Animal Alliance is a registered, 501(c)3, non-profit organization, staffed almost entirely by volunteers. Animal Alliance rescues cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies from overcrowded, overburdened animal shelters and animal control holding facilities and place them into the safety of our foster care network. We accept owner surrenders on a case by case basis, as space allows. Our foster care program includes our proprietary kennel which houses up to 40 foster dogs and is a State licensed animal shelter located on the property of one of the Founders of Animal Alliance. The dogs in the kennel are cared for by a part-time paid kennel staff, and the animals are seen, visited, and interacted with constantly by on-site resident Founder and volunteers. Additionally, there are private homes where some foster animals reside until adoption. The only paid employees at Animal Alliance are the kennel staff and a part time administrative assistant; everyone else is a volunteer.
Due to the hideous pet overpopulation problem in the U.S., many shelters we work with euthanize (put to sleep) perfectly nice animals to make way for the endless stream of new animals that arrive at their door each day. Animal Alliance believes in the value of the lives of these creatures, and in giving them a second chance at life with guardians who will love and treasure them as members of the family. Once in the care of Animal Alliance, all animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, and treated for any maladies such as fleas, skin dermatitis, and other treatable disorders. Many animals also receive professional grooming and dental cleaning, or specialty veterinary care such as orthopedic surgery in order to ready them for adoption. Animal Alliance strives to place the animals in our care into the most appropriate permanent living situation. Each one of our pets remains in foster care until it is matched with a permanent home.
We do not euthanize animals in our care unless they are gravely ill and every attempt to heal them has been exhausted, or if they are aggressive with people or other animals.
Many shelters and rescue groups, including Animal Alliance now use the “Asilomar Accords” to guide their statistical reporting to the public. The Asilomar Accords are an agreed upon set of guidelines created by the major animal welfare organizations in the United States as a way to standardize results of shelters and to unify organizations who are working in parallel towards the same goal or reducing animal overpopulation and increasing pet adoption. The Asilomar Accords define what constitutes “healthy,” “treatable,” (meaning with treatment, the animal will become adoptable), and “unhealthy and/or untreatable” animals. This uniform definition helps shelters properly categorize the number of animals euthanized and the number adopted.
1. Unhealthy/Untreatable: An animal with catastrophic and painful injuries sustained from being hit by a car. Injury that would require complicated and costly veterinary care with no guarantee of success.
2. Treatable: An Injury (broken limb, burns, wounds), Illness (kennel cough, upper respiratory infection, fleas, ear mites, mange, ear infections, dry eye, periodontal disease), or Infirmity such as age-related issue or grotesque grooming cases where an animal has to be shaved to the skin (often under surgical anesthesia) to eliminate hair overgrowth and matting often seen in strays or neglected animals.
3. Healthy: No signs of illness, injury, or infirmity.
Animal Alliance’s rescued animals tend to fall into the treatable category, meaning they might be ineligible for adoption at the shelter they were in due to a treatable medical condition, whether Injury, Illness, or Infirmity. Their lives are saved by Animal Alliance’s intervention and willingness to treat whatever condition needs to be addressed. Animal Alliance treats all treatable medical conditions and allow our adopters to consider adoption of all our foster animals, regardless of age. Animal Alliance typically has animals ranging in age from 8 weeks to 14 years available for adoption!
Animal Alliance places approximately 500 animals each year into adoptive homes, all of whom were altered prior to adoption. More than 4,000 animals have found their “forever homes” via Animal Alliance since 2002.
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