The Portland area shelter alliance has been rewarded with a $1 million grant from Maddie’s Fund, a California nonprofit focused on ending euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets.
Rich Avanzino, president of Maddie’s Fund, called it “a model for the nation.”
Since 2010, it has not euthanized any healthy dogs or cats. It's also cut the number of treatable pets killed by more than 75 percent. Last year they spayed or neutered 10,000 pets.
This year the alliance has vowed not to kill any pet with a treatable condition, such as a broken bone, or one that needs leash training. After that, it will work on saving animals with manageable conditions, such as diabetes or a behavior issue.
"Until we can say in good conscience that we've saved every single animal that's savable, we're not going to rest," said Britta Bavaresco, co-founder of the alliance.
To help with behavioral issues the coalition would like to create a team of trainers to go from shelter to shelter to help the dogs unlearn bad habits nd learn to trust people.
"We know they could make good pets if we spend the time and resources on them," Bavaresco said. SourceH/T to Pam