Community Partnership for Pets, Inc. (CPPI) was started in 2005 in Henderson County, NC with a passion and mission to simply do anything and everything possible to reduce the suffering and euthanasia of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.
To accomplish our mission we had to do the following:
- stop the daily birth of unwanted puppies and kittens.
- prevent the dogs, puppies, cats and kittens living in our community from entering the shelter.
- get the dogs, puppies, cats and kittens currently in shelters or with rescue groups adopted into quality, loving homes as quickly as possible.
- educate our community on the plight of animals and the steps they could take to help.
- ensure local animal ordinances are in place and enforceable.
- create partnerships in the community to help animals.
Since 2005, the results of our work can be seen with 52% fewer animals entering the Henderson County Shelter and 78% more animals leaving the Shelter alive.
Our new mission is to partner with community and County organizations across North Carolina to establish programs to focus on eliminating the suffering and euthanasia of dogs and cats. Details of these programs are below:
Sterilization surgery must be a priority to reduce the numbers of unwanted litters. To succeed, the spay/neuter program must do the following:
- Be part of the county run shelter’s programs
- Serve both domestic dogs and cats including un-owned stray or feral cats.
- Offer high quality surgeries and post-surgical care.
- Be affordable and easy to access.
- Be a long-term program and not subject to lack of funding or volunteer/staff to run it
- Be available to all families regardless of income.
- Be effectively advertised throughout the community listing who to contact for appointments
- Ensure all animals adopted from the shelter are spayed/neutered.
- Offer adult pet sterilization surgeries to families turning in litters from their pets in an effort to reduce repeated inbound, unwanted litters from the same animals
Pet Retention is a program designed to help low-income families keep their pets healthy and in the home. Often, when these pets become ill or injured, their owners are unable to afford costly veterinary care. Recent data shows that over 47% of pets surrendered to shelters are from low-income families. Providing services such as free pet food, routine veterinary care including vaccinations or emergency veterinary care helps provide the animal a healthy life while eliminating the need for the owner to give up the pet. Details of the Pet Retention Program are listed below.
Pet Food Pantry
Sometimes families are between jobs, have a major illness, or are unable to work. Often they simply need a few bags of food until pay day. Whatever the reason, helping these families improves the chance their pets can remain with them. In addition, it is crucial to help pet owners maintain a manageable number of pets by providing free spay/neuter surgeries for animals already in their care.
Emergency & Routine Veterinarian Care
Imagine living on $600 a month and your pet becomes ill or injured. The initial cost for vet care could dramatically affect a family’s budget and often additional money is unavailable. Sadly, an owner might be faced with the difficult decision to relinquish their pet to a shelter or have it euthanized. An Emergency Veterinarian Care program gives qualifying families access to subsidized emergency vet care for their pet.
In addition, low-cost rabies vaccination clinics help keep these pets up to date improving the chance to remain healthy. Many times a clinic offers low cost micro-chipping which increases the likelihood lost or stolen animals get returned to owners.
Providing access to discounted or free flea/tick or worming medication keeps pets happy and disease free. Parasites can be costly and many times deadly. Fleas and ticks can kill a young pet and quickly cause an adult’s health to decline. A single infected mosquito can bite a dog or cat infecting them with heart worms which can kill if not treated. The cost for treatment can be significant, understandably more than a low-income family can afford. Providing access to preventatives for all the above services helps keep pets healthy.
Adoption & Transport
Keeping dogs and cats out of shelters in the first place and expediting adoptions is key to reducing the numbers being euthanized. Agencies must actively promote adoptions and hold adoption events at places such as Petco, PetSmart and other venues popular with the public. Such events should be held during weekends to allow families seeking a new pet to look outside of work hour schedules.
Many resist visiting shelters for fear their hearts will be broken seeing homeless animals or due to concern the animals are there because they have ‘issues’. This is just not true. When you are looking for a new pet, reach out to shelters, rescue groups and humane societies to adopt. Many animals have had basic obedience training or are in training. Some shelters have a list of local trainers who can provide suggestions to help the adopter ease the pet’s merge into the family’s lifestyle.
There are many reputable shelters and rescue groups within the state of North Carolina as well as in other states to which dogs and cats are transported to waiting adopters. Strict spay/neuter policies have been in place for years in many states so their agencies are often looking for certain breeds not commonly available in their area. All dogs and cats transported outside of North Carolina are spayed or neutered and fully vetted, ready upon arrival to become a healthy member of their new family.
North Carolina has several state-mandated animal ordinances that each county must enforce. These ordinances include laws related to rabies vaccinations, owning or harboring dangerous dogs, reporting of animal bites, etc.. Many counties in North Carolina also have local animal ordinances more specific to their communities. To enforce both state and local animal ordinances, some counties use deputies or police officers while some have a separate department called Animal Control. Animal Control deputies or officers have special training, special equipment, knowledge and authority to enforce both local and state animal ordinances.
Unfortunately, there are counties and communities in North Carolina that have no Animal Control organization nor any local animal ordinances. This leaves both the people and pets in a community or county disadvantaged. It is important for residents to reach out to their local government, Sheriff or Police Departments to ensure their community has local ordinances and enforcement.
Dog and Cat 101
Many dog and cat owner have experienced issues with their pets. Barking, biting, chewing, not using a litter box, scratching furniture, etc.. While the internet is an good resource to research most issues, sometimes having someone to communicate with more effective. Frustration with a pet can lead to the pet being given away, abandoned or surrendered to a shelter.
Many pet issues can be resolved without the pet losing its family. Free or low-cost dog training can get a dog or puppy back on track. Learning what to do when a cat refuses to use a litter box can mean the difference between a cat being an ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ cat or worse.
Imagine living with an owner for and extended period of time and suddenly finding yourself cages; new smells and noises, new food and strangers surrounding you. Encourage those in need of help to reach out. Most often the solution is simple and there is nothing we cannot accomplish together.