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, putting the euthanasia fee at over 37%.
In the hassle to save extra animals, the shelter might be making some adjustments 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 applications and insurance policies in place that may hopefully actually assist.”
One of those adjustments will come in 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 dwell launch fee of over 90%, and if we are able to meet that we’ll develop into eligible to obtain extra grants. It’s actually an awesome alternative.”
One of the largest elements in assembly this aim would be the growth of the transport program in 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 prepared 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 doable, 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 enormous — 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 might be an expanded foster program that features grownup animals. Renteria stated many shelters both want or require animals to have been dwelling 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 unencumber area right here, it additionally permits for the chance for extra amenities to pull these animals,” Renteria stated. “The two to 4 weeks the animal is in foster care are form 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 not likely returned since. An sudden facet 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 don’t seem to be 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 in the duties they will do whereas they’re right here.”
Another change Renteria is hoping to make would be the building of two new isolation models, one for puppies with Parvo and one other for kittens with ringworms. The isolation models will enable the animals to heal and stop the overall inhabitants from publicity.
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To assist pay for the van, gasoline for transportation, and the brand new isolation models, the shelter might be elevating its costs on January 3. This will take the adoption value for canine from $65 up to $70 and the price for cats from $45 to $50. The shelter may also start charging an proprietor relinquish charge of $35 for a person animal and $50 for a litter. It will stay free for stray animals discovered in Carter County to be dropped off.
“With us being the one shelter in the world, it has been tough,” Renteria stated. “We need to assist as many animals as doable, however to pay for all the adjustments we’d like to make we’re going to have to improve our costs just a bit bit. I feel the brand new costs are nonetheless fairly affordable 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.”
This article initially appeared on The Daily Ardmoreite: Expanded foster program, partnerships coming to Ardmore Animal Shelter