We're Committed to Measuring Results.
Our map highlights where Target Zero has helped communities get to 'zero' and where we're currently working. We define zero as 90% or more of cats and dogs getting out of shelters safely. The remaining 10% or less are accounted for by animals which, regardless of medical treatment, will die from illness and/or large dogs with non-rehabilitative aggression issues.
To see how the entire country is doing to save lives, Best Friends has created an incredibly comprehensive and detailed map.
The Partner Community Initiative was created for communities that either a) don’t yet qualify to become a Fellow but have the strong potential to become one or b) request our support for assessments and recommendations around specific life-saving projects. Learn more here about how the Partner Community Initiative works and please contact us if interested.
CITY AND MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS
On-site city and shelter medical assessments, if they've not already been performed as part of the Fellowship application process, will be carried out. These are the same as the in-depth assessments that are done in Fellow Communities.
PARTNER Community PLAN
Target Zero creates a Partner Community plan and budget. Each community's plan will differ depending on it's needs, but will cover the following categories: data collection and analysis, surrender prevention, community cat diversion, population management, housing/husbandry, enrichment, live release programs, volunteers, staffing/leadership and fundraising.
ORGANIZATIONAL AND BOARD SESSIONS
As with Fellows, Partner organizations are required to participate in Target Zero's assessment and webinars focused specifically on board and leadership development. We believe that getting to zero hinges as much on strong leadership and healthy internal organizational collaboration as it does on community collaboration.
Indianapolis, INTarget Zero has been instrumental in helping our city shelter embrace the Community Cat program and introduce best practice policies to strengthen our efforts to become a target zero community.
- Lisa Tudor, Director, Community Cat Program of FACE
Target Zero is an enthusiastic partner in a community wide, multi-organization effort to increase spay neuter surgeries and reduce the number of homeless animals in Indianapolis. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust applauds their work to improve the state of animal welfare in Marion County.
- Lee Ann Hoy, Program Director, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
When Target Zero came in, they gave me a shot of adrenaline. I allowed them to pressure me and make changes happen. I still can't believe we did it. It was not comfortable and it was not easy, but thank God we did it. They sit down and look at your population and poverty rate, the number of animals coming into the shelter, how many people you have and how many kennels, and come out with what you have to do. It’s not magic; it will happen. (Huntsville got to zero in December 2015)
- Karen Shepherd, Huntsville Shelter Director
I can't thank you enough Target Zero. Having your organization walk along with us has been a tremendous asset. We could not have done this without you giving us the confidence we could do it and a model to follow. Thank you again! (Waco got to zero in December 2015)
- Mayor Malcom Duncan
Pensacola (Escambia County), FL
Since developing a partnership with Target Zero, we have gained significantly in the areas of professional assistance and on site advice. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that I have been developing for ECAS to improve and document procedures relied heavily on the many 'model' procedures used by outstanding shelters around the state and country that were provided by Target Zero. We feel like we have already made a major step forward in achieving “target zero” shelter status thanks to Target Zero!
- Rod Powell, Escambia County Consultant
Target Zero's involvement in Indianapolis, and the credibility their team and assessment of the shelter community brought to our board's decision making process, allowed us to make an educated decision to fund. Our board made the decision to offer grants in Indianapolis not only because of the local passion to get the city to zero, but also because Target Zero had already been on the ground and working with the stakeholders. Their credibility and professionalism was key in our decision to fund. Without them, we would not have progressed as far as we have!
- Deborah Cribbs, Chair, The Joanie Bernard Foundation
Brevard County, FL
Through our agreeing to move to Open Adoptions we had to abandon many of the existing practices which our Board and employees believed to be protecting the welfare of our animals. Though it was a loud and combative several months, we managed to convert to the Open Adoption process in October, 2013. We eliminated the 24 hour waiting period, we stopped doing landlord checks, we stopped calling vets to check clients animal records, we stopped mandatory meet and greet sessions and we changed our 4 page adoption application into a single page adopter profile with open questions. Our adoptions increased in four months from 421 last fiscal year to 748 this fiscal year! That is a 77% increase that would not have taken place without implementing the changes that we have due to our involvement with Target Zero!
- Patrick Fox, Executive Director, SPCA of North Brevard, FL
Dr. Pizano and Cameron Moore have been amazing in helping to get Lafayette on board to begin working towards 'no-kill' status. Not only has Target Zero been helpful in working with Lafayette Consolidated Government and Lafayette Animal Control Center, but you have given Acadiana Animal Aid great advice in growing our organization, you have helped us to implement methods for our operations to evolve in a way to save more companion animals, and have been extremely supportive of us, our obstacles, and our mission. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with such a knowledgeable and fun to be around team like Target Zero.
- Dr. Carley Faughn, Executive Director of Acadiana Animal Aid
Target Zero was a huge help to the Greater Cincinnati animal welfare community. Because of its work, several organizations that previously worked independently began working together and collaborating to save lives and several organizations secured grants with their assistance to provide more spay/neuter surgeries or support shelter upgrades or projects. The relationships and programs put into place with Target Zero’s assistance will positively impact our community through more cat and dog sterilization surgeries and higher save rates at our local shelters.
- Melanie Corwin, Executive Director, United Coalition for Animals
Target Zero is a trusted resource for communities looking to saving all healthy, treatable shelter pets. The Target Zero formula is powerful and effective and utilizes proven best practices that work quickly to save lives. Their expert team has helped positively transform our community and offered guidance every step of the way. The animal care organizations in Nashville have also benefited from Target Zero's relationships with national organizations which helped to elevate awareness about the exciting things happening in our community and attract additional life-saving resources. Nashville is incredibly grateful to be a Fellow City!
- Natalie Corwin, President and CEO Pet Community Center
El Paso, TX
Target Zero was (and still is) instrumental in moving our animal services program forward! Through their initial assessment, and subsequent follow-up assessment, we have dramatically increased our live-release rate. We have a long-road ahead of us, but Target Zero has helped open doors for new staff, grants and program implementation. In a short six-month period, we have implemented many of Target Zero’s recommendations, including creating a stand-alone Department of Animal Services (both shelter and field staff), implemented a Community Cats program (with new ordinance language), started our own adoption program, rewrote our Standard Operating Procedures and enhanced the life-saving mission of the shelter. While our journey is far from over, it is exciting to work with such an incredible partner.
- Kurt Fenstermacher, Interim Animal Services Director
The quality of life for cats and dogs in Waco has improved dramatically because of Target Zero's guidance on community-wide shelter diversion protocols, shelter best practices, a stellar ordinance, and spay/neuter/microchip funding focus. The measurable impacts have been astounding in a short period of time as well. Target Zero created the shift our Texas community needed.
- Carrie Kuehl, Executive Director, Animal Birth Control Clinic
Why are statistics important?
Target Zero uses data to help Fellow and Partner Communities create a Best Practices pathway to zero. For those shelters not in our program, we encourage you to enter your data with Shelter Animals Count.
All shelters should know their live release rate, which includes high-risk populations. In an effort to compare locations, the per capita number is essential. This provides an accurate representation of how many pets are euthanized with regards to the human population in the area served by the shelter(s).
The Euthanasia per Capita is calculated by dividing the number of animals euthanized per year (less the number of owner requested euthanasias) into the human population in thousands. Our goal is for a community to reach two euthanasias per thousand people (2/1000).