Tradition Animal Welfare
Progressive Animal Welfare

Traditional Shelter Programs

Progressive Animal Welfare Programs

Open Admission Policy Limited admission policy with transfers from animal control
Nonprofit animal welfare agencies assume government animal control contract Renounce animal control contracts -- Changes mission to more proactive activity
License programs that use visual tags as primary identification, microchips as optional. (As a mean of returning lost dogs home this program is a failure.) License programs that use microchips as primary identification and visual tags as secondary identification
Only 14% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats are return to owner nationally Use microchips as primary system to increase RTO rate and reduce stress on shelter capacity. Goal 50% RTO
No "bad owner" tracability Microchips used to foster responsible animal ownership
Annual license fee Free lifetime license upon proof of microchip and s/n
No feral cat trap/vaccinate/alter/release programs Coordinated aggressive community-wide TVAR programs
Spay/neuter deposit then refund upon compliance All animals spay/neutered prior to adoption release
A few mobile spay/neuter programs Every county has a Mobile spay/neuter class A or C van and services low income areas ONLY
Dog Training Classes that cost $50 to $200 Community Wide (Low Cost, $10 to $20) Dog Training Program or training vouchers
No Pre-Adoption Testing Test future adopters for pet care knowledge and bonding potential (Offer low-cost remedial training)
Sporadic Low Cost Spay/Neuter Vouchers County government sponsored spay/neutered vouchers
Low Demand for Dogs and Cats Over 1 year of age Change image of adult dogs and cats with cable excess TV show, obedience fun match, etc.
No spay/neuter in low income areas Target low income areas with mobile s/n vans
Individual 4 x 6 dog kennels Larger group kennels which house 4 to 6 dogs (reduces kennel stress)
Small cat cages Open cat rooms with isolation period to guard against disease
Low volume animal control adoptions Free transfer of animals to animal welfare organizations
Limited funds and staff for ac adoption and lost pet programs Humane organizations handle adoptions and lost/found program in animal control facility
Limited lost and found programs Computerized, networked countywide alerts w/ pictures
No sliding scale for low-income fees and fines Reduced fines for low income animal ordinance violations
No program for people who feed feral free-roaming cats Government sponsored reduced-rate vouchers
No breed club certification Certify according to breed club standard and kennel inspection
No animal shelter referrals to pure bred breeders Everyone in community coalition refer to certified breeders
No central pet acquisition place Coalition sponsored pet adoption referral agency (in mall or downtown storefront) Alternative to classified ads in paper. Have opportunity to educate and direct to responsible source.
Nonprofit animal welfare organizations that house animal's, keep them for about 7 to 10 days and then kill them for space. Animal welfare organizations that uphold the humane ethic and keep an animal until it is adopted. Configuring their shelter to reduce animal stress.
5% of nonprofit budget spent on proactive programs 40% of budget spent on proactive programs
Wait for adopters to come in door. Aggressive marketing of animals.
Animals displayed for adoption in kennels and cages (sometimes noisy, dark and smelly) Adopters left on their own. Positive showcase for all animals up for adoption (clean, free of smells, minimum barking, well lit with play toys and colorful, descriptive signage)
Less than 5% of ac budget spent on proactive programs Government funding for spay/neuter and microchip programs.
Anti-breeding ordinances with heavy fines and fees No disincentive anti-breeding ordinances that produce heavy fee and fines
Very little health care and rehabilitation programs for sick animals. Develop fund for the health care treatment and rehab of indigent animals.
Isolated activity between organizations Community coalitions
No regional goals Regional goals to reduce impoundment, euthanasia and increase spay/neuter rates especially in low income areas
No scientific study of regional pet demographics Survey and study the problem.
Undefined veterinarian participation Survey veterinarians for early age and low cost spay/neuter and training programs. Offer recognition and appreciation rewards. Free advertisements.
Low per capita funding for animal control (less than $2) Funding of at least $5 to $6 per capita
No city official lobby efforts to increase animal program funding. Create coalition and direct lobby efforts at local government officials who control budgets.
Humane education directed at children in classrooms Humane education (low-cost) directed at adult pet owners before they get a pet, during the first year of ownership and crisis intervention.
Teachers curriculum on animal welfare topics.
No rental assistance programs for people with pets Rental assistance and referrals for people with pets (insurance)