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It all started five years ago today. On June 10, 2010, we began our campaign to bring the open-admission Rockwall, Texas animal shelter into the 21st century. At that time, it was a decidedly old-school municipal facility. During the first half of 2010, only 48% of the pets entering the Rockwall shelter got out alive. In June 2010, the term “No Kill” was a “no go” in the state of Texas. We chose a simple path: We marketed the shelter pets like crazy. We started a web site, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed and a blog that focused solely on promoting the shelter pets. And we began weekly off-site adoptions at the Rockwall Petco on June 18, 2010 that haven’t stopped since. To our surprise, it worked! By April 2011, just ten months after we started, the save rate at the Rockwall shelter had skyrocketed to 86%. And during that time, the Austin and Seagoville shelters had achieved No Kill. By August 2011, the Rockwall city council voted unanimously to make our shelter No Kill. The save rate jumped to 97% right after the council’s vote and has remained at or near that level ever since. Legacy Humane Society, who now manages the Rockwall shelter, posted another 97% save rate during May 2015. Here’s the moral of the story: If we can do it, you can too. We were two ignorant volunteers who refused to take no for an answer. We worked hard to find solutions instead of wallowing in excuses. And we were extremely fortunate to be joined by fellow volunteers who agreed with our mission, volunteers like...Learn More
Thanks to the wonderful folks at Maddie’s Institute and American Pets Alive!, two of our most recent conference seminars are now online. And they’re free! Find out how we took Different Paths to No Kill, or discover how The Value of Teamwork can help you and your shelter. Maddie’s Institute did a wonderful job in recording and assembling these presentations. You can see any of the presentations at the 2015 American Pets Alive! No Kill Conference by starting here....Learn More
We’re very honored to be featured in the “Inspiring People” section of the May/June 2015 issue of Best Friends Magazine. Thank you to Denise LeBeau for her extraordinary writing skills and to Kelli Harmon, the magazine’s senior writer and news editor. Need your own copy? It’s easy to subscribe, and your donation helps to Save Them...Learn More