Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The No Kill Equation

"If every animal shelter in the United States embraced the No Kill philosophy and the programs and services that make it possible, we would save nearly four million dogs and cats who are scheduled to die in shelters this year, and the year after that. It is not an impossible dream."

Each year, roughly 4 million cats, dogs & many other species are needlessly killed behind the closed doors of our nation's animal shelters. While many of these shelters will cry 'overpopulation' or blame the public for being 'irresponsible' with their pets, we as animal lovers MUST learn the facts in order to save the lives of our homeless pets. Unfortunately, the only real fault of the public is when we believe the things that the shelters are saying in order to justify their mass killings.

Many cities around the United States (and now around the world) are proving that with changes made to their current sheltering system, every adoptable animal can be saved. It sounds crazy, and based on what we have heard in the past, it sounds impossible. However, with the implementation of the No Kill Equation, every shelter can dramatically increase their live-saving results and offer each adoptable pet in their care the opportunity to live.

The No Kill Equation:
 1. Feral Cat TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) program
2. High-Volume, Low Cost Spay/Neuter
3. Working with Rescue Groups to increase shelter outtake
4. A strong and effective foster care program

5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs
6. Pet Retention / Working with Animal Control to get pets home BEFORE they enter the shelter
7. Medical and Behavior Rehabilitation programs
8. Public Relation Programs
9. Strong Volunteer Programs
10. Proactive Redemptions
11. A Compassionate Director
Euthanasia Vs. Kill
No Kill Wilco supports humane euthanasia but absolutely does not support killing.

Euthanasia: The putting to death of a medically or behaviorally ill animal, which cannot be treated, as determined by a professional...
Kill: The putting to death of a healthy, humanely treatable or adoptable animal.

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