The above dogs were all transfers from other shelters. Panson, the brindle shepherd mix on the left, was a transfer from a shelter in Fresno. Bisque, the Min Pin mix in the center, was a transfer from Avenal. Lastly, Culligan, the black and tan shepherd mix on the right, was a transfer from Fresno. They also all used to be strays but are now living in loving homes.
In the last couple of weeks we have been hearing the same questions over and over again; “Why are a lot of your animals transfers from other shelters?” or “Why do you transfer animals here?” To those who work in the animal industry it might seem more obvious why we transfer animals to our shelter. Nonetheless, while the answer might be simple the reason is very important.
Simply put, we transfer animals out of other shelters to save their lives. The shelters we take animals from are highly impacted by strays and often find themselves full and in dire need of kennel space. When these shelters are full they usually have to start euthanizing animals who have been there for a long time to make more space for new arrivals. It’s a very sad truth that dogs who have done nothing wrong are being put to sleep simply because they found themselves lost and without a home. Therefore, in order to save more lives we bring those animals who may be in jeopardy of euthanization to our shelter for a second chance.
Once all that has been stated, some people then ask, “Well why don’t you just transfer animals from the County shelter here who are in need?” The answer is, we do transfer from the County shelter. We transfer both dogs and cats from the County shelter next door whenever we can and when they become too full. Due to our agreement with the County shelter, they do not have to euthanize simply for space.
The other reasons why we transfer animals, begins with the fact that by coming to our shelter they receive even more care and medical treatments that they might not have received at the other shelters. We are lucky to be able to provide our animals with all the necessary vaccinations and treatments like Parvo, Distemper, Bordetella, Rabies, flea control and deworming. We also spay and neuter each animal on site. In addition to these basic treatments we screen for more severe illnesses or injuries. In recent months we have provided previously stray animals with expensive surgeries such as surgery to correct canine hip dysplasia.
We are only able to provide treatments and surgeries such as these because of generous donors. Our facility is non profit and highly depends on those who are looking to help save lives. Without these caring individuals we would not be able to help as many animals as we do; currently we are close to 3,000 adoptions for this fiscal year.
We transfer animals to us, because we have the resources to care for them and want to find them their forever homes.