Matt Bershadker, President of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), released a Position Statement on the responsibilities of effective animal shelters.
Mr. Bershadker discusses the following themes that ensure the improvement of struggling shelters:
- Teamwork – When the very best partner with those who are struggling, more lives are saved and struggling shelters improve.
- Evolution – Shelters must continue to evolve and transform from places where animals go, to places where animals leave. Or better yet, places where animals never enter in the first place.
- Leadership – Community leaders must step up their support for animal services, both financially and philosophically.
- Transparency – President Bershadker defined transparency as “one of the most effective ways to build community trust and support.”