“No-Kill” Movement—what does it mean?
The No-Kill movement in the United States, dedicated to ending the killing of healthy and treatable animals in our nation’s shelters, dates back to the 1800’s when Henry Bergh decided to take a stand against the brutal conditions facing New York City’s dogs.
A “No-Kill” shelter is an animal shelter that does not euthanize animals who can be adopted or when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for animals who are terminally ill or considered dangerous. A no-kill shelter is a shelter that saves all healthy, treatable and rehabilitatable animals. A rule of thumb is that, to be no-kill, a shelters saves more than 90% of all animals received.
An estimated two million homeless dogs and cats are killed each year in America’s shelters. That means that more than 5,500 animals are killed every day. These animals are being killed (not euthanized) simply because they have no place to call home.
How We Plan to Use Parts of the No-Kill Equation to Save Lives
Lo-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs
Spay/neuter programs are among the most important techniques in achieving no-kill goals.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
While spay/neuter programs reduce the overall supply of pets, adoption programs allow pets to go to permanent homes and make space for other incoming animals.
Pet Retention Programs
Offering information on behavioral advice, food, low-cost veterinary care, behavior classes and dog training can reduce the number of animals surrendered due to avoidable issues.
Educating pet owners and potential pet owners is key. The community needs to understand the role of puppy mills and breeders in the community versus the adoption process from reputable shelters and rescues.