Pasadena Animal Control & Adoption recently won a “Bright Ideas” award from Harvard University for its partnership and pet adoption program with Bayshore Medical Center.
The shelter was one of only 111 agencies across the country to receive this honor, which is awarded to government programs and practices that are deemed noteworthy, innovative and promising for the future. Pasadena’s program was chosen because the partnership with Bayshore is aimed not only at saving animals’ lives, but also at reducing taxpayer expenses, pet overpopulation and euthanasia.
The program is simple: each Thursday, a section of the hospital’s lobby is transformed into an off-site adoption area. Animals from the shelter are brought in to one of two sites – alternately, either Bayshore Hospital or East Houston Regional Medical Center – along with a computer that shows all of the other adoptable animals currently available.
But the results of the program have been even more far-reaching than either Bayshore Medical Center or Pasadena Animal Control & Adoption ever imagined.
For starters, dozens of animals have been adopted into permanent homes. And animal shelter officials pointed out that the program is saving more than just the lives of the animals that are adopted… in fact, it is saving twice that amount. That’s because when one animal is adopted, it frees the space at the shelter for another animal to be saved and put up for adoption. The program is also saving taxpayer money. For each off-site adoption location, it is estimated that thousands of dollars are saved each year.
And not only is having the animals in the hospital lobby a morale boost for staff, patients and visitors, but in some cases, their presence has actually even helped with patients’ treatments. One patient at the hospital heard the announcement about the Adoption Day and wanted to see the animals so badly that she bargained with her therapist: if she could have that privilege, she would endure the painful ordeal of walking back to her room without using the wheelchair.
For more information about Pasadena Animal Control & Adoption’s programs or to find out how you can adopt an animal, contact the shelter at (281) 998-7387.
About Bayshore Medical Center
Bayshore Medical Center is the only hospital in Pasadena fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and The Joint Commission. The Bayshore campus is a 345-bed acute-care facility that has been serving the needs of Southeast Harris County for over 50 years. Bayshore’s wide range of services includes acute care of the medical and surgical patient and specialty services such as: Advanced Wound Care Center; Cardiovascular and Cardiology Services, including open heart; Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Inpatient Pediatric Unit; Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and award-winning Maternity Services.
About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 12 hospitals, 6 ambulatory surgery centers, 4 free standing emergency centers, 5 imaging centers, 5 cancer care programs and a Regional Transfer Center. The Regional Transfer Center provides ground and air patient transportation to and from any HCA Houston Affiliated Hospital and any other healthcare facilities.