Jan 06

Progressive Animal Sheltering Program

These 11 Steps are successfully being used by modern shelters nationwide to save upward of 90 % of their intake:

1. High-volume, low-cost spay/neuter programs to keep pet populations in check (especially for cats and certain breeds like pitbull-type dogs)

2. Rescue groups to increase adoptions, and transferring animals that need more intensive rehabilitation and care

3. Foster care, to extend shelter capacity and care for animals like young puppies and kittens that cannot be adequately cared for in a shelter environment

4. Comprehensive adoption programs, including open hours that are accessible and off-site adoptions, so animals are brought to the adopters

5. Pet retention efforts, working with the public to keep animals in their existing homes

6. Medical and behavior prevention and rehabilitation, to ensure that animals receive the help they need and don’t develop problems because they are in shelters

7. Public relations and community involvement, so the public can step up to the plate when truly needed

8. Volunteers to provide the needed workforce without compromising budgets

9. Proactive redemptions, to reunite as many stray animals as possible with their owners rather than incarcerating or euthanizing them

10. Trap-Neuter-Release of feral/free-roaming community cats — the only scientifically supported method for actually reducing cat populations

11. A compassionate director, who is essential to all of the other 10 steps

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