The 4-Pillar Rescue Model

The 4-Pillar Rescue Model

CSHS has developed and adapted a 4-pillar, holistic approach to rescue that allows us to better serve our community and keep animals from entering the shelter/rescue system in the first place. These pillars include: 
  • TNR – Trap Neuter Return program for feral and community cats, as well as education and support for caretakers and independent TNR volunteers to prevent unplaceable cats from being turned in as strays or surrendered
  • Fur Keeps – our innovative surrender prevention division that includes three programs: Shelter/Rescue Diversion; Emergency Care through Wilson’s Fund; and the CAP Partnership, where we provide cat and dog food to their food shelf and build relationships with clients in need of supportive care for their pets
  • Serve Where You Save – we believe that to best prevent animals from entering the rescue system, we need to offer comprehensive services to the community where we intake our animals from. That means a targeted approach, so CSHS only rescues dogs and cats from Minnesota, and over 80% of our animals come from local impounds. 
  • Adopters Welcome – we have adapted HSUS’s initiative to lower adoption barriers so good people can adopt good pets. We approach each adoption from a place of “yes” instead of “no”, and provide ongoing support to adopters so they are set up for success from the moment they bring their new family member home.