Open Paw Participating Shelters
As you know, there are lots of shelters at different stages of thinking about or implementing Open Paw. It's very helpful for those shelters at the beginning stages to be able to visit shelters who are already doing at least some parts of Open Paw. Other shelters have found it very helpful to collaborate with nearbye places as they both work on implementing the program. If you don't mind sharing your shelter information, please fill out the form below so that other shelters can more easily find out about you - for visits, help, or collaboration. We will share basic contact information and locations with other shelters who contact us about using Open Paw, so please fill this out ONLY if you do not mind sharing your basic contact information. Thanks very much for taking the time to respond!
Your shelter's name
Your shelter's location
Please list the complete address
Are you doing any Open Paw for Shelters, yet?
just interested - not getting started yet
we're discussing it, but haven't started yet
we've decided to implement Open Paw, and are in the planning stages
we've started a pilot program with a few dogs or cats
we're in the process of implementing the program
we're an official Open Paw in Progress Model Shelter
What parts of Open Paw is your shelter doing?
Please choose all that apply
food from buckets
food from stuffed toys
potty walks daily
beds in kennels
interaction with new people
handling and grooming
Level 5 (cats only)
For which animals are you using Open Paw?
Dogs and Cats
If you have a moment, please look at "Want to be an Open Paw Shelter?" here:
and estimate which level your shelter has reached
This is to help us get a sense of where shelters are in the process, and does not indicate that the shelter has necessarily been officially recognized as an Open Paw in Progress Shelter
4 Level Pilot Shelter
4 Level Shelter
Have you been recognized as an official Open Paw in Progress Shelter?
What kinds of collaboration are you interested in?
Please check all that apply
hosting visitors from shelters interested in Open Paw
visiting and talking to shelters already implementing the program
co-hosting a seminar with a nearbye shelter
working closely with a nearbye shelter to implement the program in both locations
What other ideas would you like to propose?
What is the average number of dogs your shelter takes in per year?
What is the average number of cats your shelter takes in per year?
Do you take any other animals? If so, how many per year, on average?
How many staff members do you employ?
How many active volunteers do you have?
What type of shelter or rescue is your organization?
In what ways does your shelter program differ from the Open Paw program?
Are there adjustments you've made to the program that you thought were especially helpful or successful, that you'd like to share?
The more you mention about specific circumstances and implementation ideas, the more helpful it will be to us and other organizations.
What parts of the Open Paw program have worked the best for your facility?
What part of the program have been the most challenging to implement?
If you had success meeting those challenges, what helped you the most?
What's your favorite part of the Open Paw program?
What's your least favorite part?
Have you made any changes to adapt any parts of the program to adjust what you don't like, and how has that worked or not?
What topic or challenge would you most like more information, help, or support with?
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