However, many rescue groups began working with the city to pull more animals out of the city shelter. And these groups have had tremendous success pulling animals, getting them healthy, and getting them into homes. And for 19 weeks, all "adoptable" dogs from the Springfield Shelter have been saved.
Castaway Animals Rescue Effort | Volunteer
First, a little about Springfield, MO's shelter. The shelter itself is very small and very old -- and was very much designed as a catch and kill facility (like many old shelters were). The shelter is less than 4000 square feet in size, serving a population of more than 200,000 people. It has 34 cages/runs. The Springfield, MO shelter does not even attempt to adopt animals out of their shelter. And as recently as two years ago, roughly 2500 (out of a total of 5,000 impounds) animals were killed in the city shelter.
Pet of the Week - Route 66 Rescue, Inc.
Last week, there was a out of Springfield, MO about their successful, 19 week run, at being a "no kill" shelter. While, there are many good points about the story, it did highlight for me maybe one of my biggest pet peeves in animal sheltering that I feel like I'm seeing a lot more of these days.
Sox joined Route 66 Rescue after the loss of her Dad a few months ago
C.A.R.E. is a no-kill shelter with a sanctuary and rehabilitation center near Aurora, MO & an adoption center in Springfield, MO. We specialize in the rescue of animals on death row at area shelters, sick and injured strays, assisting law enforcement with abuse and neglect cases, animal hoarding situations and other animals in special circumstances who need rescue.Programs: An aggressive spay/neuter program, no animal leaves the rescue without being spayed or neutered first. All animals are vetted and have received all vaccines and are in good health. Helping to eliminate the BSL (breed specific law) against pit bulls in Springfield so they can be adopted without being being euthanized and punished because of their breed. C.A.R.E. provides an educational program to all the volunteers to help them with handling the animals at the shelter, they go to schools and provided question and answer sessions with the students and are out weekly with the mobile trailer doing mobile adoptions in various locations in Springifeld, MO. At the C.A.R.E. sanctuary there are hospice animals that will live the remainder of their life and unadoptable to the public animals that will live there til the end of their life. They also, have pigs, goats, cows, horses and any animal that needs a rescue from unexceptable living conditions.