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Why No-Kill Makes Dollars and… = SenseCents. The UPAWS Experience 2006-07 Save Rate 48.7% Average Cost per Animal $233 2013-14 97.4% $340.

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1 Why No-Kill Makes Dollars and… = SenseCents

2 The UPAWS Experience 2006-07 Save Rate 48.7% Average Cost per Animal $233 2013-14 97.4% $340

3 It costs 68% more to save an animal! How can we afford that?

4 The Programs of the No-Kill Equation Rescue Partnerships Volunteers Foster Care Trap. Neuter. Release Pet Retention Comprehensive Adoption Program Public Relations/Community Involvement Medical & Behavior Prevention & Rehabilitation High Volume/Low Cost Spay/Neuter Proactive Redemption Hard-Working, Compassionate Shelter Director From:

5 Rescue Partnerships Sense: Gives the animal a whole new pool of prospective adopters Establishes relationships for times when the “big” cases happen Cents: Frees up space and reduces expenses for direct animal care (feeding, cleaning, medical care, etc.)

6 Volunteers Sense: Frees up staff time to fulfill other needs Provides animals with more enrichment, exercise and socialization time Volunteers become ambassadors for your organization Cents: Can replace the need to hire additional staff Volunteer advocacy can increase public awareness, donations, and adoptions

7 Foster Care Sense: Provides animals with home environment and individualized attention Fosters get to know the animal and can broaden opportunities for placement – vested in outcome Opens up kennel space at the shelter Cents: Low-cost or no-cost means of caring for animals

8 Trap, Neuter, Release Sense: Reduces number of litters Allows cats to live out their lives in an environment that is natural to them Frees up shelter space Cents: Reduces number of cats in shelter that are unadoptable or difficult to place

9 Pet Retention Sense: Solving problems not only helps the animal, it makes for a better, more informed pet owner overall Keeps the animal in its home and out of the shelter Cents: Eliminates the cost of caring for and re-homing the animal

10 Comprehensive Adoption Program Sense: Provides for greater opportunities for an animal to be seen and ultimately placed Shorter stays Cents: Shorter stays translate to fewer costs in caring for animal

11 Public Relations – Community Involvement Sense: The greater the name recognition and the more positive the image, the greater the overall support and program successes Cents: Goodwill, affinity, and vested interest translate to community awareness, higher volunteerism, more adoptions, more and bigger donations…. all of which affect the financial bottom line

12 Medical & Behavior Prevention & Rehabilitation Sense: Animals should not die for treatable medical issues and behavioral problems that can be rectified or managed Cents: People love to root for the “underdogs” and help those who touch their hearts; special funds and donation drives to underwrite efforts to make these animals adoptable are typically well- received

13 Sense: Fewer admissions means more space, less overcrowding and more resources that can be dedicated to re-homing and saving lives An overload of puppies and kittens can overshadow many wonderful adults waiting for homes Cents: Fewer admissions, especially of litters A sick litter is more costly to treat than a single adult Helping people in the community result in more volunteers, good PR, and more opportunities for funding High Volume, Low-Cost (Community) Spay & Neuter

14 Proactive Redemptions Sense: Gets strays home faster, freeing up shelter space and resources Better for the animals – they belong in homes, not shelters Promotes goodwill Cents: Reduces expenses associated with caring for animals Can also provide income-producing revenue streams such as microchipping, ID tags

15 Sense: A no-kill shelter is a machine with many working parts. Without a director, staff, volunteers & board dedicated to the no-kill philosophy and committed to implementing the necessary components to make the machine run, you are left with random cogs on a wheel and a machine that won’t work. Cents: A well-built machine is more efficient and effective. It can not only save on expenses, it can also become revenue-generating both directly and indirectly. Hardworking, Compassionate Director, Staff, Volunteers, Board

16 So what happened? Improved relationships with other shelters Organized and improved the volunteer program Extended foster care program Fledgling TNR program Implemented several pet retention and re- homing and referral services Improved donor stewardship efforts Amped up fundraising and friend-raising efforts

17 Improved adoption opportunities via: Offsite adoption location and adoptathons Variable fees and promotions Pet adoption sponsorship opportunities Expanded hours Improved marketing Moved from rigid adoption guidelines to flexibility and counseling Every effort made and opportunity taken to give the community ownership in the shelter, the animals, and programs

18 Behavior modification techniques implemented Illnesses and injuries treated whenever possible Community spay/neuter program implemented Improved efforts to reunite pets with owners Increased advertising via social media and website Offered affordable microchipping services – continued giving free ID tags Required staff, volunteers, and board members be committed to exemplary customer relations and the UPAWS mission Stepped up presence and community awareness

19 Components in Implementing the No-Kill Equation Celebration Community Creativity Commitment

20 What did that do to the bottom line? 2006-07 Save Rate 48.7% (1,431 animals) Average Cost per Animal $233 Revenue per Animal $240 (+ $7) 2013-14 97.4% (1,579 animals) $340 $431 (+ $91)

21 UPAWS Financial Statement Comparison – 2007 and 2014

22 UPAWS Net Assets

23 With all the wheels in motion… Increased grant opportunit ies Revenue-generating services & programs Stable, knowledgeable workforce Less stress Faster turnovers More adoptions Supportive community Increased donations Greater number of volunteers Fewer admissions LESS KILLING

24 Contact Information Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) PO Box 968 Marquette, MI 49855 Reva Laituri, President 906-475-4798 (home) Lareina Van Strien, Shelter Manager 906-475-6661(work)

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