BY HANNAH BROADBENT
The Carver Scott Humane Society is changing the way people look at pet adoption. They are a foster-based rescue. According to their website their purpose is finding homes for unwanted dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Every animal they have stays in foster home until it has a permanent home.
“We recognized that foster-based works for us and we have lower overhead without a shelter,” Executive Director Mandi Wyman said.
According to Wyman just this year CSHS has pulled 200 animals from impounds and kept over 100 animals in their loving homes and out of shelters all thanks to their Fur Keeps program. A year old program designed to support families who are thinking of giving up their animals.
“Our goal is to start with prevention,” Wyman said. “We offer the families multiple options.”
Wyman said the organization took their surrender application off of their website. She said when people go to find more information about surrendering their pet, 80 percent of people already made up their minds to do it.
“When you present them with multiple options you’re giving them more opportunities for help,” she said.
For example, Wyman said most issues for surrendering start with medical issues. She said people can’t afford to provide the sometimes thousands of dollars it can take to treat their pet. The Wilson’s Fund is a part of the Fur Keeps program, it is designed to help clients that are financially unstable and can help cover medical care they cannot afford.
“I can’t think of worse situation than being at the vet with my animal and being put in that situation,” Wyman said.
Wyman said sometimes it is easier than that, she said she hopes people use the program for education as well. She said often medical issues can be easily fixed, and their shelters know the answer.
“It’s just a matter of people not having the resources and support to keep their animals,” Wyman said.
Wyman said the surrender prevention rate from 135 closed cases using Fur Keeps is 74 percent. One of those success stories is dog Marley, who needed surgery to repair a Perineal Hernia. Due to the Wilson’s Fund and a partnership with River Valley Veterinary Service who donated their services, Marley was able to have the surgery and could stay with his family.
Another example is Peanut and Obi, two cats who needed to be surrendered because of changes in the owners life which prevented him from being able to stay with them. The Fur keeps program created bios for the pair and plastered them all over social media, with that effort and multiple resources the animals were quickly rehomed.
Wyman said the Fur Keeps program is just a part of what CSHS fights to do every day. She said Fur Keeps allows CSHS to focus on being a good community partner. Wyman said she is shocked at how impactful the program has been. She said they are able to increase capacity at shelters by helping animals stay with their families.
“The beauty of shelter-based rescue is it gives us unlimited capacity,” she said. “Shelters are a massive benefit but there is something to be said for that co-support we provide.”
For more information go to https://www.carverscotths.org/furkeeps/.