Animal issues differ from one neighborhood to another. One area may have problems with dog fighting or feral cats, while another has spay or neuter concerns. Of course we could lessen the chance of needing an animal shelter if more people would have their pets spayed or neutered but that has not happened yet. Here in Cadiz, we do have a full time animal control but nowhere to put the animals besides in the back of a truck in a cage. With stray cats and dogs running around at large numbers may represent a threat to the health of people and animals owned by responsible citizens. Animals running at large, especially packs of wild dogs, may be a threat to domesticated animals, children and adults. Together these considerations express the need for an animal shelter able to serve not Cadiz, but the entire Trigg County.
Shelters are expensive, both to build and run. Local authorities can provide regular income for an organization running an animal shelter. This money can be used to cover the cost of food, cleaning, heating and equipment, salary to workers, as well as large grants to pay for building and maintenance work. However, there is not an exact amount on how much an animal shelter will cost to build or maintain.
Volunteers can perform many tasks, such as medicating sick cats, training dogs with behavior problems, walking and grooming dogs, doing routine office work and helping with adoptions. There should be a wildlife referral program for skunks, raccoons, opossums and other wild creatures who find themselves at the shelter. Creating partnerships will save the shelter time, money, effort and space. The shelter could partner with the local veterinary clinics in town such as when an animal is adopted; the adopter can be told that this particular vet has the animals records and medical history. The person will be likely to use the vet in the future.
National studies show that people get their dogs from shelters only 15% of the time, and less than 10% of the time for cats. These numbers can be better. Good advertising and public relations is necessary for success. Promoting the shelter will help with people volunteering and future adoptions. To help get more animals adopted you can give the animals friendly, simple names like Buddy or Molly. And for dog breeds like the pit-bull, which are normally seen as scary you can dress them up in a flowery collar. The need for more animal shelters is becoming more and more current today. Not every shelter uses euthanasia and this leads to the overflowing animals. Animal shelters are not quite big enough to hold and save every animal that is found. The lack of space in the animal shelters presents a real problem since there are many animals picked up daily.