Seagoville, TX is a small community of about 11,000 people that is a suburb of Dallas.
Until last November, the shelter in this community killed an average of 70 dogs per month. But in November, the city's police department took over the shelter, and turned the gas chamber into a storage bin fo donated dog food. The city has been 100% No Kill since then. "I just have a real problem putting down healthy and adoptable animals when they can find a good home and be part of a family that wil take care of them," said Sgt. Karl Baily.
But last week, things began getting a little tense. The shelter, which had a capacity for 25 dogs had gotten up to 55 crowded inside. The shelter had to find homes for 22 dogs by Monday, or the shelter's no kill status would over.
So what did the shelter do?
They held three off-site adoption events over the weekend -- at a grocery store, at the local tractor supply company, and at a local Walgreens, and, of course, at their shelter - and they went to the media to get some free promotion for the events.
The net result was that 15 pets were adopted on Saturday -- meaning the shelter would likely be able to remain no kill afterall. By last night, all but 8 of the dogs had been adopted. So while they needed 22 dogs to be adopted, they found homes for 47.
The success in Seagoville shows the success that comes by embracing the public and their willingness to adopt animals, they were able to remain no kill -- instead of simply blaming them for the animals being in the shelter in the first place and killing them instead.
"The Public" generally loves animals --and want to help save them. By promoting the animals, embracing their desire to support your mission, and holding off-site adoption events, shelters can make positive steps toward their no kill goals. It's not a pipe dream -- it's happening -- in cities across the country.