More than 4,000 animals were shipped from Amarillo to other communities last year and if those animals weren’t needed elsewhere they would have been euthanized here.
It’s one of the issues officials with Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare said they’re wanting to tackle after a list of recommendations outlined in a report by “Target Zero.”
Target Zero is a national non-profit organization that makes sure more animals leave the shelter alive.
There are some changes ahead for Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare.
“This is the second time that target zero has paid our community a visit. Back in 2014, they came and really focused in on the operations of the shelter and we’ve gotten our shelter operations in line. So this visit was more geared toward that next step, said Richard Havens, Director of Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare.”
Close to a dozen recommendations were outlined in the report ranging from getting rid of adoption barriers, like excessive fees. To investing more time and effort in Animal Management’s new volunteer program.
But he said out of the 10, three key recommendations were given:
“Managed intake, really focus in on the return to field of felines and really to facilitate a safety net for people surrendering animals. We need to find out what those reasons are and see if there’s some way that we can intervene and get those animals and keep them with their original owners,” said Havens.
Here’s a new owner who won’t be letting go of her furrr ever friend.
“It feels good to come and save just one, I wish I could save them all. I’ve looked at all of them and I’m like awwww I want to take them all home,” said Julie Perez, Adopting Puppy for Granddaughter’s Birthday Gift.
With this adoption, Havens said Julie and her granddaughter Mackenna became part of the solution instead of the problem.
If you plan on surrendering animals, Havens said you won’t be able to do it on your own terms.
Rather, you’ll have to work with them before they accept them.
When it comes to stray cats brought to the shelter, he said as long as it’s a healthy outdoor cat, measures will be taken to end reproduction before returning it back into the community.
Here’s another item the group recommended:
Make sure the percentage of animals leaving shelters alive is at 90% or greater.
Havens said as of last month they were just under 86%.