ICAWC 2013 - Sheltering vs Fostering - Maria Pinto Teixeira

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ICAWC 2013 - Sheltering vs Fostering - Maria Pinto Teixeira

  1. 1. ANIMAISDERUA Sheltering versus Fostering What is the best choice? Maria Pinto Teixeira Animais de Rua
  2. 2. ANIMAISDERUA Animal welfare in Portugal •Over 1 million stray and feral animals •100,000 cats and dogs killed in city pounds each year •Tens of thousands of abandoned and unwanted animals •114 municipal pounds •Over 100 official animal welfare organisations •National animal protection legislation since 1995
  3. 3. ANIMAISDERUA Animais de Rua •First feral colony in 2005 •Sterilised and treated over 12,000 animals •Public awareness, responsible ownership, education and lobbying campaigns
  4. 4. ANIMAISDERUA Animais de Rua •Partnerships with municipalities, institutions, local authorities and vets •Community engagement •Groups in Porto, Lisbon, Faro and Sintra •Rehome over 300 animals each year
  5. 5. ANIMAISDERUA How we rehome •Foster placement •Advertising •Questionnaires, interviews, home visits and assessments •Animals and owners matched
  6. 6. ANIMAISDERUA How we rehome •Sterilisation, vaccination, worming, flea treatment, microchipping, welcome pack •Access to range of pet ownership information •Adoption fee •Aftercare and support
  7. 7. ANIMAISDERUA How we manage the fostering network •Fosterer recruitment •Questionnaires, interviews, home visits and assessments •Guidelines and information •Constant support
  8. 8. ANIMAISDERUA How we manage the fostering network •Regular assessment of animal in foster environment •Provision of all supplies and support •Provision of veterinary care •Full network support
  9. 9. ANIMAISDERUA Advantages of adoption via fostering •Cheaper than a traditional shelter •Foster families are spread out •Fosterers are able to focus an individual animal’s needs •Accurate assessment of each animal •Fewer behavioral issues such as stress or anxiety. •Large network reduces the burden on any one person •Multiple opportunities for placement
  10. 10. ANIMAISDERUA Key considerations • Having a network of reliable fosterers • Having strict processes in place both for the fosterers themselves and for potential adopters • Having a support structure in place to deal with any problems • Ensuring that there is follow-up so that all animals are cared for once they are rehomed • Having partnerships with vets so that animals can receive the care they need at any point in the process
  11. 11. ANIMAISDERUA Thank you! Maria Pinto Teixeira mariapteixeira@animaisderua.org http://www.animaisderua.org/

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