25 April 2014
Increasing Shelter Pet Adoptions
Each year, 3-4 million still die in animal shelters. Yet, 17 million people will add a new pet to their family. People often feel defeated that it’s an “overpopulation” issue and sad that the beautiful, adoptable shelter pets must die. Far too long, we’ve accepted the myth that there is nothing that can be done. But as we’ve seen in the last decade, communities are discovering the no kill initiative and transforming their communities to saving 90% or more of the pets in their care. Instead of being killed, these beautiful pets are being adopted to live out their lives with love!
In the last five years, since I launched Pawsitively Texas, I’ve seen first hand people fall in love with and adopt dogs and cats from shelters – when it was not their first choice. Not because they think there’s something wrong with shelter pets, but because they did not know about them. That’s a marketing problem that is very solvable!
Does your local animal shelter have a high kill rate? Do you wish someone would change that? Have you ever wondered what you can do to make a difference?
Volunteering at your local animal shelter:
There are so many ways you can help! Local animal shelters often need help taking photos of the pets and posting to the shelter database system, online to popular social media sites, emailing to local rescue groups, even socializing and exercising the pets to help keep them happy and healthy! Animal shelters can also be understaffed and underfunded; if we can have volunteer fire departments, why not volunteer animal shelter adoption & rescue teams?
Animal rescue volunteers
Local rescues need fosters, volunteers, and fundraisers. They also need pet transporters that can pick up the pets from the shelter and get them to the vet, then on to their foster home. They need help photographing the pets, sharing them, organizing and helping with off-site pet adoption events and more. If you prefer to work in the background, they often need help with accounting, updating their website, and other clerical needs. No matter your talent or expertise level, there’s a life-saving spot for you!
Presenting no kill shelter reform request at city council meetings
Every community has public council meetings where citizens can present requests and ideas for change. In the following video, Austinite, Ryan Clinton prepared a 3-minute presentation. At the time, Austin, Texas was killing 15 thousand pets annually. They are now the nation’s largest no kill shelter and community. This 3-minute presentation was a catalyst for change. One person can make a difference! And you can get ideas for what to present from this inspiring video.
The Difference the Right Shelter Director Can Make
At one time, the Seagoville, Texas shelter was like so many in Texas and across the U.S. The City saw the Animal Shelter as “animal control”, and with no shelter marketing (which is located in a somewhat hard to find location), they had a very high kill rate. But when the shelter was placed under the police department, the Chief made the smartest decision ever. He assigned responsibility to “the animal lover” on the police force, Sgt. Bailey. Seriously! That’s how the shelter responsibility was assigned to Sgt. Bailey! In this short video, see how a compassionate police sergeant, with no shelter experience, transformed his shelter to no kill! Now the Seagoville is hailed as an exemplary shelter across the U.S. because a shelter director was determined not to kill the pets in his care and sought solutions to save them!
Two More Inspiring No Kill Articles
The Homeless Pet Project
Coming Soon! The Homeless Pet Project is a resource website that features videos with expert no kill leaders and strategies to implement in building a no kill shelter and community. Please check it out and share this link; if you register, you’ll receive an email (never spam) when the site launches: http://HomelessPetProject.com
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