Terry Parry and Randy Brachman
Terry and Randy met in Oakland in 1976. Terry was an educator, while Randy was a Case Manager in the Federal Prison System. They moved to the east coast, and after living in New Jersey (Terry's home) and Washington D.C. for over twenty years, they returned to California, settling in Arroyo Grande when Randy retired in 1999.
Randy and Terry began volunteering at the San Luis Obispo Animal Shelter in January, 2001. Three months later, Charter Communications suggested that the volunteers film the shelter animals to be shown on their Public Access channel.
When Charter Cable suggested the shelter volunteers take some video to show on the Public Access channel to "fill" between other shows, Randy and Terry took the idea, and although they had no TV experience, developed a weekly program, wrote scripts, learned filming and editing techniques, trained a crew, and just three weeks later, they hosted the premier of RESCUE ME! The Pet Project.
The first show premiered on April 21, 2001, repeated three times a week. The show received such a positive response, the schedule was expanded to 11 times each week. We are now seen daily, to make room for other public access shows.
Randy and Terry also continue their other volunteer activities at the shelter. Terry enjoys the interaction with the animals, dog-walking and cat-grooming. In addition to filming and editing the show, Randy handles the Business and Information processing end of Animal Shelter Adoption Partners, Inc.
While at home, Terry likes to spend lots of time gardening, at the gym, visiting friends, and handling all interactions between ASAP and the world. When Randy's not doing some home maintenance job, he may be playing around with the guitar or piano. He really spends most of his time on his computer, where he recently authored a self-help book, "How To Get To Tomorrow". Most of his family have read it.
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Our postal address is:
900 Stagecoach Rd.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
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Animal Shelter Adoption Partners, Inc.
What is ASAP?
ASAP is a non-profit organization established to eliminate unnecessary destruction of homeless pets.
To accomplish this goal, we encourage the adoption of homeless animals from shelters. We hope that by finding more new homes for the pets currently held in animal shelters, we can eliminate the unnecessary euthanasia of pets that occurs every day, simply because there is not enough space and there are too many animals.
ASAP is also taking steps to return more lost pets to their owners quicker, and to reduce the number of strays that are brought in to shelters.
Ultimately, the long term solution to this problem must include reducing the animal population through encouraging spaying and neutering. ASAP supports spay and neuter assistance programs to help pay for surgery for owned animals as well as for those in our shelters.
ASAP is currently focusing its resources on San Luis Obispo County, where it is located. Our successes here will be shared with other shelters and groups throughout California and the country.
ASAP created, produces, and edits "Rescue Me!" a thirty minute weekly television show that presents every animal at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter. The production, seen 11 times each week on Charter Cable's Public Access Channel 2, has become a favorite around the county. More importantly, it has drawn many new adopters to the shelter. We are hopeful that we can soon expand to include other SLO Shelters in regular editions of "Rescue Me! - On The Road"
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Animal Shelter Adoption Partners
900 Stagecoach Rd
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420-4615
What We Do
Animal Shelter Adoption Partners takes concrete steps to reduce the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable animals at local animal shelters.
There were hundreds of animals destroyed every year in San Luis Obispo County who could have been saved if they had found homes.
We started as volunteers at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter, and soon found that animals were destroyed solely because the shelter had insufficient space to house them.
We quickly recognized the simple truth that we could only reduce the number of euthanized animals by increasing adoptions and redemptions of stray animals, or reducing the number of animals coming into the shelter.
Starting where we thought we could have the greatest impact in the shortest time, we sought to increase adoptions of the many perfectly delightful dogs and cats at the shelter.
Our initial role was to encourage those who came to the shelter to adopt one of the animals they saw. Unfortunately, there were more dogs and cats than potential adopters. It was clear that more adopters had to be found.
Some of our programs are described here. We will continue to develop new programs wherever we see a need.
Rescue Me! is a weekly TV program that has shown every shelter animal since 2001! This show is the most played show on Charter Cable Public Access TV Channel 2.
Many people come to the shelter just because of Rescue Me! The positive image of the shelter and its animals encourages new visitors. Rescue Me! increases adoptions and redemptions.
Sometimes the shelter gets an influx of animals that a few short-term foster homes can remedy, saving animals lives.
ASAP provide financial support and equipment to foster homes that can be called on to temporarily relieve the pressure on the shelter, as well as placing dogs and cats in foster homes while they receive medical treatment or improve their behavior to make them adoptable.
Assessment and Training
ASAP funds a behavior assessment program to find training solutions for dogs that are unadoptable because of their behavior. We implement training plans while the animal is still at the shelter, and provide free training for life for selected animals at a local animal training facility. Without this help, many dogs would be labeled 'unadoptable'.
Adoption Fee Rebates
Some of our wonderful pets need a little help getting into their new homes. ASAP provides rebates for pets that are not quickly adopted, and have the added problem of still needing to be spayed or neutered at the new owners expense.This program will help those hard-to-adopt pets that would have never made it out of the shelter just a few years ago. We also assure that every senior dog and cat gets their adoption fee paid to help the older animals that are routinely euthanized at most shelters.