should you expect when you bring a lost dog, or feel you must surrender
one of your own pets, to a shelter? What will happen to your beloved
pet if he/she gets picked up by Animal Control in your city?
Developing an objective Rating System for shelters will direct much-needed
attention to the problem of inhumane treatment of animals. Communities
will be put on notice that their conduct is open to public review
SHELTER REFORM Rating System currently being designed by experts
consulting with Kathy Selbrede will use a list of parameters that
will provide a bird's-eye view of a city's shelter and how it rates
against other cities and against the standard of a humane shelter
across-the-board. The Rating System also applies to the state (e.g.,
Georgia, North Carolina, etc.) to determine how closely the state
adheres to humane guidelines in its own law code, as well as to
the shelters operating inside its borders.
IT WILL WORK
rating for a shelter will be composed of three numbers:
first number is the shelter's rating against the Humane Treatment
Standard (a 1-to-10 scale, 10 being best, known as HTS for short).
second number is the state's animal protection laws rated on the
third number is the state's vigor in enforcing its own laws in
its city shelters.*
rating of 3/5/4 means:
The shelter earned a score of 3 against the Humane Treatment Standard
state's written law code earned a 5 against HTS, meaning that
even though the state's standards are low, the shelter isn't even
meeting that level of humane treatment.
The stated earned a 4 in enforcing its laws, meaning the state
isn't even strongly committed to pulling this deficient shelter
up to its own low standard (a 5 on the HTS scale).
a rating of 8/6/9 means the shelter (score: 8) exceeds state standards
(score: 6), and the state takes enforcement seriously (score: 9),
even though it only holds to a standard of humane care of 6 on the
third number, rating diligence in enforcement of the state's animal
protection laws, is important because shelters are rarely run privately
but involve some use of police force. Therefore, a state's laws
and its enforcement mechanisms necessarily have a bearing on the
treatment of animals in that state.
that operate independently of the state must contract with the city
to provide the police mechanisms for enforcing the state’s
laws. We at Shelter Reform see tremendous benefit in privatization
of much of this work, and are aware of significant success stories
in regard to privatizing animal control (excepting the obvious police
function of dealing with animal cruelty cases and confiscation of
animals from abusive owners).
dog and cat deserves a 10 / 10 / 10 !!!
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Improvements in Humane Treatment of Animals in our Shelters
parameters for humane treatment involve points for the living
conditions of the animals, the euthanasia-to-adoption ratio,
the method of euthanasia used, proper use of identification
methods, disease and pest control in the shelters, veterinary
care, relations with private adoption groups, length and verifiability
of hold times, animal control actions against animal abuse
in the community, spay and neuter programs, and other important
factors in insuring that animals are not subjected to abuse
either short or long-term.
Although this beginning
of the SHELTER REFORM Rating System is modest, it is a potent
idea that may well spiral into a de facto national
If rescue groups
begin to apply the SHELTER REFORM Rating System to the animal
shelters in their respective areas, and if we actively advertise
the standards for all identified shelters, citizens will take
a closer look at what might befall their own pets at their
own local animal shelters should they become lost or stolen.
If you have suggestions
concerning the development of the SHELTER REFORM Rating System,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.