Most people in our area are completely unaware of the devastating overpopulation of cats and dogs. Did you know The Dothan Animal Shelter takes in over 4000 animals each year? These helpless animals come to the city facility as strays and owner surrenders at no fault of their own. As a city run shelter, they must accept all animals from their catchment area even when the facility is at full capacity. Needless to say, this leads to animals being euthanized. Our animal shelter has a highly dedicated staff that works tirelessly for the well-being of these animals, but at the end of the day they need our help.
Save A Pet is a local 501 © 3 that has partnered with The Dothan Animal Shelter for the last 12 years to help save these homeless animals. This is done by providing services such as: medical care, vaccines, spay/neuter, foster care, and medications...with the ultimate goal of adopting and transporting the animals from the city’s facility. Many areas in the country, especially in the Northeast, do not have an overpopulation issue due to stringent spay/neuter laws, the requirement of a license to own an animal, and the mindset that a pet is a member of the family and a lifelong commitment. Because of this, there is a great need for our shelter animals.
In 2014, Save A Pet rescued over 1900 dogs of the 3000 intakes at The Dothan Animal Shelter and ensured they were in safe, nurturing homes. Our rescue efforts played a vital role in saving 63% of the animal shelter’s canine population. Last year Save A Pet rescued 73%, with most of them relocating to areas where they are finding loving homes within days of arrival. The feline numbers are just as impressive. Of the 1450 cats coming into the shelter in 2014, SAP was responsible for saving 55% of these lives through adoptions. In 2015 we reached our goal of saving 63% of the shelter’s feline intake of 1400.
So how can Save A Pet make such a huge impact on homeless animals? It is simple…from dedicated staff and generous supporters that enable us to carry out our mission.
As part of our growth and vision, Save A Pet acquired our own facility in the Summer of 2015 to prepare animals for transport and adoptions. This has enabled us to provide medical care, allow animals to recover from illness, heartworm treatment, and surgery. Needless to say, with this desire to save more deserving shelter animals, comes increased expense and financial strain. Our facility needs vast improvements; including construction of a quarantine area and repair work on fencing and kennels. The list of needs is endless, but so is our determination for these deserving animals.
The important thing is that we are making a difference. We are not only saving precious lives, but just as important, we are seeing a decrease in The Dothan Animal Shelter intakes each year. Last year alone, there was a 12.5% decrease from the previous year. While we have made great strides in the last few years, our work is not over. We are truly embarking on a new chapter for Save A Pet, our local shelter, and our community.
Thank you for believing in our mission, opening your heart to a shelter animal, and helping to give them the second chance they deserve.