DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Animal Resource Center continues to take recommendations laid out by Team Shelter USA’s review to heart, and has now reached a 91 percent live release rate, up from 63 percent last November.
They have also launched an interactive website that posts every intake within the hour.
This growth comes as part of an improvement plan the shelter implemented after Team Shelter USA identified 30 emergency action steps the facility needed to take in order to be a successful operation.
Aside from those 30 emergency action steps, the report also detailed 174 specific recommendations, and interim director Robert Gruhl says that they have completed 52 of them since December, with 73 in progress and the rest under review.
The ARC has switched to a safer accelerated hydrogen peroxide product for disinfectant purposes and are in the process of making some changes to the cages.
Aside from their operation changes, they are also in talks to begin a foster-to-adopt program, but they are still working on the legalities of the contract language.
“Remove the animal from the shelter environment, stabilize them in a loving home, and then when we have identified an adopter, we can make the transfer from the foster caregiver to the adoptive home seamlessly,” says Gruhl. “It’s going to put more owners in touch with dogs that are already acclimated to a home environment, and clearly less stressful for the animals involved.”
Another change is coming after the Team Shelter USA review, stopping their community cat contracts, realizing the shelter environment is unhealthy for the majority of cats.
“We’re working on a return-to-field program which is where we will go out and bring cats in, we will spay and neuter them, ear tip them, vaccinate them, and then return them back to the field,” Gruhl said.
They are also beefing up their staff, getting approved to hire eight additional positions. Four have been hired along with an operations coordinator, and Gruhl says while there are still major strides to be made to restore the public’s trust in them, they are working diligently to finish the 11 emergency action items currently in progress.
“We have a lot of challenges ahead of us, getting up to capacity is the first hurdle, once we get beyond that we can start laying the foundation for these improvements,” Gruhl says.
The ARC is also surveying over 50 current rescue partners for feedback so they can work closely together in the future.
They have received 20 of those back and are planning a community meeting to discuss those findings.
You can find the ARC’s latest progress report below: