July 7, 2006
The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is proving that when it comes to saving dogs they are number one. So far this year, 95% of dos are leaving the shelter alive, but it hasn't always been this way.
Suzanne Kogut is not the typical SPCA director. She did not come with training or any experience with animal shelters at all. She was a lawyer with a business background and a passion for pets.
"I think it's amazing to me what we've accomplished in a very short time," said Suzanne Kogut.
Since she started working there a year ago the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA has adopted the no kill solution. Instead of euthanizing animals, they treat and find homes for sick, injured, and even blind and deaf pets.
It seems to be working very well. The number of animals they have saved has gone up dramatically.
"If we have healthy, behaviorally sound animals it's our obligation, our responsibility to find them homes," said Kogut.
So far this year, 95 percent of the dogs and close to 90 percent of cats are leaving the shelter alive. How are they are so successful? Kogut said she doesn't live by the cliché that there are too many animals and not enough homes.
"If you start off in the negative you will never accomplish anything. It's sheer will to say 'we want to save these animals, they deserve that,' and to do everything within our power to do it," said Kogut.
If the shelter continues at this rate, officials said Charlottesville will become the safest community in the U.S. for dogs.
The SPCA Director is featured in the "No Kill Advocacy Center's" latest newsletter.