Progressive Adoptions that Serve Pets and People
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, at the time a small shelter in rural Leverett, Massachusetts, replaced their "one-size-fits-all" adoption criteria with an open adoption program, where communication with potential adopters is congenial and collaborative rather than bureaucratic and rule-bound.
"You insult far more terrific people while you are trying to 'catch' the rare person doing the wrong thing." Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, on why waiting periods and other rigid adoption policies aren't effective at helping homeless animals.
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This modest organization understands that animal welfare goes far beyond treating animals well. They have taken advantage of information and ideas found on the Internet to improve their service to both pets and people.
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