Animal Shelter, Inc.

"Every Nose Needs A Home"

aka Sterling Shelter, Sterling Animal Shelter, ASI   |   Sterling, MA   |  https://www.sterlingshelter.org/

Mission

The shelter exists to provide humane sheltering and high quality medical care for stray, unwanted, abused and neglected animals and to find loving, lifelong homes for orphaned pets. Dedicated to finding good homes for adoptable pets we continue to promote responsible pet ownership and improve the quality of life for the animals/people in our community. The Shelter is supported entirely by donations from private individuals and through surrender and adoption fees. Our on-site veterinary clinic cares for over 5,000+ animals that come through our facility yearly and provides a low/no cost spay/neuter, general wellness program assisting local animal control officers, shelters and breed rescues. We do all of this without ANY funding through the city or state relying 100% on donations.

Notes from the nonprofit

At the Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling we share a core belief that we will only help animals by working proactively and compassionately with people. Reflected in all of our programs and services is our belief that people and animals are inherently good. We strive to create a judgment-free and caring environment for all community members seeking our services, whether they are surrendering a pet, adopting or utilizing our low-cost services. This philosophy is shared with all employees and volunteers. We have a streamlined adoption process and have a more positive way of connecting people and animals. There are no lengthy applications and screening processes. Instead, we want to engage in conversation with prospective adopters. If we start from a perspective that people are coming to us with the best intentions, we will have a much better success rate of finding life-long matches. Our shelter has several dozen programs for people and pets! www.sterlingshelter.org

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Mrs Leigh Grady

Main address

17 Laurelwood Rd

Sterling, MA 01564 USA

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EIN

04-3236868

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently our on-site low/no cost spay/neuter clinic is in desperate need of expansion and to add ISOLATION space to TREAT INFECTIOUS illnesses vs euthanizing. A dedicated space is urgently needed as many shelters euthanize pets that can easily be treated but can not be in the general population. Due to our high volume of transports we are seeing more URI/or skin issues like ringworm – all of which are 100% treatable but highly infectious. Further, our onsite vet clinic was set up to perform care only for our shelter pets, many of which come to us from long term partnerships on a weekly basis. Our high volume transport programs from the south for both dogs & cats that are in jeopardy of being euthanized but thanks to our life saving transports come to us, are provided vet care until adopted. Our adoption rate for the past 5+ years is 98-99% and 100% of the pets are s/n PRIOR to adoption. Because of the enormous demand and lack of resources in our area, we have also opened to the public

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Operation Pit Stop

Established May 2013 - Our on-site veterinary clinic offers "Operation Pit Stop” to encourage responsible pit bull ownership and ultimately lower the euthanasia rate of the breed, which is currently facing an epidemic of homelessness. Sadly, this breed is the most common type of dog surrendered to adoption centers and found as strays and represent a majority of the dogs euthanized each year at shelters and animal control facilities. Our shelter offers a special discounted rate of $75 (spay OR neuter – Proof of valid rabies vaccine must be presented in the form of a certificate NOT a tag otherwise state law requires vaccination prior to surgery) for owners of Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes. Operation Pit Stop offers a responsible solution to reducing the population of Pit Bulls to a manageable number through affordable spaying and neutering. Healthy dogs over the age of 8 weeks and weighing at least 2 pounds are eligible for surgery. Additional vaccinations and micro-chips are offered at the time of surgery only. Please contact your own veterinarian for ongoing wellness services. Our staff reserves the right to deny any aggressive/sick animals to this program. For more information/questions or to schedule an appointment please call 978-422-8449 or email [email protected]

Population(s) Served

- Effective February 15th, 1999 - the Animal Shelter Inc. spays / neuters all animals they leave the shelter.  This includes puppies and kittens as young as 6 weeks. We maintain a 100% compliance rate and will NOT adopt un-neutered animals UNLESS it is a MEDICAL necessity due to age, complications and/or known congenital defects, which may risk the pet's life. Early age spay and neuter is the surgical sterilization of companion animals prior to the conventional age of 6 months. For an increasing number of shelters it can mean 100% sterilization compliance rates, fewer returned animals, and improved staff morale. While it may seem that interest in early spay/neuter is a recent phenomenon, it has not only been talked about, but it has been practiced for over 25 years in North America!

Population(s) Served

Established July 2000 - A Death Row Puppy Rescue Mission -Rescuing and re-homing puppies/dogs from Virginia - destined to die in the gas chambers. Currently we work with dozens of rural community kill shelters, animal control facilities and pounds. Here at our shelter, they are spayed or neutered and provided any needed vet care and found loving homes! We have rescued and re-homed thousands of dogs and puppies through this program. We've also been working with shelters in Tennessee – Louisiana – Mississippi - Alabama -Louisiana - Texas - the Carolina's (North and South) and Texas.

Population(s) Served

-Established January 2001 – our shelter provides free and low cost spaying/neutering for pet owners that have recently surrendered offspring of their pet/s. Those pets who enter this program must meet specific criteria for our services. It is our goal to accept the juveniles into our shelter (where they will be spayed or neutered before adoption), spay the mother (and father) dog/cat so they do not become repeat offenders of continual litters reproducing in our community. Prior to instituting this program, we repeatedly saw multiple litters of puppies/kittens coming from the same household. We have spayed hundreds of dogs/cats that would have otherwise kept delivering puppies/kittens in to our community.

– Established 2003 - our shelter clinic also provides low/no cost spay/neuter, treatment, vaccination care for several dozen breed rescue organizations, cat rescue programs and smaller shelters that do not have funds or veterinary care available to them. Each month on a space available basis we provide AT COST medical care for these non profit organizations so they are able to adopt out pets maintaining a 100% compliance rate on spay/neuter PRIOR to adoption. To date our shelter vet staff has performed thousands of surgeries/treatments and medical procedures for several dozen organizations. Additionally, our shelter collects and donates thousands of pounds of pet food and supplies for groups less fortunate than ours.

– Established September 2003 – The staff, vets and volunteers at our shelter have partnered with rescue organizations in the Caribbean islands to spay/neuter and provide general veterinary care for the animals of their community at NO COST. In the Caribbean there is no money and no governmental support for animals. Our newest program is to assemble a vet team one to two times a year and travel to the most remote parts of the Caribbean (and beyond) to assist the poorest of people care for their pets. Spay/Neuter is our most important focus as well as education, proper nutrition, and ID collars for the pets. Not only do we spay or neuter their pets, we continue to collect donations and supplies to send every couple of months. 100% of the trip, supplies and materials are donated or funds are raised specifically for these trips. Our shelter staff and vets have traveled to Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico, and the Galapagos Islands.  

– Established August 2004 – trained shelter staff and veterinarians travel to natural and man made disasters to assist animals in need. Rescue, recovery and rehabilitation are the main focus. 100% of the trip/s are funded through our donations. Our shelter is proud to have assisted after Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Katrina.

 – Established Spring 2006 – an intra-state kitten (and cat) relocation program assisting overburdened euthanasia shelters in Massachusetts. Spring through fall (which is high volume kitten season for shelters in New England) - our shelter accepts felines from shelters that are filled to capacity and that face euthanasia for lack of space. Our shelter absorbs 100% of the costs to spay/neuter, test, vaccinate and care for these felines until they are adopted. To date we have accepted several HUNDRED felines through this program that would otherwise be euthanized through no fault of their own.

Population(s) Served

Established January 2001 – our shelter provides free and low cost spaying/neutering for pet owners that have recently surrendered offspring of their pet/s. Those pets who enter this program must meet specific criteria for our services. It is our goal to accept the juveniles into our shelter (where they will be spayed or neutered before adoption), spay the mother (and father) dog/cat so they do not become repeat offenders of continual litters reproducing in our community. Prior to instituting this program, we repeatedly saw multiple litters of puppies/kittens coming from the same household. We have spayed hundreds of dogs/cats that would have otherwise kept delivering puppies/kittens in to our community.

– Established 2003 - our shelter clinic also provides low/no cost spay/neuter, treatment, vaccination care for several dozen breed rescue organizations, cat rescue programs and smaller shelters that do not have funds or veterinary care available to them. Each month on a space available basis we provide AT COST medical care for these non profit organizations so they are able to adopt out pets maintaining a 100% compliance rate on spay/neuter PRIOR to adoption. To date our shelter vet staff has performed thousands of surgeries/treatments and medical procedures for several dozen organizations. Additionally, our shelter collects and donates thousands of pounds of pet food and supplies for groups less fortunate than ours.

– Established September 2003 – The staff, vets and volunteers at our shelter have partnered with rescue organizations in the Caribbean islands to spay/neuter and provide general veterinary care for the animals of their community at NO COST. In the Caribbean there is no money and no governmental support for animals. Our newest program is to assemble a vet team one to two times a year and travel to the most remote parts of the Caribbean (and beyond) to assist the poorest of people care for their pets. Spay/Neuter is our most important focus as well as education, proper nutrition, and ID collars for the pets. Not only do we spay or neuter their pets, we continue to collect donations and supplies to send every couple of months. 100% of the trip, supplies and materials are donated or funds are raised specifically for these trips. Our shelter staff and vets have traveled to Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico, and the Galapagos Islands.  

– Established August 2004 – trained shelter staff and veterinarians travel to natural and man made disasters to assist animals in need. Rescue, recovery and rehabilitation are the main focus. 100% of the trip/s are funded through our donations. Our shelter is proud to have assisted after Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Katrina.

 – Established Spring 2006 – an intra-state kitten (and cat) relocation program assisting overburdened euthanasia shelters in Massachusetts. Spring through fall (which is high volume kitten season for shelters in New England) - our shelter accepts felines from shelters that are filled to capacity and that face euthanasia for lack of space. Our shelter absorbs 100% of the costs to spay/neuter, test, vaccinate and care for these felines until they are adopted. To date we have accepted several HUNDRED felines through this program that would otherwise be euthanized through no fault of their own.

Population(s) Served

Established February, 1999 - Our shelter has maintained a 100% compliance rate on spay/neuter of all animals before they leave the shelter. This includes puppies and kittens as young as 8 weeks UNLESS there is a MEDICAL necessity that would cause fatal complications or risk the pet's life. Early age spay / neuter is the surgical sterilization of companion animals prior to the conventional age of 6 months. For shelters it can mean 100% sterilization compliance rates, fewer returned animals, and improved staff morale.

Population(s) Served

Established May 1999 - a joint life-saving venture with animal rescues of Puerto Rico. Hundreds of homeless, neglected animals are rescued, rehabilitated and flown to our shelter each year, where they find loving, lifelong homes. These dogs known as "Satos" (mixed breed street dogs) are spayed or neutered, provided any necessary vet care and found loving homes! To date our shelter has rescued and re-homed thousands of these amazing dogs/puppies.

Population(s) Served

Established January 2001 – our shelter provides low/no cost spaying/neutering for pet owners that have recently surrendered a litter. Pets who enter this program must meet specific criteria for our services. It is our goal to accept the litter (where they will be spayed/neutered and receive any necessary medical prior to adoption), spay the mother (and/or neuter the father) dog/cat so they do not become repeat offenders of continual litters reproducing in our community. Prior to instituting this program, we repeatedly saw multiple litters of puppies/kittens coming from the same household. We have spayed hundreds of dogs/cats that would have otherwise kept delivering puppies/kittens in to our community. IF YOU KNOW OF A PET THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM PLEASE CONTACT OUR SHELTER 978-422-8585 or email [email protected]

Population(s) Served

Established 2003 - our on-site veterinary clinic provides low cost spay/neuter and medical care for several dozen N.E. Animal organizations that do not have funds or veterinary care available to them. This program allows other organizations to adopt out pets maintaining a 100% compliance rate on spay/neuter PRIOR to adoption. To date our clinic has performed thousands of surgeries/treatments and medical procedures for several dozen groups. Additionally, our shelter collects and donates thousands of pounds of pet food and supplies each month for animal welfare organizations in need and less fortunate than ours.

Population(s) Served

Established September 2003 – The staff, vets and volunteers at our shelter have partnered with rescue organizations in the Caribbean islands to spay/neuter and provide general veterinary care for the animals of their community at NO COST. In the Caribbean there is no money or governmental support for animals. Spay/Neuter is our most important focus as well as education, proper nutrition, and ID collars for the pets. 100% of the trip, supplies and materials are donated or raised funds specifically for these trips. Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico, and the Galapagos Islands have all received our assistance.

Population(s) Served

Established September 2003 - The "Bone Badge" Girl Scout Pet Care patch is offered. The girls have a minimum number of lessons in kindness to perform in order to earn their patch. The program and all the lessons are age appropriate for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes/Seniors. The girls learn how to be safe around animals, how to properly care for a pet, importance of having proper identification on pets, and the importance of medical care. We have educated hundreds of girls through this program.

Population(s) Served

Established September 2003 – a formal program for kids that are to young to help IN our shelter. The kids have the ability to tour our shelter, learn about community involvement and the importance of volunteering. Children get a behind the scenes tour of the shelter and are educated on a variety of animal welfare topics including basic animal care, the responsibility of owning a pet, how to be safe around pets, importance of spaying and neutering, and what THEY can do to help the pets in our shelter and community.

Population(s) Served

Established August 2004 – disaster animal rescue trained shelter staff and veterinarians travel to natural and man-made disasters to assist animals in need. Rescue, recovery and rehabilitation are the main focus. 100% of the trips are funded through donations. Our shelter is proud to have assisted after Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.

Population(s) Served

Established January 2005 – Updated program in 2012 - Tufts University 4th year vet students spend one week rotations in our on-site shelter veterinary clinic providing them hands on surgical experience. Over 60 students rotate through this program each year where they perform several dozen spays/neuters and other miscellaneous surgical procedures they would never be permitted to do in a private practice vet hospital. We have the opportunity to educate the students about pet overpopulation problems, pediatric spay/neuter procedures and protocols (practiced in few veterinary hospitals/shelters throughout all of the United States), shelter medicine and herd health/management. New graduates will leave school with a sense of accomplishment and passion and we hope "give back" to the homeless animals in their community in the future. Many of our externs have gone on to specialize and focus in shelter medicine and are currently working with shelters nationally! In addition, many of the students have gone on to develop official Shelter Medicine programs in their own Colleges which proves that this program is extremely beneficial.

Population(s) Served

Established 2014 - Our shelter accepts recent veterinary graduates who spend 1 day a week for 2 weeks - in our on-site veterinary clinic allowing them to gain valuable hands on surgical experience, education about shelter medicine, techniques on high volume/pediatric spay and neuter which ultimately helps them become better doctors while practicing in their own hospitals. We accept an average of 30-40 doctors each year.

Population(s) Served

Established January 2006 – each year our shelter receives countless numbers of pets that are not immediately suitable for adoption. Pets that might be in need of medical care / treatment, socialization, behavioral evaluations and training, or may be too young to be spayed/neutered and sheltered for adoption at our facility. Our foster care families each have a niche to provide a life-saving option for pets that would otherwise be left as strays on the street, euthanized for behavior or medical reasons and passed over for potential adoption. Many of our foster families have a "specialty” within the foster program – from feral feline rehabilitation, providing basic medical care and treatments, capability of evaluating and modifying behavioral issues or just a loving, warm, safe environment to allow our juvenile animals to grow in to young dogs/cats. Foster animals lives saved 2010: 503 - 2011: 100 animals - 2012: 85 animals 2013: 75 animals 2014: 40 animals

Population(s) Served

Established January 2006 – volunteers are critical to our organizations mission. Our shelter formalized a volunteer program which accepts volunteers 17 years and older. Formal orientations are held each month that walk potential volunteers through our shelter goals, missions and programs. Our volunteers have a variety of tasks they can participate in, including hands on pet care, administrative tasks and events. Over the past years our shelter has benefited from hundreds of volunteers assisting our shelter, collectively donating several thousand hours of their time. Volunteer hours 2007: 4747 - 2008: 3500 - 2009: 4859 - 2010: 6592 - 2011: 5749.5 - 2012: 2873.5 2013: 3483 2014 - 4108 hours w/ 106 volunteers.

Population(s) Served

Established Spring 2006 – an intra-state kitten (and cat) relocation program assisting overburdened euthanasia shelters in Massachusetts. Spring through fall (which is high volume kitten season for shelters in New England) - our shelter accepts felines from shelters that are filled to capacity and that face euthanasia for lack of space. Our shelter absorbs 100% of the costs to spay/neuter, test, vaccinate and care for these felines until they are adopted. Each year, we accepted several HUNDRED felines EACH YEAR through this program that would otherwise be euthanized through no fault of their own. In 2015 our shelter started similar rescue programs for the felines from shelters in New Jersey, Texas and Puerto Rico and additional southern shelters.

Population(s) Served

Established 2010 – offering low cost spay/neuter for feral cats. Ferals lives are short and usually harsh. They struggle to find food and water in an environment filled with the constant threats of disease, starvation, cruelty and predation. They are the abandoned, the lost and the wild. The number of feral cats in the U.S. is estimated to be in the tens of millions. Sadly, many communities still opt to control populations using outdated methods, including lethal elimination or relocation. Not only are some of these methods horribly cruel, they are also highly ineffective. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies. For more information/questions or to schedule an appointment please call 978-422-8449 or email [email protected]

Population(s) Served

Established 2012 – For pet owners that are no longer able to care for their pets or if the pets should outlive the owner, the owner becomes ill and can no longer care for the pets, we will immediately finalize arrangements with the pet owners representative, family member, or executor to have their pets transported to our facilities for care, housing and medical treatment – where the pet will safely reside with us until adopted. This program is available to pets regardless of where they reside. For information [email protected]

Population(s) Served

Spring 2013 – our on-site veterinary clinic offers low cost spay/neuter for friendly, healthy dogs and cats to the public. Vaccination and micro-chipping are optional, but to participate in the program, pets must receive spay or neuter services. Most importantly - This program is NOT limited by income requirements. The clinic can discuss options for pricing on other vaccines/tests – a valid RABIES vaccine is mandatory per state law before or at the shelter before we surgery. Our staff veterinarian has the right to refuse surgery if the pet is aggressive/sick. For more information/questions or to schedule an appointment please call 978-422-8449 or email [email protected]

Population(s) Served

OUR SHELTER BELIEVES IN BUILDING STEPS TOWARD AN "ADOPTERS WELCOME” ADOPTION PROGRAM
Building an "Adopters Welcome” adoption program starts with a philosophical commitment to celebrating people’s willingness to adopt, meeting them where they are in terms of their attitudes and understanding of pet care and investing in their success with guidance and practical support. Putting this philosophy into practice requires several steps:

Population(s) Served

Established 2015 - our shelter assists other shelters/rescues in the South that are forced to euthanize friendly, healthy adoptable cats and kittens for space. Our shelter arranges and pays for the transportation of these felines so they can come to our shelter where they are spayed/neutered and adopted to loving, lifelong homes.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Hometown Heroes 1998

Worcester Magazine

Most Valuable Partnership 2003

VCA Animal Hospitals

Most Valued Non Profit Organization 2002

Worcester County - Senator and State Official

MVP for Responding to Hurricane Charley FL 2004

United Animal Nations - Emergency Rescue Services

Affiliations & memberships

American Humane Association 2000

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Early Spay / Neuter Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2016 - 98.6% adoption rate - 2015 - 98.7% adoption rate and in 2014 our adoption rate was 98%. Each year our average adoption rate is 98%+

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Foster Family Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year our shelter receives many pets that are not immediately suitable for adoption treatment, socialization, behavioral evaluations and training, or may be too young to be spayed/neutered

Goals & Strategy

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Our animal shelter and on-site low cost s/n clinic run 100% on surrender/adoption fees and donations and an occasional grant. We are NOT funded by the city/state/town. So anything we do requires us to pursue grants and fundraising. Currently our greatest need is the expansion of our animal shelters on-site vet clinic. Though we are fortunate enough to have our own on-site vet clinic. Currently our vet clinic is open Monday - Thursday 4 (ten) hour days and the demand for our services exceeds our abilities to help and has created a wait list for people/pets to get an appointment for spay/neuter at affordable rates. We would like to double the size of our clinic and potentially add additional days/staff to provide much needed services for a community that has so few options. When we initially built our on-site clinic it was used strictly for only OUR shelter animals. However, we saw there was such a high demand not only from our own community - but also the many rescue organizations/shelters and Animal Control Officers that are in need of affordable vet care/services so THEY can also maintain a 100% compliance rate on s/n prior to adoption. We work with several dozen other rescue groups/shelters to also provide them with affordable, low cost vet services (not only s/n but also dental work, orthopedic, eye/ear surgeries and whatever we can do for them in our clinic). Our clinic also has additional programs for animal groups, the public and their pets. You can learn more about our various programs at https://sterlingshelterclinic.org/about/ - So our ultimate goal is to double the size of our clinic and add additional days and staff to continue providing vet care for our shelter and privates/shelters/rescues/ACO's. We are in need of having an official reception area for intake/paperwork/discharge, an exam room or two, and most importantly CAGE SPACE. Our clinic surgical days and pets that we can provide spay/neuter to are limited to the amount of cages and space we have for holding/recovery so that the pets are able to be safely monitored by our staff and have them IN the same building/space. Currently we have only 5-6 cages that comfortably hold adult dogs that are bigger than 40 pounds and only a dozen cages that we can use for felines. Ideally we would have 2 or 3 times the number of cages so our doctor can be using her full potential and safely spaying/neutering up to 40-50 pets PER DAY. Our current doctors are Humane Alliance trained and are experienced in safe high quality, high volume s/n surgeries! Our average number of surgeries we are doing NOW is only about 20-30. Our clinic is about 800 square feet but probably only 1/3 of that is actual space for the staff due to cages/tables/washer and dryer/and storage or miscellaneous equipment. Trying to work with limited holding cages, and the staff (3 techs to 1 doctor plus 1 admin person is really difficult not only physically but PATIENTLY is pretty hard on a daily basis!

We are currently researching grants and funding that would help us to expand our clinic as well as grow the programs we currently offer the public, other rescue organizations and any animal related organizations. We truly believe that shelters/rescues should be working together to help the animals. Our shelter is fortunate to have a handful of supporters and staff or volunteers family members who are full time professional contractors, HVAC, flooring, plumbers and electricians who will be able to buy the majority of clinic expansion supplies at cost. Many of these amazing supporters also provide either free or discounted labor to help us with any renovations and additions we do at the shelter or clinic. Over the past 15+ years we have successfully renovated and expanded multiple areas of our shelter - clinic and property. We are currently finishing an enormous project where we gutted our an eyesore of a swamp in front of the shelter to re-build a beautiful, use-able space to do meet/greets for potential dog adopters, host events, and help to open up previous unused space to a beautiful new space that's now able to be used http://bit.ly/2wYa8ht.

We had previously drawn up blue prints for the expansion and we expect the town will allow us to do the expansion as there are no logistical or ecological concerns. The last thing we need to do is secure funding and apply for grants for our clinic and isolation expansion. Finally, we can start helping many more thousands of animals each year, continue life saving partnerships, grow our programs for people and pets and most importantly - SAVE MORE LIVES!

A leader in our field, The Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling is a happy, clean, well run, family friendly animal shelter with progressive programs that improves lives by raising the bar for animal care in our shelter and community. We are an established organization committed to placing animals in caring homes through innovative programs and placement services.
At the Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling we share a core belief that we will only help animals by working proactively and compassionately with people. Reflected in all of our programs and services is our belief that people and animals are inherently good. We strive to create a judgment-free and caring environment for all community members seeking our services, whether they are surrendering a pet, adopting or utilizing our low-cost services. This philosophy is shared with all employees and volunteers. We have a streamlined adoption process and have a more positive way of connecting people and animals. There are no lengthy applications and screening processes. Instead, we want to engage in conversation with prospective adopters. If we start from a perspective that people are coming to us with the best intentions, we will have a much better success rate of finding life-long matches. To see the dozens of programs our shelter has started for pets and people pls see https://www.sterlingshelter.org/humane-society - we offer so many programs that benefit both people and pets. We hope our next program will be the expansion of the clinic/isolation area so we can grow these programs even more - and add additional ones that we can learn will benefit everyone involved.

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Animal Shelter, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Carlton Grady


Board co-chair

Lisa Ramos

paralegal

Term: 1998 -

Carlton Grady

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Lisa Ramos

none

Leigh Grady

none

Joanna Reck

Board member

Karen Fortier

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