In 2005, a group of local animal-lovers came together to find a solution for the high kill rates and intake numbers of local animal shelters. They met regularly to brainstorm solutions, research other cities that have solved this problem and ultimately decided on a humane solution based model. In September of 2008, Robinson’s Rescue, Shreveport’s own low-cost spay/neuter facility, opened its doors.
WHO THEY ARE:
Robinson’s Rescue is a low-cost, high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter facility in Shreveport. Robinson’s performs, on average, 35 surgeries daily, and since it’s opening in 2008, they have performed over 38,000 surgeries total.
While Robinson’s services are available to anyone in the community, their main goal is to provide this service to low-income residents. Through their program SSNIP (Subsidized Spay Neuter Incentive Program), Robinson’s Rescue provides free spay and neuter services and rabies vaccines for Louisiana residents who make less than $1,500 per month.
HOW THEY ARE POSITIVELY IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY:
Robinson’s Rescue’s main goal is to facilitate a community in which no animals need to be euthanized in local animal shelters due to overpopulation. They strive for local animal shelters to have healthy and adoptable animals.
The organization also has a dedicated following and support from community members as young as six-years-old. Local first-grader, Ella Fanning, uses her birthday and other holidays as opportunities to raise support for Robinson’s Rescue. She has held lemonade stands, hot chocolate stands and bake sales to raise funds for the organization. She was recently presented with an award on behalf of her efforts for Robinson’s Rescue by local celebrity dog, Mr. Kippers. Ella shares Robinson’s vision for creating a community in which no animals are euthanized
WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE:
In the future, Robinson’s Rescue hopes to expand their operation by bringing on another veterinarian. They currently have one veterinarian on staff. If they bring another vet on board, their operation will increase from 35 surgeries daily to 70 surgeries daily, effectively doubling the spay and neuter services they provide for the community.
Robinson’s also hopes to expand their SSNIP program in the future. As more people learn about who they are and what they do, Robison’s Rescue is confident they will be able to bring more people into the program and, as a result, provide more animals with surgeries and rabies vaccines.
Kirsten Howard, Director of Development and Outreach, said, “I do what I do because I love animals and I wholeheartedly believe the humane solution based model works.”