Shelter to Home started as an informal grassroots effort back in 2005. Local citizens were astonished by the high euthanasia rates at their local animal shelter. Stray animals were not held long enough for their owners to be found; they were simply euthanized when no one came for them. That was until a small group of local women decided to make a difference by turning their local dog pound into an animal shelter.
What started out as a small effort, with only a handful of local citizens making a difference, doubled and then tripled. Animals that found their way to the dog pound were finding new homes or were placed with service or rescue organizations. What a difference a group of caring people can make in just one, small community!
As it set higher goals, the group grew into what became Shelter to Home and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2007. The organization now has over 50 volunteers that provide assistance to eleven local municipal animal shelters and pounds.
The foster-based rescue program saves an average of 400 cats and kittens every year. Although it doesn't turn away dogs and is working to expand its foster dog program, the main focus of the organization ramains cats.
Once in the Shelter to Home foster program, the animals are cared for until they are adopted. Animals are never euthanized due to time limitations or space constraints. Volunteers provide loving and dependable care for these animals by spaying and neutering each prior to adoption, and putting time and effort into finding each the perfect forever home.
Finding homes for over 400 cats and kittens each year is no easy task. The animals in Shelter to Home’s care are featured on Petfinder.com and taken to adoption events. Shelter to Home has an excellent reputation in the local community for the services it provides.
SPCA International is proud to honor this great organization as Shelter of the Week. To learn more about Shelter to Home, Inc. or to donate to its organization directly, please visit www.sheltertohome.com.
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