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Dane County Friends of Ferals (Madison) Reviews


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4.7
A Compassionate Director 5 average
5 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:46:47
DCFOF's leadership is absolutely committed to the No Kill philosophy. They make it a point to stay up to date on the latest research and techniques of the No Kill movement, and use empirically-proven policies to maximize adoptions and minimize the need for cats to enter shelters.
Proactive Redemptions 4 average
4 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:42:51
DCFOF microchips every cat they adopt out and keeps records for every adopter, so that any cat that reenters the program by mistake can be placed back at their adoptive home.
Volunteers 5 average
5 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:40:25
DCFOF has a dedicated, hard-working army of volunteers, including fosters, shelter caretakers, adoption counselors, veterinary personnel, TNR volunteers, and outreach personnel.
Public Relations/Community Involvement 4 average
4 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:37:10
DCFOF uses its partners in the community to increase their exposure. They utilize social media to attract adopters and recruit volunteers, and often send a representative to public meetings on animal control.
Medical and Behavior Programs 5 average
5 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:33:05
DCFOF has a robust cleaning, handling, and socialization protocol for its volunteers to minimize the spread of illness between sick and healthy cats. All animals are vaccinated as soon as they are deemed able to be by the in-house veterinarian. Unweaned kittens are placed with a dedicated kitten foster parent. Fearful cats are placed in a quiet foster home as soon as possible to try and alleviate behavioral problems. DCFOF never euthanizes healthy cats for behavioral problems; instead, difficult-to-place cats are often placed at rural homes with need for mousers, where they can live in safety without the stress of human interaction.
Pet Retention 4 average
4 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:26:09
DCFOF always tries to work with the adopters in case of any problems, but will also take the animal back in case of irreconcilable differences. The in-house veterinarian is a good source of advice.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 5 average
5 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:23:13
DCFOF has a public adoption fair once a week, which they heavily promote on social media. Fosters at pet supply stores and veterinarian offices are high-profile ambassadors for the organization, and often get adopted within a few days of being placed in foster care. DCFOF also will work with potential adopters, setting up meeting times that are most convenient for the adopter. Their website showcases all adoptable animals, and they will often make social media posts for cats that have been in the program for awhile.
Foster Care 5 average
5 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:18:26
DCFOF has a large group of dedicated fosters, including a number of pet supply stores and veterinarians in the community. As a former foster parent for them, I was given all the resources I needed to care for my fosters, including food, scratching posts, and in-house veterinary care, and I was able to take only the number of fosters I was comfortable with.
Rescue Groups 5 average
5 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:15:29
DCFOF interacts regularly with other area shelters to take in cats that may not have had space otherwise, and they work quickly with their large network of fosters to place cats in their shelter so as to have room for more cats.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 5 average
5 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:13:14
DCFOF's Spay Days are a marvel to observe! They are able to combine assembly-line efficiency with individualized care for every cat.
Feral Cat TNR Program 5 average
5 posted by JenniferKnack, on 2016-07-10 17:11:47
DCFOF takes great pride in their TNR program. They are always willing to help members of the public with trapping community cats for sterilization.
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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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