Rescue Partners

Standard Operating Procedure 502.08 - Rescue Policy

Purpose: 

It is the goal of the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter to rehome animals in the best possible home within the shortest amount of time. Though staff tries its best to give each animal a safe and comfortable stay while in the shelter, it is known to be a stressful place for animals while they are in shelter care. The Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter supports the responsible, ethical rescue of companion animals and their placement into a home environment that will allow them to flourish. Any breach of our policy or unprofessional conduct by a rescue partner will result in immediate suspension of partnership. We welcome all individuals, organizations, and groups who share the same quality care and placement standards as we do.

Scope:

Staff, Volunteers and Rescue Partners.

Quality Control:

All rescues shall follow the same rules and requirements to maintain approval to pull.

Responsibilities:

  1. To qualify as an eligible rescue, the rescue representative must submit the following information:
    1. Current copy 501c3 Exempt Organization document.
    2. Letter of reference from the Rescue’s main veterinarian.
    3. Contact information for the organization’s Board of Directors (including Name, Position, Address, Phone Number, and E-mail).
    4. Primary contact person (Name, Address, Phone Number, and E-mail) and list of those approved to tag on behalf of the rescue (Name, Address, Phone Number, and E-mail). [All person’s doing business on behalf of the rescue with our facility must be over the age of eighteen (18) years and competent to enter into a binding contract.
  2. The rescue must maintain accurate records of any animals pulled from the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter, including up to date rabies and sterilization records and submit any required paperwork (required by the transfer agreement) within the time frame documented.
  3. The rescue must agree to retain the animal transferred until adoption, therefore the animal cannot be surrendered to a shelter facility once ownership is transferred into the rescue’s program. The rescue agrees to resolve any behavioral/medical issues and/or disclose any issues to any potential adopters.
  4. Any animal transferred to a rescue partner is transferred on an as-is basis. Any additional services requested will be for an additional charge.

Process:

  1. Adoptable animals will be available for adoption for two (2) business days prior to a rescue being able to pull, or as directed by management. Special Needs and Urgent Animals will be made available immediately upon re-evaluation date for rescue as directed by management.
  2. Only eligible rescue partners may tag or pull animals that are available for adoption.
  3. The Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter will accept tags from eligible rescues as long as the following is submitted and the rescue receives a CONFIRMATION to their tag:
    1. Rescue must send an EMAIL to animals@weatherfordtx.gov that contains the following information:
      1. Rescue Group
      2. Representative’s Name, Phone Number and Email Address
      3. Animal’s Name and ID Number
      4. Transporter’s Name and Phone Number
      5. Date for Pick Up (must be by end of day unless otherwise specified by staff)
      6. Time for Pick Up
      7. Any additional services requested (Microchip, Rabies, Heartworm Test, Etc.) Must be paid in full at time of pick up.
        1. Microchip - $20
        2. Rabies Vaccination (if vet is on-site) - $10
        3. Heartworm Test - $10 – must be paid up front
        4. Spay/Neuter - $90 which includes MC and RV
    2. Rescue Tags will be approved on a first come, first serve basis for approved rescue partners upon impound. Again, highly adoptable animals will be held for adoption for two (2) business days, or as directed by management.
    3. A rescue must receive an email confirmation from WPCAS staff for their tag to be approved. 
  4. Rescues also have the ability to adopt animals at the current adoption price on a first come, first serve basis. Adoption staff will enter the animal in the system as an adoption to the rescue organization, but the adoption price would then include the sterilization, vaccinations, and microchip.
  5. Management reserves the authority to determine whether the animal is or is not available for rescue.
  6. Communication is the most important key to successfully placing animal in rescue organizations. If a rescue is unable to meet its deadline to pick up an animal tagged for some reason, it is critical to let the shelter know immediately to determine if they can continue to hold it or not. If a rescue partner fails to follow the procedures set forth, exhibits unprofessional conduct, or fails to pick up an animal within the specified time period, the rescue partner will be denied the opportunity for tagging, and may have pull privileges suspended or revoked.