Sgt. Bailey, the little shelter that could and did


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  • This is an amazing story of what can be done when one person has the will and convinces the rest to do the right thing. Many thanks for sharing this.

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Sgt. Bailey, the little shelter that could and did

  1. 1. Title
  2. 2. A Little History • Prior to January 10th , 2011 • Operated by Code Enforcement • 1 Animal Control Officer, 1 Part Time Shelter Attendant • Euthanizing up to 70 animals per month
  3. 3. A Little History • April 2010 Chief Pat Stallings tells me Police Department will take over Shelter Operations • Chief tells me he wants me to oversee Operations • My conditions: – Must be No Kill – Build a new shelter
  4. 4. A Little History • Research – Shelter Operations and Management – The No Kill Movement – Local Humane Organizations (SPCA of Texas) – Local Rescue Organizations – Grant Opportunities – Shelter Management Software
  5. 5. A Little History • December 2010, I was informed we would take over operations on January 10th , 2011 • Officer Brenda Stevens assigned as Shelter Manager • I am sent to Animal Control Officer School
  6. 6. January 10th , 2011
  7. 7. Our First Day • The gas chamber was shut down for good and used for food storage • Took inventory and made a needs list • Organized • Rearranged • Began work on new procedures • Operating Budget - $27, 900
  8. 8. Shelter-Led Reformation • Steps to becoming a No Kill shelter – City Administration MUST be on board • Explain what being No Kill means • Introduce them to the No Kill Movement • Make sure they know what to expect • Tell them this is a “one-way street”
  9. 9. Shelter-Led Reformation • Get your shelter management and staff on board – Let them know what to expect • Larger populations • Organizing with Rescues and Fosters • Working with volunteers • Strain on resources • Importance of new procedures
  10. 10. Networking • Find local rescue organizations – Breed specific – Non-Breed Specific – Special Needs • Find local humane organizations – SPCA – Humane Society • Establish social networking – Facebook page – Website (with Petfinder integration) – Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
  11. 11. Donations • Make sure your city has a donation account set up just for the shelter • Publish a needs list on your city website and through your local newspaper • Create an wishlist for needed items • Contact local businesses that carry things you may need for donations
  12. 12. Veterinarians and Vendors • Find a veterinarian who is willing to work with a shelter, that can provide discounts on services, and has the capacity to handle shelter emergencies. • Find a Pharmaceutical Company that has the ability to provide wholesale pricing/discounts for shelters on vaccines and medications. • Software – Intake database (like PetPoint) that allows you the ability to track intakes/outcomes, etc. • Microchips (very important) – Microchips are the best solution for owner returns
  13. 13. Volunteer Program Volunteers are a must for any shelter •Organize a non-profit 501(c)(3) •Start with a small, core group of volunteers •Every volunteer has a unique talent that can be utilized in the shelter environment •Use your volunteers: – At the shelter (cleaning/walking/animal interaction) – To host adoption events (off-site and at the shelter) – To host fundraisers throughout the year – For recruiting other volunteers
  14. 14. Foster Program Fosters … a great asset to a shelter •Create a Foster Application and Guidelines •Conduct background checks and home visits on all potential fosters •Explain the Foster Philosophy •Keep track of your fostered animals •Make sure your fostered animals are getting exposure to potential adopters by having them attend off-site adoption events.
  15. 15. Adoption Events Adoption Events are critical to keeping your daily population numbers down •Host weekly events at several locations – Onsite • Open the shelter on weekends – Off-site • Petco, Petsmart, Walgreens, Tractor Supply • High traffic areas • Non-traditional locations – Grocery stores – Dog friendly stores and parks
  16. 16. Off-site Adoption Locations
  17. 17. Advertise • Newspapers • Television (news stories) • Local businesses • Businesses near your off-site locations • City website • Volunteer website • Social Media (Facebook/Twitter)
  18. 18. Facebook • How we use Facebook – Post photos and videos of adoptable animals – Post pleas for donations – Advertise Adoption Events – Happy Tails – Urgent needs animals – Update shelter populations – Post photos of new forever families – Post photos from forever homes Flyer of Adoptable Animal Event Flyer Urgent Need Forever home
  19. 19. Facebook • What Facebook does for us: – Over 6000 “Likes” – Connects us with Rescues, Animal Welfare, Vendors, Crossposters, Transporters and especially the public – Recruits new volunteers and fosters – Brings in more donations – Brings in people with helpful talents – Brings more adopters – Spreads the word, any word, and it’s FREE!
  20. 20. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS! no matter how large or small
  21. 21. Celebrating Successes • Adoptions, Resuces • Donations • Monthly and Annual Statistics • Completed Projects
  22. 22. Raise Money for Injured/Sick Animals • Post photos of the injury • Tell the story of how you came to have the animal • Put a donation link on your FB page • See if your veterinarian will allow donors to donate directly to the clinic • Post photos of the recovery progress • Post before and after photos
  23. 23. Penny’s Story Penny was thrown from a moving vehicle in front of a school bus that was unloading children in a neighborhood. When I picked her up she could not put weight on the back left leg. She did not whine, nip or appear to be in pain.
  24. 24. Trip to the Veterinarian Penny was taken to the Veterinarian This X-Ray shows the twist break on her left femur. It was broken into 3 pieces with a lot of bone debris
  25. 25. Surgery She was taken to surgery to repair the leg. She never complained, never showed any aggression from the time I picked her up through the entire ordeal
  26. 26. Post Surgery and Recovery We sent Penny to Seagoville High School Veterinary Assistant Program where they fostered her until she fully recovered
  27. 27. Penny’s Adoption Flier
  28. 28. Other Projects • Partner with your local High School – Seagoville H.S. Veterinary Assistant Program – High School kids need community service credit to graduate • TNR program • Low Cost Spay/Neuter/Vaccination Clinics • Solicit Sponsors for Spay/Neuter • • Partnerships
  29. 29. Seagoville High School Veterinary Assistant Students
  30. 30. Make your animals more Adoptable • Vaccinate your animals on intake • Fully Vetted Animals • Reduce Adoption Fees • Photograph the animals outside of kennels and cages • Dress up your animals at adoption events • Partner with local obedience trainers
  31. 31. Photographs Say So Much …
  32. 32. Photographs Say So Much …
  33. 33. Adoption Flyers
  34. 34. Happy Tail Photos
  35. 35. Adoption Event Photos
  36. 36. Adoption Update Photos (pets in their new homes)
  37. 37. The Awwwww Factor
  38. 38. The Little Shelter That Could Our First Year - 2011 • 568 Intakes • 327 Adoptions • 192 Rescues • 47 Owner Reclaims • 12 Animals Euthanized (Injury, Illness or Aggression) • 97.5% Live Release Rate
  39. 39. The Little Shelter That DID! Our Second Year – 2012 • Intakes - 792 (39% increase) • Adoptions - 549 (67% increase) • Rescues - 140 (27% decrease) • Owner Reclaims - 76 (42% increase) • Animals Euthanized (Injury, Illness or Aggression) 13 • 98.5% Live Release Rate
  40. 40. CELEBRATING 3 YEARS OF NO KILL! Through Adoptions, Rescues, Owner Returns and the TNR Program Over 2000 lives have been saved!
  41. 41. Make the impossible POSSIBLE