In the last two decades, several shelters in numerous communities have comprehensively implemented a bold series of programs and services to reduce birthrates, increase placements, and keep animals with their responsible caretakers.
As a result, they are achieving unprecedented results, saving upwards of 99 percent of all impounded animals in open admission animal control facilities. Some of these communities are urban, others rural, some are politically liberal, and others are very conservative. Some are in municipalities with high per capita incomes, and others are in those known for high rates of poverty.
While shelter leadership drives the No Kill initiative, it is the community that extends the safety net of care. Unlike traditional shelters—which view members of the public as adversaries and refuse to partner with them as rescuers or volunteers—a No Kill shelter embraces the people in its community. They are the key to success: they volunteer, foster, socialize animals, staff offsite adoption venues and open their hearts, homes and wallets to the animals in need. The public is at the center of every successful No Kill shelter in the nation.
In a national survey, 96% of Americans—almost every single person surveyed—said we have a moral duty to protect animals and should have strong laws to do so. Three out of four believe it should be illegal for shelters to kill healthy and treatable animals, while increasing specialization and advancements in the field of veterinary medicine are driven by a population willing to spend and do whatever it takes to save the lives of the animals they love. In fact, spending on our animal companions is the eighth largest sector of the retail economy, showing steady annual increases even in the face of economic uncertainty, and giving to animal related causes continues to be the fastest growing segment in American philanthropy.
So we need to put to bed, once and for all, the notion that animals have to die in U.S. shelters because the public does not care enough about them. When shelters tap into the public's compassion, as the hundreds of communities across the country now saving upwards of 99% of all animals have done, animals live instead of die. By working with people, implementing lifesaving programs and treating each life as precious, a shelter can transform itself. No Kill is a humane, sustainable, cost-effective solution to shelter killing. It is about believing in the community and trusting in the power of compassion. We can do it!
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About the No Kill Advocacy Center
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The No Kill Advocacy Center was founded in 2004. There were no other national organizations exclusively dedicated to creation of a No Kill nation and certainly none with staff who had experience creating No Kill communities. In 2005, when the No Kill Advocacy Center held its first No Kill conference, less than two dozen people attended. In 2012, the now annual event sold out at almost 900 people. In 2005, there was one No Kill community. In 2014, hundreds of cities and towns across America have save rates better than 90% and as high as 99% using their No Kill Equation model of sheltering.
Learn more at nokilladvocacycenter.org