A SIGN FOR THE ANIMALS by the Shelter Partners
In January of 2014, the Shelter Partners Committee was formed with the goals of increasing the numbers of animals adopted or rescued with greater creativity and the reduction of the shelter animal intake numbers. Following the lead of Best Friends Animal Society we wanted to pattern our efforts after a retail business.
One of the first principles of retail business is location, location, location. Our Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center is beautiful, but tucked away, so we began plans to have an awesome new shelter sign. This is where talented graphic designer, dog walker, and Shelter Partners Committee Member, Sabeth Ireland and sign maker, Eric Peterson come together to create a sign on the corner of Airport Road and Hwy. 49. This is a sign funded by shelter volunteers and designed to bring residents to our shelter to adopt.
This committee also recognized that retailers have sales and special offers to bring customers into their doors. Each month a new banner, made by Brandon Waits, will announce a theme, offer or service intended to bring attention to the great animals up for adoption, the A-PAL programs available to residents and special prices during high shelter population periods.
This new sign will bring attention to ongoing programs such as seniors for seniors. This program enables seniors, 65+ years, to adopt senior pets, 5+ years, at half price. In the summer, when the shelter and the Feed Barn are full of cats and kittens, this sign will announce our " $9 for 9 Lives " cat adoption special.
Shelter Partners achieved an 87% adoption and rescue rate of animals entering our shelter in 2015. The number of animals entering our shelter was also reduced by 5%. In 2016 Shelter Partners is working hard to do more to help even more animals.
Each month the committee also publishes an online newsletter to provide details of programs, stories of animal adoptions and items of concern to residents. Go to http://www.pawspartners.org/newsletters.html to view and sign up to receive these newsletters.
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).