Introduction Shelters receive an exemption from taxes because they are charities. So why do ALL shelters act as businesses? Can you imagine asking a family to pay for their groceries at a food shelf? Or passing the hat down the line at a soup kitchen? What if we made homeless
Let’s quickly review what we’ve covered so far: Communal Housing Shelter animals need to be housed “socially” while they await adoption. To do otherwise is to fight nature. Imprisoning cats and dogs in individual cages creates behaviors which add to any existing behavior problems. This makes it even harder for
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.
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
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.
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
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
A small step forward As I wrote in my last post: Both movements, No-Kill Equation (NKE) and No More Homeless Pets (NMHP), offer fine improvements and both need to be supported in lieu of a better model. They are certainly better than what exists today. They are a step in
It absolutely does not work! In the words of Scotlund Haisley, former director of the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL.org), As shelters, we’re working against our mission by housing animals in this environment that breeds anxiety, frustration, depression and aggression. We can no longer accept the traditional way of sheltering
No-Kill sheltering, a small step forward As I wrote in my last post, the greatest roadblock to improving shelters is secrecy. This secrecy is the product of a defensive shelter director. Symptoms are easy to spot: look for confidentiality agreements, fear of media coverage, anger at dissenters and an “us