By Kay Stout 

orange tabby cat beside fawn short coated puppy
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One size doesn’t fit all. And in animal rescue that misconception all too frequently gets in the way of solving the pet overpopulation problem we face.

Like so many before, the new year brings one’s reflection into focus. The biggest takeaway is the importance of figuring out a way to work together when we seem miles apart. Of course, dogs and cats look to us for answers. They simply want someone to love them, plus food, water and a comfortable place to sleep.  Sounds easy, but it isn’t.

A good home means different things to different dogs. My wake-up call was the success of Pets for Life in a rural Oklahoma community. Thirteen dogs in one house were loved, cared for and happy! Did I have trouble accepting that situation? Yes, I did, but a video is worth a thousand words. The smiling faces on humans and wagging tails on healthy, happy dogs told me to get over myself.

And numbers matter! I was a little slow getting on the bandwagon, but then I’ve always been a fan of words. Numbers? Not so much. However, thanks to a nonprofit board president who showed me the way, I’m a convert.

For those in animal rescue, Shelter Animals Count is a must. And soon AI (Applied Intelligence) will be equally important. Here’s a link to a life-changing pilot program used at Stockton Animal Shelter that is making a big difference in increasing the adoption rates of shelter dogs:

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