No-Kill FAQ

 

  1. Q) If we are an open admissions shelter, where will we house the animals when at full capacity?
    1. A) There are a many ways to address animal capacity. Our plan at this point in time is the following:
      1. Significantly increase our foster program.  Having a large network of foster families will serve many purposes.  It not only benefits us with capacity but it tremendously improves the quality of life for the animals.
      2. Enhanced cooperation with other rescue groups locally, regionally and even nationally. We have already started working toward this goal, which has played a significant role in reducing our numbers over the past two months.
      3. Adding and remodeling our facilities to increase our capacity to house more animals in times of peak demand (typically late spring, summer and fall).
      4. Exploring a barn cat program on site to build out space to house animals and work with local farmers to rehome these animals.
      5. Growing our volunteer pool to assist us with a wide variety of functions to keep our labor costs as low as possible and to make our animals as adoptable as possible.
      6. Working with animals with behavioral issues.  This includes hiring animal behaviorists to work with animals with negative behaviors to assist them in becoming adoptable and safe for the community.
      7. Enhance our Community Outreach and Education programs to better educate the community on how to reduce the population of unwanted animals.  In many cases, the public does not understand the impact of not neutering their animals, allowing fertile cats to roam freely, buying a pet from pet stores, puppy mills, etc.
  2.  Q) As a no-kill shelter, will we ever turn away any animals?
    1. A) No we won’t.
  3. Q) When will you reach a no-kill status?
    1. A) We have already begun to move in this direction however, it will take time and support from the community. Our goal is to become no-kill at some time in 2019 but we could achieve this goal faster with more helping hands and donations. If you are interested in helping financially, becoming a foster parent or volunteering, we can use your help!  Whether your time, your talent or your treasure, we need your help to make this happen.
  4. Q) Does a no-kill shelter mean you will never euthanize any animals?
    1. A) To be considered a no-kill shelter, the live release rate must be 90% or greater. Unfortunately, there will be cases where we will have to euthanize animals such as when an animal is suffering severely and for very extreme behavioral issues.