In 2015, The Animal Foundation (TAF) announced a new, five-year strategic plan aimed at saving all healthy and treatable animals brought into our shelter by the end of the year 2020. Mission: Possible 2020 — All of Us for All of Them is the next step towards the future for The Animal Foundation to ensure our most critical lifesaving needs are met and sustained, as well as to raise funds for the completion of our campus.
The most effect way to save lives is to treat the root causes that create animals in need, which is why our programs are vital to our success. Our low-cost clinic has been in business since 1978, offering affordable microchips, vaccines, and spay/ neuter surgeries. In addition, TAF offers many lifesaving and community involvement programs. You can learn more about our life-saving programs www.animalfoundation.com.
We’re not there yet. The lifesaving programs put in place through Mission:Possible 2020 will allow us to save all healthy and treatable animals that come into our care, however, we cannot accomplish these objectives with our current facilities. Additional resources are required to reach the ultimate goal. We plan to get there by the end of the year 2020.
The Animal Foundation’s definition of healthy and treatable is based on the Asilomar Accords, a set of guiding principles and standardized definitions produced at a meeting of animal welfare leaders. The purpose of the Asilomar Accords is to create a uniform system across all shelters.
The characterization of specific medical and behavioral conditions that constitute what is healthy and treatable varies from community to community, and therefore, as part of the recommendations from the Asilomar Accords, The Animal Foundation has sought feedback from the Southern Nevada veterinary community and the community at large. The Animal Foundation’s classifications of healthy and treatable are based on the community’s feedback.
Upon full evaluation of the feedback, a pet evaluation matrix will be created and utilized in our shelter practice. We will provide a link to it on the website once it is completed. To view the Asimolar Accords definition of healthy and treatable, click here.
TAF’s top priority is to make sure the animals brought to our campus get the best care possible and, whenever possible, find a positive outcome. We have reached a plateau and are at resource capacity. To increase our ability to save lives in a humane and healthy way, a complete renovation to our Lied Animal Shelter is vital. A new structure to house adoption areas for cats and other small animals (currently operating out of a tent), administration offices, and community education facilities are also necessary.
The project is not designed to increase our capacity to house animals. The new Engelstad Adoption Center and renovated Lied Animal Shelter building will increase our capacity to save lives. We will accomplish this through continuing to lower intake and increase positive placement. We will have the space to support community engagement sessions to teach responsible pet ownership, and space to support Mission: Possible 2020 programs. There will also be get-acquainted rooms, communal cat areas and real-life rooms to allow for more comfortable interactions as interested adopters get to know potential new family members. We know these changes will lead to more adoptions.
$35 million. $32 million will renovate the Lied Animal Shelter building and build the new Engelstad Adoption Center. $3 million will fund lifesaving programs necessary to accomplish Mission: Possible 2020.
Similar to building a hospital, what may appear to be a fairly simple building must meet very strict nationally accepted standards to keep our animals healthy and safe. All surfaces in the animal areas must be disease resistant and able to withstand years of daily sanitation. Robust electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems are required to meet appropriate standards for disease containment. These requirements add significantly to the building and renovation costs for our facilities.
The Animal Foundation is contracted by, and receives funding from local governments to provide animal sheltering services during an animal’s legal hold. On average, this hold period is 72 hours. During this time, medical and other care is provided while we assist owners looking for their lost pets. Once the legal hold period is over, if a pet isn’t reunited with its owner, TAF becomes the owner of that pet, continues to provide care, and assumes all financial and other responsibility. At that point, all lifesaving services including adoption, foster care, community cat programs and others are supported by TAF program revenues and donations.
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