About Our Rescue Group...
Shelter From the Storm Animal Rescue, Inc. was form in 2005 by Allison Davies in response to the overwhelming amount of animals being euthanized in area shelters. Shelter From The Storm is an all breed cat and dog rescue and focuses on alleviating overcrowding in shelters and helping adoptable/treatable animals. Since its inception, Shelter from the Storm helped the Humane Society of the United States during Hurricane Katrina by transporting over 100 animals to safety in Wisconsin, where they were vetted, placed in foster care and ultimately place in forever homes. We also worked with the HSUS in dealing with a local hoarding situation at the Thyme and Sage Ranch in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Thyme and Sage was operating as an animal rescue and as the animal control agency for that area, but was housing in excess of 300 animals.
Many of our pets are placed into a home environment with a suitable foster home. Here they begin basic training, receive socialization, and learn what it's like to live in a home. We also attend to their medical needs including vaccinations, heartworm testing, feline leukemia/FIV testing, deworming, and flea/tick prevention.
In 2008, in furtherance of its mission, Spay Me! Clinic was opened. Dr. Richard Brown, Elizabeth Yohn, CVT, and Allison Davies, have all performed high volume spay/neuter procedures in a variety of locations and settings and used their knowledge to set up Spay Me! Clinic. At the beginning, surgeries were performed once a week and gradually expanded to six days a week by the end of 2009. Currently, we have two veterinarians, two certified veterinary technicians and several highly trained veterinary assistants on staff. We also utilized volunteers from the general public, volunteer veterinarians, and CVT's. Our clinic provides a great educational setting for veterinary and veterinary technician students who want to learn more about shelter medicine and high volume spay/neuter procedures.
Spay Me! Clinic is open to the public, but a main element of the clinic is to extend a helping hand to other rescues and shelters by offering spay/neuter services at a lower cost. Since we are also a rescue, we understand the importance of running a business and keeping costs down. Our veterinarians and staff have become skilled in high volume spay/neuter procedures and continue to expand their skill set. Additional procedures have gradually been added and now include dentals, amputations, foreign object removals, and ACL repairs, to name a few. These "special" procedures are reserved for shelters, rescues, and individuals that have a financial need.
In 2009, 8,000 animals were altered and we estimate 15,000 animals will come through the clinic in 2010. We are currently at capacity for procedures (65 per day) at our current location and are looking to move the clinic to a lager location in the summer of 2010.
Our mission statement:
Shelter from the Storm is a Madison, WI based non-profit, all breed dog and cat rescue that functions to reduce the euthanasia rate of healthy and adoptable animals in the nation's overcrowded humane societies and shelters; to aid communities that do not have access to humane organizations; to educate the public on animal health care matters and animal overpopulation issues; to provide affordable veterinary care and training to all animals to enhance their quality of life; to ultimately, build and operate a full service, sliding scale veterinary hospital.
Our Adoption Process...
The minimum requirements for adoption are:
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
SFTS will verify home ownership. If the applicant rents, SFTS will obtain landlord approval.
ALL pets in the home must be altered, up to date on vaccinations, and seen for regular check-ups. Please don't apply if your animals are intact or not up to date.
Out of state applicants are welcome, but must come to meet and pick-up the animal. We do not ship animals.
Visit the dogs and cats in person at Petsmart East every Saturday, 10 AM - 2 PM.
We encourage anyone interested in adopting within the next six months to fill out a general application and get pre-approved. To fill out a general application, fill out the adoption application and make sure to indicate if you are interested in a cat or dog. When you are pre-approved the adoption process is quicker and easier.
We process the applications as they are submitted. If several applications are received for the same animal, we choose the applicant based on the best fit for the animal.
It typically takes 3 days to process an application. We prefer to contact you via email, so check your spam/junk mail folder if you haven't heard back from us. If we do not hear back from you, we will attempt to call you one time. It is extremely important that you return our call or respond to our email within 24 hours. If we do not receive a response from you, your application will be put in our inactive files.
If there is a waiting list for a particular animal we will call the next best fit candidate if our call is not returned within a few days. All of our adoptions are completed every Saturday at Petsmart East between 10AM and 2PM. You must be able to pick up your new pet at Petsmart East during these hours.
All of our adoptions are completed every Saturday at Petsmart East between 10AM and 2PM. We will contact you to schedule a time for you to pick up your new family member during these hours. Please bring cash or check along as we don't accept credit cards at this location. Click here for the adoption fees. If you are adopting a cat, please bring a cat carrier.
Adult Dogs (over 1 year of age) - $238 - $500
Puppies (under 1 year of age) - $370 - $500
$25 of the adoption fee for both adult dogs and puppies will be refunded to the adopter after you submit proof of a completed training class within 4 months of adoption. The adoption fee includes all vet care such as spay/neuter, vaccinations, Microchip,heartworm test, heartgard, frontline, grooming and any other vet care needed to be sure each animal is ready for adoption.
Adult Cats (over 1 year of age) - $53
Kittens (under 1 year of age) - $106
The fee includes the spay or neuter, vaccinations, Feline Leukemia and FIV test, deworming, all necessary vet care including dentals and other medical procedures. Cats come with all their current medical records