Shelters that are in the process of establishing a no kill status are aware that achieving this status is both a number which gives the percentage of animals that are saved and the policies that the shelter implements. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter has successfully implemented all of the policies that are listed in the No Kill equation. These policies include rescue partnerships with both local rescues and a recent agreement with a rescue in Pennsylvania. Local rescues such as Forget-Me-Not Rescue and Moonracer Rescue are important in finding forever homes for shelter animals. Honor Rescue Organization is also a participating rescue with the shelter. MCAS is also in the process of forming partnerships with other rescue organizations to find forever homes for animals that find themselves in the shelter.
The Manatee County Animal Services Shelter has recently implemented a successful transfer agreement with the Chesco SPCA in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The rescue organization has agreed to help with getting forever homes for adoptable animals from MCAS with transfer to their shelter in West Chester. Paw Print Hearts Animal Rescue serves as the transport to West Chester. A total of 16 dogs have been transferred to the SPCA in West Chester, and some have already been adopted. Transfer agreements must be carefully worded and organized to ensure the safety of the animals. The agreement with the Chesco SPCA has been successful in that the new director, Adam Lamb, has a special connection with the state of Florida. He is the former director of the SPCA in Seffner, Florida. He took the helm as director of the SPCA in West Chester in 2014. He has implemented several new programs that he learned about from the University of Florida. The animals in the Chester County SPCA have benefited from his implementation of new educational programs for the community such as Trap-Neuter-Spay and training for the dogs. The animals from the Manatee County Animal Services shelter will now benefit from this transfer agreement. Yogi, featured in the photo, is one of the transfers that has found his forever home in Pennsylvania. Yogi was a long-time resident of MCAS, and was one of the first to be transferred north when the agreement was implemented.
The topic of rescue in saving lives of homeless animals is of interest to everyone in all parts of the country. Elaine Hendrix, an award-winning actress and animal advocate, has launched her new project called The Pet Matchmaker, which will be of interest to rescue organizations and other animal advocates around the country. Free weekly podcasts will begin on February 17, 2015 and will feature news about rescues, the latest news about animal safety, and educational information for pet parents. The podcasts will welcome listener participation.
Each podcast will feature topics such as “Stages and Cages”, “Non-profit of the Week”, “Pet Rescue Rockstars,” and “All-star Animal Advocates.” Leaders of non-profit rescue organizations, veterinarians, trainers and behaviorists, and dog groomers will be featured and are invited to participate in the conversations. The first podcast is scheduled for February 17, and will feature Bill Crowe, Director of the Pet Care Foundation. February 24 will feature Nikki Carvey, Founder of Road Dogs and Rescue. March 3 will feature Randy Grim, Founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis.
One new episode will be released every Tuesday (ongoing) and is available for download at http://ThePetMatchmaker.com and/or http://sideshownetwork.tv/.
The Pet Matchmaker is a celebration of rescue, foster, and adoption programs for homeless pets. Elaine Hendrix has a mission to inspire everyone to get involved with their local rescues to save lives of homeless animals.
Local rescues in the Sarasota-Bradenton area are in need of fosters in order to continue to rescue adoptable animals from the Manatee County Animal Services shelter. Fostering or adopting from these rescues enables them to pull another animal to safety and get on the road to finding a forever home.