- Rescue Incentives (maybe this can come from pledges/donations) for rescues that may be able to pull some of your longer stay dogs or ones that need behavior support.
- Diversifying your rescue partnerships- build more rescue outlets with groups that may be lower volume but have a niche and a specialty - groups that like the shy/scaredies, or active, hiking dogs, or big blocky headed loves for example. 1-2 dogs here and there can add up and make a difference. - Rescue partner recognition, if a group has come through and pulled one of your longer stay pets- recognizing them and thanking them publicly on social media (with their permission) can go a long way to keep the partnership going and may encourage other groups.- Ask rescues individually if they would be willing to plea to their foster base, even if it takes a couple weeks- individual reach out vs a mass email can be more meaningful and yield a better response. Lastly, knowing that you most likely will continue to see dogs that have special behavior needs, can't say enough about building up your in house behavior support and marketing efforts, in addition to all the great HASS programming you're doing to keep them out of the shelter in the first place. So many behavior challenges are caused by the stressful shelter environment, so if you can prevent it on the front end- that's a huge win! Hope that helps!
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