Target Zero In The News

Target Zero Receives $750,000 to Help More Communities Across the U.S. Increase Lifesaving, Thanks to Maddie

Posted on: 03-02-2017
"Target Zero is a fantastic resource for communities who are wanting to achieve the lifesaving success other communities have already achieved, but may not know where or how to start," said Shelly Thompson, Director of Grants. "They work hand-in-hand with these communities to implement best practices, oftentimes helping to educate constituents and key stakeholders in their government."

New York Times: How Smart Animal Shelters Aim For 'Zero Kill'

Posted on: 12-22-2015
If these approaches were saving the lives of so many animals, why wasn’t everyone using them? The answer: somebody needed to identify the best practices, assemble them in an easy-to-understand program, and set out to deliver them systematically to where they were most needed.

Changing Minds, Taking Partners to Save Dogs and Cats in the Waco Area

Posted on: 05-17-2015
Through a strong partnership between the city of Waco, the Humane Society of Central Texas, animal welfare groups such as Fuzzy Friends and the Animal Birth Control Clinic, the city animal shelter has gone from a paltry 36 percent rate of stray and unwanted shelter animals being adopted or fostered in late 2012 to more than 90 percent this year (and 92 percent last month).

Anderson County's No Kill Transition

Posted on: 06-19-2017
Last fall some important changes were made in the operation of the shelter. Target Zero did a consultation. The changes have been dramatically successful and the shelter’s live release rate is running at 92% so far in 2017.

Memphis Hopes To Save More Animals With New Program

Posted on: 05-05-2017
Memphis Animal Services will reduce intake hours and begin releasing lost pet notifications via social media platform NextDoor as it works to stop euthanasia for space and time within three years. The new hours are part of the MAS Safety Net Program, a set of initiatives designed to push owners and people who pick up strays to explore alternatives to the animal shelter. The "managed...

FOTAS: 'Rigorous' Community Cat Diversion Program Solution To Shelter Intake Issue

Posted on: 04-06-2017

The answer to the Aiken County Animal Shelter's continued uptick in intake begins with expanding its trap-neuter-return and spay and neuter voucher programs, its volunteer group said Tuesday.

There is success in the shelter's numbers when it comes to animals saved, said Jennifer Miller, president of Friends of the Animal Shelter, or FOTAS.

In three years, there has been a 50 percent increase of...

New Face of Memphis Animal Services Begins to Show

Posted on: 03-31-2017
When you walk through the doors of Memphis Animal Services, you may not recognize the place. Euthanasia rates are low. Relationships with local rescue groups are strong. Community outreach is booming. And there’s a new director at the helm: Alexis Pugh, a fresh pair of hands for a shelter that has had a rocky past.
But Pugh can’t take all the credit for the upward trend at MAS: past directors...

Out the Front Door: Target Zero’s Kentucky Initiative

Posted on: 03-28-2017

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Sara Pizano and Cameron Moore, the principal consultants for Target Zero (TZ). A lot has happened since I last spoke with them a year ago, including a very exciting new project in Kentucky that is already showing encouraging results.

TZ’s business plan is to help open-admission shelters adopt best practices that will allow them to save...

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