What are the Solutions to the Shelter Crisis?
How can we help the shelter system work better? There are many people working on helping shelters operate better.
There’s the No Kill Advocacy Center, whose solution involves hiring compassionate shelter directors who are
committed to implementing ideas that have worked all over the country to reduce the number of shelter deaths.
evening – employed people aren’t available to come see adoptable animals during the workday.
Implement a foster care program to reduce the number of kittens and puppies who are killed. Send the little ones
out to foster families so they can grow up to be adoptable pets.
Other ideas include partnering with local pet stores to stop selling purebred dogs from breeders and instead
feature shelter pets ready for adoption. The stores make money, a percentage goes to the shelters, and the animals
find homes. It’s a win for everyone.
Another idea is to do outreach programs where the shelter takes adoptable pets to places like PetSmart and
Petco for adoption events. The shelters that have implemented these techniques have low kill rates.
But according to Ted’s research, many, many more shelters need to adopt these ideas.
More Ideas to Aid in Adopting Pets
implemented these techniques
Maddie’s Fund, helps shelters and animal welfare organizations that are trying to reduce the kill rate.
Maddie’s Fund sponsors a massive ad campaign, The Shelter Pet Project, to convince prospective pet
owners to adopt a shelter animal.
According to Nathan Winograd, the head of the No Kill Advocacy Center, out of 3,500 shelters across the country,
only about 200 have become no-kill, meaning 90 percent of the dogs and cats who come into the shelter are adopted,
fostered, or find other suitable living arrangements.
We are working on the problem of homeless pets. In my opinion, it boils down to how committed and passionate each
shelter is to becoming a no-kill facility.
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