AAR needs on-going support for its life-saving programs . . .
AAR is a “limited admission” shelter which means that to the best of our ability animals are screened for temperament and untreatable health issues before being accepted into the adoption program. Since AAR does not euthanize for space, in order to avoid overcrowding and warehousing, intake rates must match adoption rates. I.e. Space is made available by adoptions. Once in the AAR adoption program, AAR believes in helping the greatest number of animals with available resources. AAR holds to and often exceeds the Asilomar Accord Definitions of “Healthy,” “Treatable,” “Unhealthy & Untreatable.” We place healthy or treatable animals into new homes. We provide rehabilitation for those animals that may need some extra care and attention before they are adoptable. And we only euthanize animals that are so sick or behaviorally damaged that they would not become adoptable.
“Spay-Neuter” AAR knows that rescue is a “band-aid” on the pet overpopulation problem. The number of homeless pets far out-weighs the number of potential adopters. The “cure” to pet overpopulation is no more litters; all animals must be spayed or neutered. All AAR cats and dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. We also maintain the StarFund to help pet owners who can demonstrate financial need spay/neuter their pets.
“StarFund” The StarFund is used for two types of extreme needs: 1) to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia or surrender of dogs or cats due to the owner’s inability to afford emergency care, wellness care, behavioral-training or feed or house their pet due to unforeseen circumstances; and to support spay/neuter for pet owners who can demonstrate financial need, and 2) to give extra-ordinary medical care to cats or dogs surrendered to AAR. The goal is to allow the AAR board to provide emergency veterinary care without monetary concern in circumstances where there is no time to raise money, or to provide short-term help that enables someone to care for and keep their pet during a financial predicament.
The StarFund is financed through donations raised online or through requests for help for a specific animal. Money raised in excess of the needed amount for a specific animal is added to the StarFund; this is considered “restricted” funds. The “Ounce of Prevention” program is part of the StarFund and provides wellness support that includes vaccinations, flea/tick treatment, internal parasite treatment, heartworm preventive for pet owners in financial need.
“Sit-to-Stay” AAR’s Sit-to-Stay goal is to increase dog adoption rate by training AAR’s Dog Handlers, training a specific dog and using play-yard techniques. AAR’s Dog Handlers attend training classes. The goal is that while at AAR all dogs will receive training in basic leash walking, sit, stay and other skills that will make them more adoptable. We will place dogs with more severe issues in an off-site training program at an accredited dog training school. The Sit-to-Stay budget is funded by donations, grants and, as necessary, from AAR’s reserve operating fund.