Volunteer Guidelines for Animal Rescue & Admission
Who are admitted:
1. Animals rescued from cruelty or neglect.
Note: Corresponding criminal charges are filed against animal offenders. We try not to “just rescue” without the filing of charges. Filing of charges is important in preventing future crimes from being committed against animals
2. Animals in distress
Example: Daisy – a cat whose front right leg was run over. She was crawling on a gutter in Aurora Blvd., any injured live animal who is in pain and may still be rehabilitated.
REMEMBER, PROPER ADMISSION PROCEDURES
1. Animal must be quarantined for at least 2 weeks. A newly-rescued animal cannot be ‘mixed’ with other animals in the shelter without going through quarantine.
2. Most animals are quarantined beyond 14 days. Animals are not vaccinated upon admission to the PAWS shelter if they are seen as too weak.
3. Other delays in the transfer of animal from quarantine to the Main Dog Runs (Dog Run 1 and Dog Run 2):
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I SEE AN ANIMAL IN DISTRESS AND THERE IS STILL NO ROOM AT THE PARC QUARANTINE AREA ?
1. Get the animal treated. (Vet treatment at PAWS clinic is free for rescued animals. If situation calls for a volunteer to immediately take the animal to a nearby clinic, a PAWS volunteer must be prepared to shoulder the veterinary
expenses). Take a photo of the animal for proper documentation.
2. Foster (temporarily keep) the dog in an area in your house (separate from your current pets)
3. If you have no room, find someone who can foster. (PAWS provides free veterinary assistance to all fostered animals)
4. Sign Foster Agreement at the shelter so that animal can be listed as awaiting admission. (Please do not forget this. The animal will not be in the WAITING LIST FOR FUTURE ADMISSION if this is not cleared with the office and the Fostering forms are not signed)
INJURED STRAY DOG IN NEED OF TREATMENT
Question #1 Who will take in the dog after PAWS gives free veterinary care or treatment?
If there is someone who will take in the dog, treatment will be given. If there is no one who will take in the dog after treatment, it is best for PAWS volunteer to coordinate with the local city veterinarian for possible euthanasia. The Anti-Rabies Act does not allow stray dogs. All stray dogs will be collected and euthanized if there are no takers.
A PAWS VOLUNTEER MUST REMEMBER THAT
1. There is only one person at the office handling all calls and admin matters. This person is also entertaining adoption applicants, clinic patients, volunteers and visitors.
2. You will not be helping the organization by calling in every rescue without taking action at your level. Taking action means: Getting complete information
Before rescuing the animal, ask yourself: will I be able to foster the animal or find someone to foster this animal in case the Quarantine Kennels are full?
3. If you have successfully admitted an animal into PARC, please make it your personal mission and responsibility to actively take part in the animal’s rehabilitation (i.e. socialization of the animal, bathing the animal, raising
funds for the animal’s treatment), “marketing” (i.e. telling his story, posting his photos in Facebook, blogs) and adoption. This is the single, most effective way that you can help the shelter help animals.
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