At the HSSWMO, it's our responsibility to do everything we can to help every animal. For us, that means making the move toward becoming a no-kill facility.
Last year we euthanized 1,104 animals due to space, behavior and health. A large percentage of those were cats, but many of those animals could have been saved. So as part of our 60th anniversary celebration, we’ve decided to take the leap and move toward a no-kill model. But that means a lot is changing in how we operate at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri. Our goal is that 98 percent of the animals coming into our shelter find forever homes. But becoming no-kill isn’t as easy as flipping a switch. 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%.
Why will it take two years to become fully no-kill?
We hope it won’t. Since starting our no-kill initiative we are making it happen every day. 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 hope to manage the number of animals coming into our care and find homes for them before space becomes a determining factor.
However, we realize that as an open admission facility at times we may be challenged to meet our goals. Being an open admission facility means, animals are not turned 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.
Why will the no-kill model cost more?
In order to achieve our goal of becoming no-kill, we are expanding 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 expanding 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 make 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!