning, handling and socialization practices and policies. Medications are given on arrival for issues that could affect the population, and at adoption or return to family for the benefit of the pet. The shelter also works with local veterinarians to ensure the best in preventive care and procedures. Behavior rehab is a weakness and so it is unable to take potentially aggressive dogs at this time.
Pet Retention 5 average
5 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 14:49:09
The shelter has a culture of helping people keep their animals first, taking them into shelter only if absolutely necessary. There is a food bank program at the shelter and any food overages are donated to area (human) food banks for distribution.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 5 average
5 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 14:46:30
Full-time population of the Shelter's influence is only about 12,000 people yet 600-650 pets are adopted annually. This is attributed to the number of people who visit the shelter while on vacation and adopt, and to low adoption rates attracting adopters from neighboring areas.
Foster Care 5 average
5 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 14:44:52
It is rare that the shelter has a special needs pet without a foster home to take care of it.
Rescue Groups 5 average
5 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 14:44:16
Spay/Neuter has been successful in reducing stray dog population, allowing for intake of dogs from kill rescues. Cat population occasionally greater than the shelter can handle; Strong foster network and support to those who bring in strays when the rescue can't take them.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 4 average
4 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 14:41:52
High commitment; vouchers available as funds allow, which is typically greater than the request for vouchers.
Feral Cat TNR Program 5 average
5 posted by KeleighSchwartz, on 2013-10-06 14:40:52
Humane traps available to check out; low and no-cost spay/neuter & release.
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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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