The formula for the success of Countdown to Zero is simple:
Decrease Intake + Increased Positive Outcomes = More Pets Saved!
Making adoption your first option is of the utmost importance to ending the pet overpopulation problem in South Mississippi. However, when we talk about Adoption in relation to Countdown to Zero, we are asking even more:
We are asking you to consider adopting a “less adoptable”. HSSM’s Lonely Hearts are prime examples of the pets in most need of loving homes. Too often our larger dogs and adult cats are overlooked because of the cute puppy or kitten in the next kennel.
Interestingly enough, black dogs and cats also fall into that “harder-to-place” category. Research shows that people are intimidated by big black dogs, find it hard to read black pet’s faces and facial expressions, and of course many people still abide by the many Old Wives’ Tales that surround black cats and their relationship to bad luck. Check out this WLOX News story done on “Big Black Cat/Dog Syndrome” and its prevalence in shelters across the country!
HSSM has made extra strides to promote the adoption of the traditionally “harder-to-adopt” as one of the four legs of Countdown to Zero. The “Adoptions” leg of Countdown to Zero also includes HSSM’s Love Train efforts, which take excess adoptable animals from our community to shelters across the country for adoption! Click here for more information on HSSM’s Love Train.
Of all the programs HSSM offers, the “Four Legs” of Countdown to Zero were chosen because of their ability for high-impact on the overall goal of eliminating the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets by 2015.
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