Saving the lives of thousands of "unwanted" dogs and cats every year
by connecting the dots between supply and demand
Felines & Canines Hunter Stephenson Rescue Center is not only critical to saving dogs and cats across Northern Alabama - in our opinion, it's essential to the animal welfare community as a whole. What it comes down to is simple supply and demand. Many of our Southern states have far more friendly, social dogs and cats languishing at intake facilities than they have homes for, forcing them to euthanize these "unwanted" pets. At the same time, many Northern states have more qualified adopters searching for their new dog or cat than they have friendly/social pets. This forces potential adopters to look elsewhere (like breeders and pet stores) to find their new companion.
Far too often, the biggest obstacle for the animals at open admission shelters is the lack of time and space. When too many animals are surrendered to these facilities, and not enough adopters are coming to alleviate the overcrowding, it leaves the intake facility with no choice other than to euthanize animals to open up space. By combining a large, safe housing facility, with a 2x per week national relocation program, the Rescue Center is able to consistently offer immediate relief to the overcrowded intake facilities, without becoming overcrowded ourselves. This not only drastically reduces the euthanasia of family pets, but it also fulfills the desire for adoptable animals in the Midwest.
Check out our rescue process:
1. Trained Rescue Center staff visits set Northern Alabama intake facilities on set days of each week
2. Dogs and cats who are right for our program are identified (animals must be friendly/social - we do not accept aggressive or feral)
3. We immediately load those approved animals on our van and bring them to the Rescue Center (reducing the overcrowding and subsequent euthanasia of these animals)
4. Our animals receive the medical, emotional and physical care needed to be safely relocated up north
5. Twice a week, all of the Rescue Center animals are driven by the ASPCA to approved adoption centers in the Midwest
6. The Rescue Center is empty by the end of each week, allowing us to repeat steps 1-5!
With this system, we are able to save and transport approximately 50-70 dogs and cats to northern adoption facilities every single week. That means THOUSANDS of dogs and cats will not only be spared euthanasia, but also connected with loving forever families, every year. It's an affordable, efficient and effective life-saving model that just makes sense. It is something that we strive to replicate in areas of need throughout the south. Funding is the only hurdle that stands in our way!
Key organizational information:
1. We are a licensed 501c3, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter that relies solely on public donations - EIN: 36-2922975
2. Felines & Canines Rescue Center of Alabama is a DBA of Felines Inc. / Felines & Canines of Chicago
3. All of our receiving adoption centers embrace the same "no-kill" philosophy of no animal will ever be euthanized for any reason other than extreme behavioral or medical issues. Once an animal is welcomed into Rescue Center they are "family for life" - meaning we will always welcome them back into our program with open arms - no matter what, no matter when.
Check out the short video below to view first hand the challenges these overcrowded intake facilities experience, and the solution that the Rescue Center is able to provide...