Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Pros and Cons of the Dog Sterilization Pill

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Is it possible that the solution to the overpopulation of companion animals could be found in a simple, low cost pill? 600 Million Stray Dogs Need Your Help believes it is not only possible, but very close to becoming a reality. An estimated 4 million animals are killed every year in shelters across the US.…

So Do You Really Think All Rescue is Good Rescue?

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by Susan Barrett on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 6:41pm (reprinted by request and with permission) Pictures don’t lie. Take the time to view each picture from Tom and Amber Adkins property of Reidsville NC and you decide which side of rescue you are on. These poor dogs were pulled from the Goldsboro Shelter in…

Shelters And Rescue Groups Unite

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In this new Adoption Center Model dogs and cats ready for adoption are showcased on the adoption floor in groups of 10-20 in each room. As we covered in the last post dogs and cats not ready for this communal living are sent out of the Adoption Center into rehab. As rehab progresses the animals…

People Want to Know

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I believe education and awareness is crucial to correcting this broken system. The media and other publicity is how we make people aware.  I believe that when people know the truth, they will do something about it. Getting the truth to everyone about the shelter system is so hard because it is not what people…

The Birth of Spay & Neuter Gaston County

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I always loved animals. For as long as I can remember, cats have been part of my life. My dad was always complaining that cats cost money to feed, etc. Being cheap, forget about spay/neuter and vet care (not even sure if we had a vet around back then), my dad always taught us to…

Training Fosters To Rehab

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In the last post we emphasized the importance of communal housing. Now it’s time to emphasize the importance of training fosters to deal with behavior issues. Shelters today are not set up to handle animals with behavior problems. In fact, as I’ve stated previously, prison-like shelters create many of these behavior issues with their solitary…

One Last Word On Animal Prisons

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I just had to take this last opportunity to really highlight how much we need to move away from caged sheltering. Today Nathan Winograd, No Kill Advocacy Center, published an article listing 10 steps to improving a shelter’s adoption efforts.  It is called Animal Sheltering 101: Turbocharging Your Adoption Program. The link to it is…

Communal Showrooms

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Before diving into the operational details of this new model, let’s take a moment to really emphasize an important point: this new model uses communal living quarters instead of individual cages. Gone is the prison-like environment. No cages, no kennel craziness, no more solitary confinement. Just showrooms filled with calm adoptable dogs and cats. Is…

The End of Animal Shelters

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Our journey into the future begins… Let’s paint a picture I wish I had a picture to show you but lacking that I will try to paint a picture in words for you.  Use your imagination to picture the following: Imagine a building with “Adoption Center” on the sign out front. Inside are large rooms…

How No Kill Failed This Dog – A True Story

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Before I get to the heart of this post, I want to clarify one thing straight away.  I am 100% in favor of the No Kill Movement and support it with every fibre of my being.  In saying that I am speaking ONLY for myself. I do not speak for every animal rescuer when I…