At the HSSWMO, it's our responsibility to do everything we can to help every animal. Because of that, we now operate under a no-kill model. Our goal is that 98 percent of the animals coming into our shelter find forever homes. So far we have been able to meet the criteria established through the Asilomar Accords to qualify as a no-kill facility, and we hope that with your help we can maintain that status. We love all of our cats and dogs here at the HSSWMO, and we’re committed to helping them find the new loving families they all deserve.
How many animals on average are surrendered to the humane society each month: About 400, but that number changes throughout the year. During the spring and summer, we see more animals coming in. Since the announcement that we are becoming no-kill our intake has gone up over 20%.
Is space a problem for a no-kill shelter? Since starting our no-kill initiative we are making it happen every day. We do not turn animals away for lack of space or based on old age, health issues, behavioral problems or tendencies toward aggression, which can make an animal harder to adopt. At times we are challenged by lack of space, but with the help of the community through volunteering, fostering animals, increased adoptions, spay and neuter programs and donating to support our all of our programs, we work to manage the number of animals coming into our care and find homes for them.
Why does the no-kill model cost more? In order to be no-kill, we expanded the safety net for animals with innovations such as hospice care for terminally ill animals, treatment plans for the sick and injured, expanded foster and volunteer programs, new shelter enrichment programs, better efforts to get lost animals home and programs to keep animals from entering the shelter in the first place. Each of these programs are costly and require additional resources. We receive no financial support from national organizations or local government. This is a community problem that will take our entire community to come together to solve.
What can the community do to help keep the HSSWMO no-kill? Get involved! Adopt, volunteer, foster, or donate. Come on out to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri and see where your heart leads you. Who knows, you may just end up saving lives!