Abilene Animal Shelter 20/20

Published: July 13, 2017


City of Abilene and Rescue the Animals, SPCA Kick-off Program to Make our Animal Shelter the Best in Texas!

                        Online Survey Asks for Input!   

     The City of Abilene and Rescue the Animals, SPCA are asking your help as we launch our Shelter 20/20 program aimed at making the Abilene Animal Shelter the best shelter its size in the entire state of Texas. 

     Shelter 20/20 will evaluate all shelter programs and facilities and will work to develop new programs to improve all aspects of shelter operations.  While no exact timeline is being set, it is hoped that the program will be completed within three years.

     Rescue the Animals, SPCA is asking everyone to participate in an online survey about the City of Abilene Animal Shelter.  This survey will seek community comments on shelter operations and will be one of many tools used to evaluate the shelter and find new ideas.

    Find the survey at RescueTheAnimals.org, or Rescue the Animals, SPCA on Facebook, or link below.

                      LINK TO ONLINE SURVEY 

    In the last ten years the City of Abilene Animal Shelter has been transformed from an old style pound into an excellent animal shelter.  This dramatic progress has resulted in increased holding times for dogs and cats at the shelter, increased adoptions, lower euthanasia rates, the construction of a new Adoption Wing (paid for in part by Rescue the Animals, SPCA), and improvements in cleanliness and hygiene for the animals.

      ADOPTIONS 2008:  1,373                        ADOPTIONS 2016:   3,039   

      Euthanasia 2008:   13,124                         Euthanasia 2016:  4,748    Down 63%!

      Holding Time 2008:  3 Days                     Holding Time 2016: Up to one month!

Texas Tech Research Projects at the Abilene Animal Shelter

     The shelter has been chosen by Texas Tech University as one of only 11 shelters in the nation for a pioneering Behavioral Intervention Program to Increase Adoptions.

     The Abilene Shelter has also been chosen by Texas Tech to participate in a Compassion Fatigue Study aimed at helping animal shelter workers contend with the psychological stresses of their jobs.

According to Dr. Alexandra Protopopova of Texas Tech University,

     “Abilene was chosen as an ideal location to study a combination of urban and rural influences. More critically, Abilene has a highly progressive and sophisticated mindset surrounding animal sheltering allowing for efficient and successful research programs.”

     Many animals from the Abilene Shelter go to rescue groups all over the nation.  The Abilene Shelter has an excellent reputation with these groups because of the excellent care given the animals while at the shelter. 

     Rescue the Animals, SPCA works with rescue groups and shelters in over 30 states.  This will give us the ability to gather information from all across the nation on what works best in animal shelter management and saving lives.

Shelter 20/20 Program Outline:

      Step One:  Evaluate the Shelter, its procedures, and its relationship to the community.
                        Rescue the Animals, SPCA will post a series of questionnaires online seeking
                        public comment and ideas about the City of Abilene Animal Shelter, and will
                        work with Animal Shelter employees to evaluate all present programs.

      Step Two: The City of Abilene and Rescue the Animals, SPCA will be working with Texas
                       Tech and others to develop new programs and to improve existing programs and
                       procedures at the Abilene Shelter.

     Step Three: The City of Abilene and Rescue the Animals, SPCA will assess the physical and
                         financial needs of the Abilene Animal Shelter.

      Step Four:  The City of Abilene and Rescue the Animals, SPCA will work to implement a
                         low-cost spay/neuter program to reduce homeless animal populations.  Rescue
                         the Animals, SPCA will assist the City of Abilene in funding this program.