A Message from Janelle Dixon
With the introduction of Bound for Home in 2011 we began a journey of transformation, looking critically at everything we do to ensure that we are saving as many animal lives as possible.
When we embarked on this journey, our animal placement rate was 67%. We quickly reached 80% and set out to reach an ambitious, aspirational goal of 90% placement. Over the last few years we’ve inched toward that goal, week by week and month by month. As we moved closer it became more difficult and more costly. But our success in other areas freed up resources to be reallocated, and your generosity continued to support our forward momentum.
During the last 18 months we’ve continued to transform. As we have reduced intake and found more proactive means to assist people and animals, we’ve been able to shift away from medical and behavioral strategies that were driven by the volume of animals in our care. We can now devote more resources to the needs of individual animals in our shelters while still providing exceptional care for the population as a whole. We’re no longer limited to what we can do for an animal right now. Instead, we can invest in the long-term care required to give even the most challenged animals a second chance.
Doing More for Animals is the foundation of this exciting transformation. We’re looking differently not only at each animal’s case, but also at the capacity our community has to adopt animals with special needs and conditions.
Thanks to Doing More for Animals, we reached a placement rate of 95% in January and February 2015. Our placement rate for the year to date (July-February) is 91%. This is an amazing outcome for animals!
We couldn’t have reached this incredible milestone without your support. As we continue this journey together, just imagine where we will go next.
Janelle Dixon, President & CEO
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