Remember the longtime animal shelter operator Miss Sadiqa Reynolds said was unfit and unqualified to operate Louisville Metro Animal Services?
Riiiight, about that:
Boone shelter leading regional no-kill efforts
Following the Great Shelters Conference, which was held in September in Blue Ash, local animal advocates formed the No-Kill Tri-State group. At the conference, local advocates heard from Nathan J. Winograd, founder of the No-Kill Advocacy Center, who spoke about achieving a no-kill community – a community that has animal save rates of 90 percent or better in its shelters – in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Winograd spoke about 11 programs and policies, called the “No-Kill Equation,” that need to be implemented in shelters in order to raise animal save rates and create a no-kill community. Aside from a compassionate director, shelters need to have a successful Trap, Neuter, Release program for free-living cats, as well as a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter program, and foster care and comprehensive adoption programs. They also need to work with rescue groups, focus on pet retention efforts, medical and behavioral rehabilitation, and progressive field services and proactive redemptions.
In addition, the “Equation” includes shelters working with volunteers and having good public relations and community involvement.
In Boone County, much of this has already been implemented – but some areas need to be improved, according to Reiter.
Reiter said while some of the verbiage of the no-kill policies and procedures can be a little confusing, especially for people outside of the animal control industry, it comes down to good public service.
“When you really look at the equation, it’s simply good public service,” she said. “It’s about serving both the people and animals in your community, and that’s what we’re here to do.”
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