In 2021 the Ardmore Animal Shelter took in roughly 6,400 animals. While roughly 4,000 of them discovered new houses, the opposite 2,400 by no means left, inserting the euthanasia charge at over 37%.
In the hassle to save extra animals, the shelter will probably be making some modifications in 2022.
“Those numbers are higher than they’ve ever been, however they’re nonetheless not ok,” Executive Director Kasey Renteria stated. “So by the tip of the primary quarter we’ll have some new packages and insurance policies in place that can hopefully actually assist.”
One of those modifications will come within the type of a shelter collaborative program with the Utah-based nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society.
“They’re going to be serving to us out and giving us some concepts of issues which have labored at different shelters for us to implement right here,” Renteria stated. “They would love to see us with a stay launch charge of over 90%, and if we will meet that we’ll change into eligible to obtain extra grants. It’s actually an ideal alternative.”
One of the largest components in assembly this purpose would be the enlargement of the transport program through which animals from Ardmore are taken to different shelters throughout the nation that want canine and cats. Currently these animals are going to Illinois, Iowa and New York, however some will quickly be heading to North Dakota.
“We have 18 completely different rescues in North Dakota who’re keen to take animals from us weekly, however they want us to meet them midway,” Renteria stated. “We’re going to be buying a transport car to make that attainable, and we’re going to want a big cargo van that may transport at the least 30 to 50 animals to make it worthwhile. Vehicles are already a bit laborious to discover proper now — a lot much less one that giant — and have not had any luck but. But I’m hoping to get one or place an order for one inside just a few weeks.”
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Going hand in hand with the expanded transport program will probably be an expanded foster program that features grownup animals. Renteria stated many shelters both favor or require animals to have been residing in a house setting for at the least two weeks earlier than they’re transported, and the brand new foster program will open the doorways for a lot of new partnerships.
“Not solely does it unlock area right here, it additionally permits for the chance for extra services to pull these animals,” Renteria stated. “The two to 4 weeks the animal is in foster care are sort of an added assurance that they’re wholesome and have good temperaments.”
Another change coming has to do with shelter volunteers. Renteria stated the volunteer program was utterly shut down when COVID hit, and has probably not returned since. An sudden aspect impact to come from that is that the animals are actually more healthy than earlier than.
“We love our volunteers, and we love having them come out, however generally they are not very diligent when it comes to sanitation,” Renteria stated. “We’re going to be launching aa new volunteer program that is going to supply extra coaching and be extra particular within the duties they’ll do whereas they’re right here.”
Another change Renteria is hoping to make would be the building of two new isolation items, one for puppies with Parvo and one other for kittens with ringworms. The isolation items will permit the animals to heal and stop the final inhabitants from publicity.
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To assist pay for the van, gasoline for transportation, and the brand new isolation items, the shelter will probably be elevating its costs on January 3. This will take the adoption price for canine from $65 up to $70 and the price for cats from $45 to $50. The shelter can even start charging an proprietor relinquish charge of $35 for a person animal and $50 for a litter. It will stay free for stray animals present in Carter County to be dropped off.
“With us being the one shelter within the space, it has been troublesome,” Renteria stated. “We need to assist as many animals as attainable, however to pay for the entire modifications we want to make we’re going to have to enhance our costs just a bit bit. I believe the brand new costs are nonetheless fairly cheap for adoption contemplating the whole lot that comes with it, and so far as I do know, we have been one of many solely shelters that didn’t cost an proprietor relinquish charge.”