Have you found yourself wanting to help your local animal shelter by raising adoption rates or improving the level of care the animals receive, but could never figure out where to start or what you should do to make the most impact? Working to bring about a noticeable change in policies, especially if your initial goals are very ambitious, is never easy, but when a determined group of people get together, they can make history.
This book was written to help you make a difference in your own community. You will get a good overview of the past, present, and potential future of animal shelters across the nation, as well as some inspiration in the form of success stories—organizations and people who have done great things and who likely started out just like you. From there, we'll cover what simple things you and your organization can do to build public interest and assistance for helping shelter animals without leaving your budget in shambles.
The road to making real and lasting changes in a system that has been in need of it for so long comes with many challenges, but with the right knowledge, the right people, and the perseverance to keep going even with things look rough, you can be part of the solution. Seeing the rise in adoption rates and the improved care of the animals at your local shelter is an indescribable feeling. This book gives you the tools you need to make it a reality for your community.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements
Foreword by Deborah Stone Hess
Chapter 1: A Brief History of Pet Shelters in the United States
Chapter 2: What Can Be Improved About Pet Shelters Today
Chapter 3: The Process of Modern Pet Shelter Adoption
Chapter 4: How Communities Have Improved Pet Shelter Adoptions
Chapter 5: How You Can Help Improve Pet Shelter Adoption in Your Local Area
Chapter 6: Conclusion
Appendix A: 101 Ways to Make a Difference: A Hero's Tactic List
Appendix B: Sample Strategic Goals for Volunteer Supporters of a Local Animal Shelter