Animal Shelters Honored for Best Practices

The American Humane Association (AHA) recognizes nine organizations for innovative programs that help reduce euthanasia of homeless pets.

Posted: December 8, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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A number of animal shelters were recognized as maknig advancements in ending the use of euthanasia
Animal shelters were recognized for programs that reduce the number of animals euthanized each year.
Nine animal shelters received recognition for innovative programs that have “made a measurable impact on euthanasia in their communities by reducing pet overpopulation and/or increasing the number of animals adopted.” The AHA honored these groups in response to its national initiative, “Getting to Zero: Ending Euthanasia of Healthy and Treatable Animals.”

At its annual conference in September, the AHA invited shelters to share their best practices for reducing the number of animals euthanized. Animal welfare groups submitted dozens of ideas, and the AHA recognized those programs that can help make the goal of “getting to zero” a reality.

“One of our highest priorities is the reduction and eventual elimination of euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats,” said Marie Belew Wheatley, AHA president and CEO. “… The millions of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats euthanized each year remains an unconscionable situation that must be corrected.”

The shelters recognized for their successful programs in adoption, foster care, spay/neuter, training and transfer, and education include:

  • Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder, Colo.
  • San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, San Diego
  • Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP), San Francisco
  • Tompkins County SPCA, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic, Asheville, N.C.
  • Solutions to Overpopulation of Pets, Concord, N.H.
  • PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’, Phoenix
  • Santa Ana Police Department Animal Services, Pet Amigos Program, Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Peterson Express Transport Service (PETS, LLC), Cookeville, Tenn.

For more information about the AHA’s “Getting to Zero” initiative, visit the AHA website.

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Susie    Glendive, MT

3/8/2009 12:07:40 PM

More shelters should follow their example. We got our two kittens from a shelter that was outside. There were 5 kittens in each cage. And the dogs were outside too, with a concrete barrier between the dogs and the cats, concrete on the top, but nothing on the outsides to keep the bad weather from affecting them. It was so sad, but I know that they do the best they can with what money they have.

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