One Tail at a Time believes no kill communities are possible, but only when shelters, rescues, and community members come together to support pets and their people. We work towards a no kill community through our mutual aid programs, shelter diversion, and foster/adoption program for our shelters’ most vulnerable populations (large dogs, sick and injured pets, seniors, and more).
No Kill Communities
Positive Reinforcement Training
One Tail at a Time believes that positive reinforcement training is the most effective, safe, humane, and risk-free training method. Punishment-based training using aversive techniques (including but not limited to: prong collars, shock collars, spray bottles, harsh leash corrections) suppresses rather than corrects unwanted behavior, and may lead to behavior fall out.
One Tail at a Time believes that it’s not considered rescue if the pet is already owned. For that reason, we require our partner trappers and Good Samaritans to sign a code of conduct detailing steps to take to locate an owner prior to bringing any friendly outdoor cats to One Tail at a Time.
One Tail at a Time supports pediatric spay/neuter as early as 2 months in the effort to best reduce animal overpopulation, unwanted pregnancies, and ensure compliance with legal obligations. In addition to increasing overpopulation, intact animals are a leading cause of pet relinquishment, so One Tail at a Time supports neutering prior to adoption in an effort to keep adopted animals in their home.
At One Tail at a Time, a kitten under 6 months old should only be tested if they are showing signs and symptoms of illness that may be related to a compromised immune system caused by FIV and FeLV. If kittens are not ill, we do not recommend testing.
Testing for Tick Borne Illnesses
One Tail at a Time does not test for tick borne illnesses on dogs without symptoms. Due to our intake volume, the test is cost prohibitive and does not indicate an active infection. If a dog is showing clinical signs of a tick borne illness, blood will be collected and a Flex 4 or 4dx test will be run and we will pursue treatment as necessary.