Savethesaveable.com is dedicated to marketing animals who are ‘at risk’ at Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). These dogs and cats are often overlooked by prospective adopters coming to the shelter and before now were promoted only on a volunteer managed Facebook page.
Most importantly, the page features animals that are currently on deadline at the shelter. This means the shelter has determined the animal cannot be maintained at the shelter due to a medical or behavior issues, such as extreme kennel stress, and may be put the animal down if not rescued or adopted by a specific date. Savethesaveable.com not only calls special attention to the animals at risk, but encourages the public to seriously consider these animals for adoption or as a foster pet.
Some of these animals may have what one would consider an ‘issue’ but you might consider a characteristic that fits just perfectly in YOUR home. A classic example of a saveable dog is one that doesn’t enjoy the company of other dogs. If you only plan to have one dog in your family and you are not the type to frequent the dog parks or have friends bring dogs over to visit, then there is NO reason you should not consider a dog whose life is on the line because he/she cannot share a kennel in the shelter.
For cats a typical example is ringworm. Ringworm, is a very common fungal infection (like athlete’s foot) that is a treatable at little cost and curable. Ringworm is contagious and PACC is not able to provide the necessary care in the shelter. You can save a life and have a perfectly normal beautiful healthy kitten or cat after a typical 6 weeks of treatment.
Other animals that are featured on the page are those that have just been there too long- we define that as over a month. While there may be no explanation for why they are still there, many will deteriorate in a shelter environment so their length of stay is a real concern. They are increasingly at risk for becoming ill or developing behavior problems (and you would be too!)
The mature dogs and cats (defined by PACC as age 7 and up) are featured because they are at risk for staying in the shelter longer than the average pet. You may know that cats and the smaller dogs are not ‘seniors’ by age 7 as they often live to 15 or more. But people like babies and youngsters, often overlooking the benefit of the calmer, well mannered animals.
Other animals featured on the page include those considered ‘special needs adoptions’ which indicates a need for adopters/rescues to anticipate following up with a condition. It may be valley fever, ear infections, a fractured limb or a history of situational biting that is considered to have a good outcome with continued professional positive training.
On savethesaveable.com you will find
- What does saveable mean? This page defines saveable and has helfpul information about many of the common situations and conditions faced by the animals at risk
- Meet the Saveable This page features currently waiting ‘at risk’ pets
- Meet the Saved Here you will find some success stories of animals rescued and in foster homes looking for forever homes. We will be adding adoption stories as well.
As our community gets closer to saving ALL the saveable, it is critical the public (potential foster and adoptive homes) have the opportunity to see and hear about those who can be saved but are still at risk of being put down for lack of alternatives. The definition of no kill is saving those who are not irremediably suffering. It takes the will of the shelter AND the will of community to make that happen by developing resources and intervention techniques that meet the animals’ needs and bringing those animals to the attention of public who truly wants to help!