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Young-Williams close to achieving ‘no-kill’ status

More animals made it out of the Young-Williams Animal Center alive in 2017 than ever before.

Almost 1,300 Fewer Animals were euthanized last year than in 2016. That brings the shelter's current save rate to more than 84 percent.

That means 84 percent of the animals at the shelter are adopted, reclaimed or rescued instead of put down.

Barely a dozen cats and dogs call the center home right now. While that fluctuates, the emptiness is something the staff is proud to see.

"I've been here at times when it used to be, the hallways were jam packed with animals, to now almost none when you come in," said adoption specialist Kendrall McFarland. "It's a very happy feeling to see the shelter in this way.

Here are the statistics at Young-Williams for the past two years:

  • Intake
    • 2016: 10,858
    • 2017: 9,547
    • Change: 1,311 fewer animals in 2017
  • Reclaims
    • 2016: 1,382
    • 2017: 1,591
    • Change: 209 more reclaims in 2017
  • Adoptions
    • 2016: 5,679
    • 2017: 5,824
    • Change: 145 more adoptions in 2017
  • Rescues:
    • 2016: 253
    • 2017: 610
    • Change: 366 more animals saved by rescue groups
  • Euthanasia/died:
    • 2016: 3,196
    • 2017: 1,970
    • Change: 1,267 fewer animals were euthanized or died in 2017
  • Save rate:
    • 2016: 67.36%
    • 2017: 84.15%
    • Change: 16.79% more animals were saved from death in 2017

2016 STATS: Spay Shuttle helping lower euthanasia rates at Young-Williams

CEO Janet Testerman said the center knew it needed to set its goals high for 2017 to achieve those numbers.

Young-Williams built up its foster program to socialize more dogs, increased spay and neuter, and started offering more free adoption events.

"We are still vetting adopters, we are still asking those questions," said Testerman. "What we also know is that there's no value in paying an adoption fee for an animal and the ability for someone to be a good pet owner."

Testerman said the biggest change was in public perception, and working to let people know surrendering or dumping their animals isn't the only option.

"What is their hurdle? Is it food? Because we have a food pantry," said Testerman. "Is it behavior? Because we have tips and we can work with them on different behavior training."

This process, called managing intake, is keeping animals out of the shelter and in good homes.

If Young-Williams can bring its save rate to 90 percent, it will officially be designated a "no-kill" shelter.

That's a goal they hope to achieve by the end of 2018.

© 2018 WBIROriginal Article

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