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What Shelter Revolution means – Interview with Thomas Cole [Audio]

Every time I’ve visited or volunteered at one of my favorite shelters/rescues, I leave feeling sorry for the dogs, sitting in their cold concrete runs behind steel bars. Looking at you, waiting to be taken out for a walk or to be patted. Dogs and cats kept in cages, barking and whining to get your attention and a little affection.

If you have ever visited a shelter or kennel facility you know what I mean. I have seen some ugly stuff and heard some ugly stories, but it always touches me; even I pretend to be tough. Most of the visits are heartbreaking. Visits to L.A. shelters are even worse knowing that most of these dogs and cats will get killed if they’re not adopted. I remember my first visit exactly, when one of the volunteer staff said: “After a few months, you get used to it.” I never got used to it.

Thomas wants an adoption center like this

Thomas Cole reached out to us a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share his new and innovative model of a communal open living area for dogs and cats.  A new adoption center concept – no cages, no isolated cats and dogs, no runs, no stressed dogs and cats. Sounds great, right? That’s what every animal lover wants to see. A peaceful environment where dogs and cats live together until they get adopted. When we heard about this new model and visited the shelter revolution’s website, my grandparents’ farm came to mind. We wanted to learn more about it.

We had the great pleasure of talking to Thomas Cole of Shelter Revolution, an expert, an animal advocate, a person who is dedicated to educating and changing the current sheltering model of homeless pets in the U.S. We talked about the pros and cons, we learned how shelters operate and how easy it is to implement this new innovative model.

Shelter Revolution by PackPeople NEW: We’ve made it even easier to listen to our audio interviews! This audio is 31.16 minutes of highly interesting and educational content. Use the little flags in the blue bar in the SoundCloud Player to navigate through the questions and content. Get this interview as a Podcast here.

Tom & Kula At Cub Foods

About the interviewee: ” I’m not trying to “reform” our nation’s animal shelters. I leave that to others. I believe a whole new model, a paradigm shift, is needed. Where laws and reform efforts focus on the bad guys, my Adoption Center model will appeal to the good guys. This new model will make far more impact than any laws ever can.” 

Thomas Cole is the Executive Director at Shelter Revolution and a Dog Rehabilitation Specialist at Dr Doolittle’s Safe Haven. He ran a large shelter & sanctuary with animal control contract and worked with farm, domestic and wild animals. As a visionary he is working hard to improve the animal shelter industry. Introducing new Adoption Center model to replace antiquated and failed shelter models. He is also dedicated to bring rescue groups and shelter togethers to end shelter killing through the rehabilitation of sheltered animals with behavior issues.

Memphis - New Facility (Filthy Cage)(Feb 28, '12
Fancy but isolated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas’s recommendations:

Websites:
•  Cat House On The Kings (California)
•  Spirit Animal Sanctuary (New York)
•  Olympic Animal Sanctuary (Washington)

Shelter Revolution Videos:
•  Our Adoption Center model
•  Shelters as prisons
•  Progress? Where are we today?
•  “Boutique” shelters
•  “Big Four” Video

•  Austin’s “State of The Art” $12mm prison facility

Shelter Revolution

Web: http://www.shelterrevolution.org

Facebook: Shelter Revolution

Thomas Cole’s Blog: http://www.arc-na.org

Spreading the word can help save lives! If you liked the interview please share it with your community or feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for making an impact!

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Adopt a senior dog! Muttville's story and gray muzzles.

Muttville is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice, povides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from the Founder of Muttville Sherri Franklin. We’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping old dogs.

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue – http://www.muttville.org

Founded 2007 in San Francisco

Interviewee: Sherri Franklin (Founder) / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
MUTTVILLEInterview by PackPeople

Facebook: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Twitter: @Muttville

Websites Sherri would like to mention are:

Pet-friendly travel sites – www.petswelcome.com www.PetTravel.com

Fun sites, like – www.dogster.com

San Francisco SPCA – www.sfspca.org

Please check out Muttville Senior Dog Rescue upcoming events here: http://www.muttville.org/news_and_events and don’t miss the big fun event in July:

Third annual Moolah for Mutts – Night of 1000 Mutts

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Found Animals Foundation – Pet Advisor – Interview with Aimee Gilbreath,

The Found Animals® Foundation is an LA-based non-profit organization devoted to saving the lives of animals and solving the problem of animal overpopulation. The foundation is dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals. Founded by Dr. Gary Michelson,  the organization does everything from working with local shelters to finding homes for strays to offering multi-million dollar incentives for research on animal sterilization. The popular “Adopt and Shop” is just one of the successful projects of Found Animals Foundation, a pet shop with an integrated adoption center which opened up 2 month ago located in Lakewood CA 90712.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from Executive Director Aimee Gilbreath. We’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping animals.

Found Animals Foundation – http://www.foundanimals.org

Interviewee: Aimee Gilbreath (Executive Director) / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
FoundAnimalsInterview by PackPeople

Facebook: Found Animals Foundation

Twitter: @FoundAnimalsOrg

Websites Aimee would like to mention are:

The Humane Society – www.humanesociety.org

Bad Rap – www.badrap.org

Please check out Found Animals Foundations upcoming events here: http://www.foundanimals.org/get-involved/events and don’t miss the big event in June:

Adopt-a-Thon Cat days of summer http://www.foundanimals.org/cat-days-summer/pet-adopt-a-thon

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Pictures of the team  – work – volunteers – dogs and events of www.foundanimals.org

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Animal Protection through Intervention and Prevention! Our Interview with spcaLA.

One of the oldest corporations in California, spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877. Donations fund their programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, a Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education and a variety of shelter services.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein. We’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping animals.

spcaLA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles

http://www.spcala.com

Founded in: 1877

Interviewee: Madeline Bernstein (President) / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (packpeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:

SocietyforthePreventionofCrueltytoAnimalsInterview by packpeople

Facebook: spcaLA

Twitter: @spcaLA

Check out spcaLA’s upcoming events: http://spcala.com/special_events/spcalaevents.php and spcaLA’s pets on TV http://spcala.com/coverage/tv.php

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Say NO to Puppy mills!

Commercial dog breeding in puppy mills

Puppy mills are just profit orientated commercial dog breeding facilities.  Several different breeds for pet stores are bred  in puppy mills under horrifying conditions. Operators of puppy mills do not pay attention  to health and genetic diseases due to inbreeding. Mass-producing pets for profit is horrible and should be stopped by now! The real victims are the female adults, they have to give birth every single heat cycle and never get out of their cages. Kept outside in small cages, no matter it’s cold, hot or raining. No exercise, no health care, no social contacts. These dogs are inbred and over bred, just to provide the pet stores with new fuel.