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Saving homeless pets in Odessa

You know the joy of pet companionship, but some homeless pets in Odessa will never get to experience the comfort of knowing a safe place to call home. You can help change that.

Every day, dogs and cats in Odessa are killed just because they don't have a home. The Odessa area is one of five areas in the state of Texas where the most killing in shelters is happening, where only 37% of pets in shelters made it out alive in 2023.

Of those homeless pets killed in Odessa, cats are among the most at-risk, and in 2023, only 28.7% of them made it out of shelters alive. Cats who prefer to live outdoors (also called community cats) are often brought to shelters by people trying to help them, but they have a lower likelihood of finding an adoptive home because they’re not used to interacting with people.

But together, we can end the needless killing. Best Friends is ready to help local shelters and elected officials with updating policies using proven strategies that help make the community a better place for both pets and people. We can save lives here in Odessa when our communities allow trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programs that prevent community cats from reproducing.

Targeted TNVR is the only humane and effective way to reduce community cat populations and end nuisance behaviors associated with cats reproducing while saving cats' lives. This proven approach ensures that cats in the community won't have more kittens, and that means fewer cats entering shelters. 

And you can be a part of that lifesaving. You can help today by using your voice to urge local leaders to help protect pets in the community, as well as by adopting, fostering, and supporting local shelters.

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Support change for homeless pets in Odessa

Here at Best Friends, we believe that all dogs and cats deserve to be in a place where they are comfortable and safe — whether that’s in a house or on their favorite neighborhood stoop.

We need your voice to stand up for homeless pets in Odessa so that every pet can safely find their way out of shelters.

When you communicate to city leaders about the problem of pets dying in shelters, you’ll be letting them know that Odessa wants to end the killing and create a no-kill community.

By implementing TNVR, community cats continue to live outdoors after they’ve been spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies, keeping them out of shelters and freeing up resources for other pets in need of sheltering and care. 

Support TNVR in Odessa

You love your pets more than words can say. (We get it — we do, too!) Luckily for homeless pets everywhere, you can spread that love to save lives.

No-kill: Ending the killing of pets in shelters

For a shelter to be considered “no-kill,” at least 90% of the cats and dogs coming into the shelter must leave the shelter alive. In 2023, Odessa’s save rate was 37.5%.

Even with the best of care, there will always be pets who come into a shelter with health or other issues that make it inhumane to prolong their suffering, but for most shelters that doesn’t make up more than 10% of the pets taken in. The remaining 90% is how Best Friends arrived at the no-kill benchmark of 90%.

Find out how the shelter nearest you is doing and work with them to save lives. 

What you can do to save the lives of pets

You can spay or neuter your pets, foster a homeless pet, volunteer with your local animal shelter or rescue group, or join campaigns to show elected officials how important it is to save more lives in your community.

No matter what you do for homeless pets, you'll be helping to save lives. When we work together, we save more lives.

Helping pets stay with families

From securing pet-friendly housing to purchasing items or supplies for pets in need, you can help pets stay in their homes.

Microchip your pet to keep them safe 

A veterinarian or shelter staff member will scan for a microchip when stray pets are brought to them. This safe and effective technology can help get your pet back to you quickly if they’re ever lost. 

Happily ever afters

Looking for a little inspiration? Check out these pets and their stories of hope, love, and resilience.

You can help a shelter or animal rescue group near you

Best Friends Network Partners are made up of thousands of public and private animal shelters, rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations, and other animal welfare groups, all working to save the lives of dogs and cats in your community and across the country.

Each and every one of our network partners needs caring people like you to adopt, foster, donate, volunteer, and advocate to help save the lives of pets where you live.

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Make your voice heard

If you can’t adopt or foster, you can spread the word about the importance of stepping up to save the lives of cats and dogs.

Let your family, friends, and neighbors know that together we can make a difference in the lives of pets. 

Let your city leaders know that saving the lives of pets in shelters is important to you.

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When you communicate to city leaders about the problem of pets dying in shelters, you’ll be letting them know that Odessa wants to end the killing and create a no-kill community.
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About Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is working to save the lives of cats and dogs all across the country, giving pets second chances and happy homes.

As recently as 2016, 2 million cats and dogs were killed in shelters in this country simply because shelters didn't have the community support or the resources to save their lives. That number is now less than 400,000 per year, but there’s still work to do to ensure a bright future for every dog and cat in America.  

Best Friends operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and is committed to saving the lives of homeless pets by working with shelters and passionate people like you. We’re sharing our resources and what we know to help shelters around the country achieve no-kill in their communities. 

Together, we will bring the whole country to no-kill in 2025.