Owner-Surrender Outreach program

by austinpetsalive • Posted in: Outreach

We’re so excited about a new program, Owner-Surrender Outreach, we started last week after the No Kill plan passed.

Our volunteers are calling owners who surrendered pets to TLAC, who are now on the euthanasia list and no group is able to rescue them.

Of the people we’ve reached, almost all of them have come back to TLAC to reclaim their pets.

We’re finding that many people who surrender their pets believe their pets are going to get adopted by someone else, even if they are told that 1 in 3 will not be.

In speaking with these people, many were dealing with problems and just needed a little help. Currently we’re directing people to community resources, but we’re also building up our program so that there will be even more resources (free or low-cost) in the future that we can offer.

This program is the newest in our line of programs strategically aimed at helping the pets with the greatest risk of being killed. Other programs include:

  • Euthanasia List Rescue –   Every night, right before TLAC closes, we receive the list of who will be euthanized the following morning.  We pull as many pets as possible into our foster/adoption program who have been placed on that list.  We’ve saved almost 3,000 pets from imminent euthanasia in less than two years, including:
    • Every puppy  since 10/08.
    • Every small dog since 11/09.
  • Bottle Baby Program – Our Bottle Baby Trailer and feeding/foster program is aiming to save every kitten this year.
  • Healthy Dogs, Healthy People Program and Behavior/Enrichment Team provide training, exercise, and enrichment for our high energy dogs, long-stay dogs, and dogs who need some training.
  • Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) Program – We provide counseling, advice, and help people get resources, who are at risk of surrendering their pet to the shelter.

As you can see, different programs are needed to help the different populations of pets. We plan to continue growing and adding new programs until all healthy and treatable pets are leaving our shelter alive and going into good homes.

5 Responses to "Owner-Surrender Outreach program"

  1. Beth Kosarsays: March 24, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Keep up the great work!!!! Education is key. I think if people realize they may be able get some assistance with their pets they will be less likely to surrender them. Thank you APA for everything you do keep helpless dogs and cats alive and well and for being the voice that they don’t have.

  2. Marlasays: April 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

    This is wonderful to read. Do you have the owners spay/neuter their pets before taking them back out of the shelter?

  3. Larindasays: June 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    we are desperate for your help.. we are an older couple who have health issues and financial constraints. we are forced to move to our daughters across the country and are not able to take our pets with us. we are desperate. we have loved and cared for our dog and cat for 11 years.. we love them dearly.. this is breaking my heart. we have tried for 6 months to find homes for them.. most places tell us to euthanize them.. please help us.. we will drive to you.. it might even be that we could come back for them in 6 months after we are settled in the new state.. please help us.. thank you.. Larinda and Mike Nelsen

  4. austinpetsalivesays: June 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Larinda, I’m sorry but we generally don’t take pets from the public when so many are being killed in our local shelters. We do have a team who can help you with the rehoming process. You’d be surprised how some slight changes in the descriptions that you’ve written or new photos or even a video can make a big difference in the response that you’ll get. Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for help.