Community Programs

In addition to caring for over 400 cats and dogs every day at the sanctuary, we offer several community outreach programs:

 

We offer a low cost Spay and Neuter Program to qualifying  low-income pet owners. For more information, email: Office@odas.org

Reasons to spay/neuter your pet:

  • Spaying or neutering a pet can help it live a longer, healthier life. Research has proved that spayed or neutered pets are less likely to develop reproductive-related health problems such as ovarian and testicular cancer. In fact, many believe that the earlier in life a dog or cat is altered, the better.
  • Without the urge to mate, a companion animal is more likely to focus on on its guardian which provides a closer bond with the pet.
  • Pets who get out and look for a mate faces the dangers of getting hit by a car, getting in to a fight with another animal and being exposed to a disease from another animal.
  • Spaying or neutering a pet also helps to eliminate the pet overpopulation problem.

 

Open Door’s Humane Education Program brings pets to the classroom to teach children the basics of responsible pet care, humane treatment of animals, cat and dog safety, and, most importantly, compassion and empathy for other living things. Our staff, accompanied by specially-selected shelter residents, share these messages with thousands of local young people per year. For more information, contact: cheryl@odas.org  Although our humane education programs are free, we do recommend students get involved by collecting donations of desperately needed pet products that they can present to the shelter. Click Here for a list of items needed.

 

Open Door’s Pet Food Pantry Program offers assistance serves low-income individuals by providing supplemental food for companion animals. Approximately two weeks of food per month can be provided to enable individuals to keep their pets despite financial difficulties. This

program is not intended to provide all the food necessary to sustain a pet, rather a supplement to help in a difficult time.

Families of the Pet Food Pantry Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Individuals must show proof of their low-income status. This includes Social Security Award Letters, Unemployment Award Letters, Disability Award Letters, Medical Cards, etc.
  • All animals must be spayed or neutered and verification must be provided. (Note: If an animal is not spayed/neutered, it may be eligible for our low-cost Spay/Neuter Program. For information on this program, please contact: office@odas.org

Individuals who meet these requirements are eligible to receive food once per month – subject to availability of food. For more information, contact: office@odas.org

 

We provide guidance on how to manage feral cat colonies.  Open Door’s Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) Program helps reduce the feral cat population in Jefferson County and ultimately reduce the number of cats entering local shelters each year. For more information, contact: tracie@odas.org

What is Trap-Neuter-Return?

  • Trap: Humanely trap all of the cats in a colony (a group of cats living outdoors together).
  • Neuter: Take the cats in their traps to a veterinarian or clinic to be neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (a universal symbol indicating they have been neutered).
  • Return: Return the cats to their original outdoor home.