Like any good Las Vegas story, the road to get here has been anything but smooth.The Animal Foundation was founded in 1978 as a small, low-cost spay and neuter clinic. In 1995, the City of Las Vegas asked The Animal Foundation to provide it with animal sheltering services. What was then a small spay and neuter clinic grew to take in approximately 18,000 animals per year.
In 2005, the shelter expanded its local government services to include Clark County and North Las Vegas. Intake numbers grew far beyond what the shelter was prepared for at the time. Almost overnight, the shelter went from taking in 18,000 animals per year to 51,000 per year. That’s more than 130 animals per day.
Despite having the best intentions and attempting to save as many of those animals as possible, the shelter was without proper resources, procedures, and practices in place to provide a humane and safe environment for both animals and people. Something needed to change…and quickly.
In 2007, The Animal Foundation contracted with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to assess the shelter’s practices, procedures, and conditions. HSUS declared a state of emergency and recommended immediate humane euthanasia of an extraordinary number of animals in the shelter’s care. Shelter staff were devastated.
HSUS recommended The Animal Foundation make significant changes to improve animal housing and care, adoptions, and the overall condition of the shelter. It was an overwhelming proposal, but under new leadership, the team committed to fixing the problems and saving more animals.
Over the last several years, the organization has implemented widespread industry best practices and recommendations regarding protocols for animal care and housing, along with many important administrative functions like human resources, accounting and finance, and safety and risk management.
The results of these focused efforts have been extremely successful. In just the past five years, the number of animals coming into the shelter has decreased by 31.8%. The number of animals adopted, returned to their owners, or transferred to partner organizations has increased by 21.8%, and euthanasia has decreased by 63.5%.
YET, THERE IS STILL MORE WORK TO BE DONE. That’s why The Animal Foundation is committed to its new, Mission: Possible 2020 to save all healthy and treatable animals that enter our care by the end of the year 2020. The Foundation invites you to support its new vision of providing a humane and compassionate community for all animals.