The Chippewa County (MI) Animal Shelter had an amazing 97% save rate in 2010. Of the 966 animals (a fairly high impound rate for a county of 38,000 people) that came into the shelter in 2010, including 523 dogs and 443 cats, only 29 had to be euthanized -- all for very specific reasons. The remaining animals were either returned to owners or adopted to good homes.
The reasons they give for their success?
First of all, a committment to becoming no kill.
A $10,000 grant for their spay/neuter program.
A group of dedicated volunteers.
"We are only as great as our community allows us to be," said Shelter Manager Holly Henderson.
It's amazing that when shelters focus on embracing the community to help them achieve No Kill vs blaming the community for them not being no kill, they see succes.
Congrats to the folks in Chippewa County, MI.