I’m again pleased with a successful live release rate in April. We reached over 90 percent for the third month this year. There is always more work to do, and we’re continuing to move forward.
On April 13, we had another successful adoption event, with several businesses in the community stepping up to cover license fees so that the Animal Resource Center could offer free adoptions. We even had some adopters share their stories from the Spring Fling adoption event with us on our Facebook page. We really love being able to share those success stories.
Our management team has finalized our new contracts for fostering and foster-to-adopt. We’re excited to be able to get those programs off the ground and get more of our animals out of the shelter, either in a permanent or temporary home.
As some of you may have seen, we will no longer house or admit cats at our shelter. I know that some of you have expressed concern about this change, so I want to offer clarification on why we made this decision. First, our shelter was not set up to handle a large number of cats, so our accommodations are less than ideal. Most importantly, cats often experienced negative outcomes at the shelter, such as contracting diseases and developing behavioral issues due to the stress of the environment.
Finding alternatives for cats outside the shelter is part of our effort to direct all animals in our community to the right place with the right resources, which will ensure they have better outcomes. We will continue to serve the community by providing education and helping owners rehome their pet. We’ll also direct people to our partner agencies – SICSA Pet Adoption Center and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
I hope this helps underscore why we made this decision. We will continue to keep the community and our animal welfare advocates updated whenever we make policy changes.
Thank you for all each and every one of you do to serve our community’s pets!
Animal Resource Center
|April 2019 statistics||May 7, 2019 progress report|