More Than a Shelter

The League for Animal Welfare is more than a shelter

The League exists to fill a significant community need for compassionate animal care.  This has been our mission for 70 years.  But as times change, so do community needs.

Today, fulfilling our no-kill mission means fulfilling greater expectations for the compassionate care of companion animals – not just saving lives, but also bettering them.

  • It means providing skilled veterinary care beyond what is minimally required, from life-saving surgeries to treatments for chronic conditions.
  • It means caring to new moms so they can care for their babies, or bottle-feeding the orphaned young so they, too, can survive.
  • It means enriching pet lives through training and socialization so that their next home truly becomes their “forever” home.
  • It means identifying community needs where they exist and then reaching outward to proactively respond.

In short, it means the League is and must continue to be more than a shelter.

Planning for a new multi-purpose League facility addresses numerous needs that are beyond the capacity of the existing shelter, which the League has outgrown.

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Permanent Veterinary Clinic

In many rural Ohio and Kentucky counties outside of Greater Cincinnati, reaching a vet often requires traveling distances of 30-40 miles.  So to help fill this vacuum of need, the League began taking its Mobile Veterinary Clinic (MVC) out into the community, providing rural shelters and residents with much-needed access to spay/neuter surgeries and basic veterinary care for their companion animals.

However, when the MVC is needed on-site to care for League animals, it can’t also be out serving the community.  This means that in areas of greatest need, those needs still are not being adequately met.

Building a permanent facility on the League’s 21-acre Batavia campus will address that conundrum of need by freeing our MVC to take to the road, serving the unmet needs of pets in outlying rural counties on a regular basis.  In doing so, it also will introduce new areas of growth and revenue for the League.

Permanent veterinary components of the League’s planned new structure will encompass:

  • A surgery suite to provide spay/neuter and some routine acute care
  • A pre/post-natal care area for moms and their weaning offspring
  • Isolation rooms to contain the spread of contagions that otherwise could endanger shelter animals and force costly shelter closings
  • Medical exam and supply rooms
Mica and Bruce

Animal Training & Enrichment

Among the most urgent needs is space for animal training and enrichment.  This is essential to ensuring that a dog or cat of any age has the basic socialization skills required to fit comfortably into a new family.  This space will also be sued to host educational seminars, community meetings and training classes that promote responsible pet parenting and successful adoptions.

Designated Intake & Holding

A designated area away from the shelter population for intake and holding will advance the League’s no-kill mission by increasing shelter capacity.  This will allow us to save healthy, adoptable animals facing euthanasia due to over-crowded conditions are many public shelters.

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Cost/Benefit Analysis

In 2016 when the MVC was put into use on-site it was an immediate success.  It produced substantial cost savings, while reducing stress on cats and dogs who no longer required transport to and from an off-site veterinarian.  This meant that animals could be vet checked, spayed or neutered and then put up for adoption sooner than ever before.  And that, in turn, meant the League could save and adopt more animals than ever before.

Financial sustainability is a top priority.

The planned new construction is projected to cost $1.5 million, and we expect it to be financially sustainable.  It is anticipated that the new facility will pay for itself through increased program revenue and reduced expenses.

Low-cost wellness care, vaccines, x-rays, dental cleanings, over-the-counter and prescription medications for those who can’t afford to take their pets to a private veterinarian will provide new income to the League.  Educational seminars, behavior and training classes, and the scheduling of MVC operations in outlying counties will also create new revenue streams.

Providing these services will financially benefit both the League and clinic clients, including League adopters.

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Why It Makes (Dollars and) Sense For You To Care

Beyond compassion, there are sound financial reasons for supporting the League’s strategic growth. Why? Because by ensuring there are fewer homeless, stray or abandoned animals, you’re helping to reduce the tax burden on local communities.

Public health and safety concerns resulting from stray, unsocialized or unwanted animals cost Greater Cincinnati taxpayers thousands of dollars annually in police, fire, animal control and emergency medical services. 

County animal shelters also depend on taxpayer dollars. Most already are full to capacity, which means that for every new dog or cat taken in, one languishing there will die. More than 2.7 million otherwise healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized in the United States every year. This is a cost measured in dollars, as well as in the loss of innocent lives.

The League for Animal Welfare provides a need to the community and receives no government funding.  It relies solely on the generosity of caring and committed people like you. In return, our dog and cat friends receive the love and nurturing, the needed care and physical attention, and the advocacy that will provide them a forever home. The League is more than a shelter.

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How You Can Help

The new facility will be located adjacent to the current shelter, with construction scheduled to start in late 2018.

Your support helps reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs in Greater Cincinnati by providing a compassionate no-kill shelter and programs that promote responsible pet care.

Gifts of cash, stock can be made over a three year period.  A monthly/quarterly credit card payment can also be arranged for your giving convenience.

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