Shelby Humane is now considered a no-kill shelter – Shelby County Reporter

By MEG HERNDON | Personal editor

COLOMBIAN – Shelby Humane is now considered a no-kill shelter after recording a live release rate of 97% for 2021 and placing 2,024 animals in their forever homes.

Nonkill status is determined by the Asilomar Agreements which calculate the live release rate against the euthanasia rate. The shelter has worked actively to achieve this status over the past few years.

“I am thrilled for our animals and for what the future holds for them now that we have a 97% live release rate,” said Dr. Bill Rowley, Chief Operating Officer at Shelby Humane. “This was not easy to achieve and required active collaboration with the board, staff and external resources.

“It’s something we’re actively working toward,” said Katrina Davis, public relations coordinator at Shelby Humane. “About five years ago, our rate was closer to 50 percent.”

The shelter’s ability to achieve this status was partly due to its new and improved programs and required more space, time, staff and veterinary care.

Shelby Humane has expanded its foster program which has increased housing space, allowing it to care for more animals.

“If someone brings in an animal that’s sick or has a behavioral problem, it’s harder to place them,” Davis said. “So we have people coming in and adopting the animals and allowing them to bring them to a place where they have adoptable status.”

Shelby Humane also works with shelters in other states through animal transports that make it possible to adopt more animals from Shelby Humane.

“Spay and neuter laws in other states have exceeded expectations in preventing unwanted litters and strays,” Rowley said. “The unintended result has been a significant shortage of animals available for adoption in these states. Shelby Humane provides healthy cats, dogs, kittens and puppies through transportation to these shelters and ultimately to the families who aspire to have a pet.

Davis said the animals that are part of the program are all adopted about three days after they arrive.

Additionally, Shelby Humane now has a completely overhauled, team-focused, board-supported live release program in an ongoing effort to achieve and maintain non-elimination status.

“With the continued help of our volunteers and the community at large, we look forward to maintaining our status as a No-Kill shelter,” Rowley said.

A press release from Shelby Humane outlined ways the community can help her maintain her status and support the shelter.
• Share Shelby Humane posts on social media.
• Tell others that Shelby Humane has achieved “No-Kill” status.
• Volunteer in any way. Shelby Humane needs foster parents, dog walkers, transport drivers and more.
• Give in any way. Shelby Humane needs support with clothing, vaccines and medications, and general shelter operations. Indicate that the donation is in favor of Live Release.

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