Pasadena Humane officially adopted the Socially Conscious Sheltering framework in 2020. As a socially conscious shelter, we take a holistic approach to sheltering by making appropriate decisions for each animal on an individual basis, while continuing to support the needs of people—both pet owners and the community at large.
The 8 tenets of socially conscious sheltering are:
- Place every healthy and safe animal.
- Ensure every unwanted or homeless pet has a safe place to go for shelter and care.
- Assess the medical and behavioral needs of homeless animals and ensure these needs are thoughtfully addressed.
- Align shelter policy with the needs of the community.
- Alleviate suffering and make appropriate euthanasia decisions.
- Enhance the human-animal bond through safe placements and post adoption support.
- Consider the health, wellness and safety of animals for each community when transferring animals.
- Foster a culture of transparency, ethical decision making, mutual respect, continual learning and collaboration.
For more information, visit http://scsheltering.org.
In 2020, Pasadena Humane committed to operating within the Capacity for Care model, as developed by the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Simply put, Capacity for Care is when a shelter is able to meet the needs of every animal entering its doors regardless of age, behavior or health. By committing to meet our ideal Capacity for Care, we are developing shelter surrender prevention resources, like a pet food bank, a veterinary voucher program and home-to-home adoptions–to decrease the number of animals that need to enter the shelter in the first place. For the animals in our care, we are upholding the Six Freedoms and working to reduce the length of stay so animals move quickly through the shelter system.
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease
- Freedom from fear and distress
- Freedom to express normal behavior
- Freedom from euthanasia for animals that are neither terminally ill or dangerous
Learn more about Capacity for Care.
Are you a no-kill shelter?
Pasadena Humane is a Socially Conscious Animal Shelter. We accept all animals regardless of age, breed, health or temperament from within our 11 animal control service areas. While we technically meet the no-kill threshold of saving more than 90% of pets entering our shelter, we choose not to use the no-kill terminology.
Why don’t you use no-kill terminology?
Pasadena Humane adopted the Socially Conscious Animal Sheltering model because we believe it offers the most holistic approach to sheltering. No-kill has been used as a marketing tool and rallying cry, but it does not reflect the responsibility animal welfare organizations like Pasadena Humane have to the animals in our care and to keeping our communities safe.
While no-kill has gained in popularity over the years, it is often misunderstood. No-kill does not mean no euthanasia. In fact, most no-kill shelters strive to attain a save rate of 90%. What that means in practice is that even at no-kill shelters, 10% of animals may be euthanized for any reason and the organization would still be considered no-kill. While reaching a 90% save rate may be attainable for some communities, it may not be realistic for others based on the animals coming into that shelter. For example, a shelter that admits a large percentage of very ill or unhealthy animals may not reach a 90% save rate even if they place all adoptable animals.
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