During FY2016, more than 95 percent of the animals in our care were placed in homes, reunited with owners, or released to other animal welfare organizations.
AHS has an open admission philosophy, which means we accept every animal that is surrendered to us regardless of health, age, breed or behavior. Open admission is essential to providing shelter and care to the thousands of animals that would otherwise have no safe refuge. We strive to help people find alternative solutions to surrendering their pet, but place no judgment on the decision to do so.
Every animal in our care receives a medical and behavioral evaluation upon admission. Many animals can be placed in our adoptions programs immediately, but we provide behavior modification, medical treatment, and foster care to many others, ensuring that even the most difficult-to-place animals have a chance at adoption. There is no time limit placed on animals in our adoption centers. As long as an animal remains in good health and temperament, it is available until it is adopted.
Because of our open admission policy and our commitment to placing only healthy, treatable, and safe animals in the community, we are sometimes faced with the difficult decision to euthanize animals with severe or untreatable illnesses or untreatable behavior issues.
Although our placement rate exceeds the 90 percent benchmark often used to qualify a shelter as no-kill, we continue to operate under an open admission philosophy to ensure that the people and animals in our community can rely on us no matter the circumstance.