What is Proactive Animal Sheltering?
It is our new and common sense approach to animal sheltering that is data-driven and focuses on spay/neuter to humanely reduce dog and cat overpopulation, homelessness and shelter/rescue intake. And the focus must be all three: owned pets, community cats and shelter/rescue animals. Without focusing our efforts on all three groups, we can never humanely and effectively address these issues.
We believe that euthanasia rate reduction alone is NOT an accurate reflection of a shelter’s effectiveness or of the success or failure of efforts by an individual shelter to promote spay/neuter, responsible pet ownership, public education, etc.
To Be True No-Kill,
You Must Be Open Admission!
Have you heard this before? Probably not! But It is TRUE! Here is why: We all know that cats far outnumber dogs everywhere. We are in a cat crisis.
Therefore, if a shelter takes in more dogs than cats, it is limiting cat intake in some way. Doing this means that we then have no way to determine how many cats would have been taken in and euthanized if admission had been open. When this happens, is the shelter really "no-kill"? There is no way to know. Open admission shelters intake all dogs or cats that are presented, which provides us with a "truer" picture!
Focuses on Spay/Neuter to Humanely Reduce Overpopulation and
It Must Be All Three!
Why call this Proactive Animal Sheltering?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "proactive" as acting in anticipation of future problems, needs or changes. This is what needs to happen in today's world of ever-increasing numbers of dogs and cats.
Shelters and rescues, with their limited resources including funding, are quickly entering crisis modes, if they aren't there already. They do all they can to help these homeless animals but find themselves turning to limited intake and transfers to deal with this. Covid has only worsened the issue.
That's where being Proactive comes in. Humanely reversing upward trends in intake, overpopulation and homeless dogs and cats will take all of us, not just a shelter or rescue. We need to act in advance of these increasing intake numbers and focus on doing something to reduce the number of animals that are being presented at our shelters and abandoneded on our streets. That will require a focus on spay and neuter. And that is what Proactive Animal Sheltering is about.
High-volume spay/neuter of owned pets, shelter and rescue animals and community cats will not change these trends immediately yet we want immediate results. We need to stay focused and dedicated to what we know is the end goal: reduce shelter/rescue intake and homeless companion animals humanely!
Focus on Spay & Neuter!
The mission of
Proactive Animal Sheltering
1. Focuses on
2. Understand and
3. Raise the status of cats
to be treated coequal
What Does This Mean?
- Focuses on spay/neuter to humanely reduce overpopulation of dogs and cats
-Expect transparency in shelter/rescue data (including financial information) because it is the only way to see how each community is doing in terms humanely controlling dog and cat populations. This is not an issue of shelters or rescues alone - it is a community issue and takes all of us working together to solve this.
-Many places have laws in place that cover dogs but too often cats are not part of the discussion. After decades of this focus, cats have been allowed to reproduce where dogs have been the focus of spay/neuter efforts. This has made cats the real issue in overpopulation. It's time we focus on spay/neuter of cats. We are here today because cats were not the focus of spay/neuter efforts despite the fact that they reproduce more often than dogs.
No-Kill includes BOTH dogs AND cats!