Dear Sen. Abruzzo,
On behalf of the Florida members and supporters of the national No Kill Advocacy Center, I am writing to thank you for your introduction of SB 1534, the Florida Animal Rescue Act (ARA). We support it enthusiastically.
The legislation mandates two key programs which have proven so successful at lifesaving in shelters which have implemented them. As a result, it provides a framework for proven success.
The bill would make it illegal for shelters to kill animals when rescue groups are willing to save them. Based on a similar provision in California, the number of animals transferred to rescue groups rather than killed went from 12,526 to 58,939 a year–a 370% increase, all at no cost to taxpayers. In fact, it resulted in a potential cost savings of $1,856,520 annually statewide for killing and destruction of remains (these savings do not include additional savings relative to cost of care). In addition, partnering with rescue groups potentially brings in millions of dollars in additional adoption revenues. By contrast, a 2012 survey of Florida rescue groups reported that 64% have been turned away by a shelter that turned around and killed the very animals they offered to save, a waste of lives and taxpayer dollars.
The bill would also make it illegal for shelters to kill “owner surrendered” animals within minutes, without ever giving them a chance for adoption or offering them to rescue groups. Today, these animals are marched from the front counter where they are surrendered to the kill room and then into garbage bags. It would bifurcate the holding period by shortening it in cases of adoption or rescue transfer and it would create an exception to the holding period for cats who are sterilized and returned to get them out of the shelter right away. The bill would save thousands of lives every year, free up cage space in shelters, and cut costs. It is a win for the animals, a win for taxpayers, and a win for shelters.
Sen. Abruzzo, Florida is a state of animal lovers, and your citizens, as well as the animals they love, deserve shelters that reflect their compassionate values. Your bill goes a long way toward ensuring that they do. If we can assist in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Very truly yours,
No Kill Advocacy Center
If you live in Florida, please contact your state senator and state representative and urge them to cosponsor SB 1534:
Dear Sen. Abruzzo,
In 2010, the state of Delaware passed a modified version of the Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA), the No Kill Advocacy Center’s shelter reform law. Since then, killing in Delaware shelters has declined 78%. You read that right: an astounding 78%. Delaware is on the verge of ending the systematic killing of dogs and cats statewide. And it is not alone.
The head of the animal control shelter in St. Paul, MN, recently stated that by putting in place the programs and policies of CAPA, she’s been able to save 90% of the animals, working in earnest to return the term “euthanasia” to its dictionary definition. The same occurred in Austin, TX. And in California, similar legislative reforms are saving tens of thousands of animals previously killed. For example, the number of animals transferred to rescue groups rather than killed in California based on a provision similar to CAPA went from 12,526 to 58,939–a 370% increase.
CAPA sets minimum standards for shelters, including a ban on the gas chamber, a ban on heart sticking, a ban on killing with empty cages, a ban on killing when rescue groups are willing to save those animals and an end to the practice of killing “owner surrendered” animals within minutes without ever giving them a chance at adoption. By doing so, it seeks to change the culture of killing in American shelters by forcing them to operate in a humane, life-affirming way. This approach and its lifesaving results are nothing short of revolutionary. And we should be working fervently to pass CAPA in every state in the country.
Learn more by clicking here.
In 2014, No Kill Advocacy Center director Nathan Winograd will be visiting 25 cities across the country as part of a national “No Kill is Love” tour to screen the new documentary, Redemption, a film on the No Kill revolution in America. The film will be followed by a seminar on how to build a No Kill community.
As such, we will be postponing the national No Kill Conference until 2015. We hope to see you in a city near you this year and next year at the D.C. Conference.
- Minneapolis MN, June 6
- San Francisco (Bay Area) CA, June 11
- Ft. Lauderdale FL, June 21
- Nashville TN, June 25
- Denver CO, July 12
- New York NY, July 16
- Boston MA, July 17
- Washington D.C., July 26
- Norfolk VA, July 27
- Austin TX, Aug 3
- Phoenix AZ, Aug 16
- Atlanta GA, Aug 21
- Charlotte NC, Aug 22
- Fayetteville AR, Aug 23
- Albuquerque NM, Aug 30
- Troy MI, Sep 4
Other dates to be announced for Sacramento CA, Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Los Angeles CA, Buffalo NY, Louisville KY, Seattle WA, and the Central Valley of CA (Modesto). RSVP info to follow soon.
For more info: www.nokill.org
To watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/48445902
P.S. 99% of the film is uplifting and while a small number of images may be difficult, they are not gratuitous. It is safe for animal lovers to watch.
Animals in shelters do not need death. They need a helping hand, some tender care, and a loving home. We can do it.
Here’s how: http://bit.ly/198sATv
(A big thank you to the rescue group that saved this pup.)
The No Kill Advocacy Center is excited to announce a new partnership with Rescue Chocolate. 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of Rescue Chocolate now benefit the programs and services of the No Kill Advocacy Center. When you eat rescue chocolate, you are helping to save animals in shelters.
Rescue Chocolate is the sweetest way to save a life.
Learn more: www.rescuechocolate.com
Where to buy: www.rescuechocolate.com/pages/where-to-buy
100% ethically sourced, organic, and cruelty-free.
Save the date for a screening of Redemption, the film about the No Kill revolution in America, coming soon to a city near you.
- Minneapolis, MN. June 6
- Ft. Lauderdale, FL. June 21
- New York, NY. July 17
- Washington, D.C. July 26
- Norfolk, VA. July 27
- Austin, TX. Aug 3
- Phoenix, AZ. Aug 16
- Fayetteville, AR. Aug 23
- Troy, MI. Sep 4
Additional cities and dates to be announced soon: Denver CO, Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Charlotte NC, Los Angeles CA, Buffalo NY, Seattle WA, Albuquerque NM, Nashville TN, and Louisville KY. RSVP info to follow shortly.
Learn more: www.nokill.org
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/48445902
Tickets to the Minneapolis event, the first ever screening, include an after party: www.animalarkshelter.org/redemption/
The Book that Launched a Revolution is Now a Feature Film
Join us on June 6, 2014 for the first ever showing of Redemption: The No Kill Revolution in America, a film based on the groundbreaking book by No Kill Advocacy Center director Nathan Winograd and the kickoff of his national “No Kill Is Love” tour which will be screening the film to audiences nationwide this summer. The screening, which will include an after party with a live band, food and drinks, will be attended by many of the No Kill advocates who appear in the film.
To purchase tickets, click here.
To watch the trailer, click here.
For more information about the film, click here.
Other dates and cities for the screening will be announced in February including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, Austin, Norfolk, Phoenix, Charlotte, Atlanta, Cleveland, and more. Stay tuned…
Redemption, a film about the No Kill revolution in America. Coming this summer to a city near you…
Watch the trailer by clicking here.
More info: www.nokill.org
Click here to receive an email with dates and locations (Be sure to click the box “No Kill Advocates”)
SB 1037 in Arizona would create an animal abuser registry modeled on those laws which currently exist to protect children. It would require people convicted of animal abuse crimes to register with the state. The registry would then be available to shelters, rescue groups, breeders, and the public.
This is an important means of protecting animals from abuse. By knowing the right lies to tell and which truths to omit, convicted animal abusers can potentially acquire animals from those who lack access to valuable information that would help them make better, more informed choices. This law would strip abusers of this advantage with nothing more than a few strokes of a keyboard.
Learn more by clicking here.
If you live in Arizona, contact your state legislator and encourage them to cosponsor and support the bill by clicking here.
If you live outside of Arizona and are interested in similar legislation for your county or state, we have model legislation. Our legislation also makes it illegal for shelters, rescuers, pet stores, breeders and the public to give animals to those on the registry.
Download a copy of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act by clicking here.
Mark your calendars for a red carpet event: June 6, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. Based on the book that launched a revolution, the first ever screening of Redemption, a documentary film about the No Kill movement in America. This will be followed by a 20-city No Kill is Love tour.
Watch the trailer above or click here.
Click here for more info.
Click here to receive an email with dates and locations when they are finalized (be sure to click the box “No Kill Advocates”).