Friends and Colleagues:
At their annual animal shelter
conference, I sat listening to the welcome address by the President of
the nation’s largest humane organization. He said that ending the
killing of savable animals was within reach across the country, called
upon all shelters to commit themselves to doing so, and he gave them the
prescription to do it: the programs and services of the No Kill
I heard him dismiss the different
excuses: “Ringworm is not a reason to kill animals,” respiratory
infection “is not a reason to kill cats,” claims of lacking space
“should never be an excuse.” He described these as “cases where extra
effort is made to save their lives whereas in the past death would have
been the easier choice.” He called upon shelters to “steadfastly ensure
that the ingredients of the Saving Lives philosophy are embraced and
executed in their entirety in the honest belief that ‘we can do it!’” He
was unapologetic, emphatic, and without ambiguity: “We can adopt our way
out of killing,” he stated. And “we will.”
He then presented different shelter
managers who had embraced this effort so that they could speak about
their experiences: Like the one who came into an open admission facility
with a 65% rate of killing and reduced it to under 4% in one year. And
another who took over a shelter once described as “hopelessly
overcrowded” but now has a 97% save rate. And still another that has
seen enforcement decline 70% after going from a punitive philosophy to
one that makes it easy for people to do the right thing, through a
series of community based incentives such as free and low-cost
spay/neuter. It was like a dream.
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