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Cat Network (West Allis)


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Adoptable Pets in Wisconsin
What does it mean to be a "no-kill" shelter?

Unlike many other organizations, we do not have time limits on adoptions, nor do we euthenize cats because they are old, feral or otherwise difficult to adopt. Instead, we try our best to rehabilitate and socialize these cats, who most often just need a reason to trust people again, or need a home environment that is better suited to their personalities. We will keep the cats at our shelter or find them foster homes if we can't find them a permanent family.

We have adopted cats out after having them at the shelter for years, and just last month adopted out April, a 12 year old cat, after 13 months with us. These second chances and the happiness they bring to the families that adopt them are the reason we know this is the right thing to do!

When you adopt a cat or kitten from us, you not only save the life of the one you adopt, but also the one who takes his place!


Address:
8121 W National Ave
West Allis, WI
[email protected]
voicemail system: 414-297-9674
Feral Cat TNR Program
3.7
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
3
Rescue Groups
5
Foster Care
5
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
5
Pet Retention
5
Medical and Behavior Programs
5
Public Relations/Community Involvement
4
Volunteers
4.5
Proactive Redemptions
5
A Compassionate Director
5
Adoptable Pets in Wisconsin
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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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When they closed the doors they wanted to kill 4 of my cats and I believe they already killed three before them. Lynette was quick to take my $1,000.00 donation and I thought they would have a chance to get a home. They were pettable ferals that the city was going to kill so my husband and I took them (and more)in we found homes for most but the last 7 we just couldn't find homes for. I thought I was doing the right thing for them but I was wrong. I played hell getting them back in the end, they really wanted to kill them. Most of the cats in that place were sick and did not get health care and if I pointed it out they got defensive......glad they no longer are there!!! Karma will get them!!!
posted by LindaBrodeskeReid, on 2017-08-27 15:29:35
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Lynette Weidner, director of the Cat Network, stole my cat Serena. Serena is a small black & brown tabby. She is an ex-TNR cat. She is microchipped in my name. Serena is missing most of her teeth- they could all be gone by now. Serena has UTI and needs to see a vet on a regular basis. She needs meds and special food to help her with this condition. Weidner agreed to foster her but then kept her. She claimed Serena died but refused to provide proof. Serena could have been adopted out or kept by one of the CN volunteers. She was taken in September 2013. If you know where she is or have related information, please email me at [email protected]
posted by (empty name), on 2017-01-16 17:48:47
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I'm thinking of volunteering. What reason would she have to steal your cat with all those other cats who need loving homes. I really do want to know the ethics of these non-profit, no-kill cat shelters. Maybe I'll start one of my own, because I hate to see all these cats on the street. It is not a pleasant life for humans or animals.
posted by (empty name), on 2017-07-13 18:48:39