From No Kill Advocacy Center director Nathan Winograd:
We do not have the financial might or media reach of the large, national groups that are steeped in killing. But we have a few advantages they do not: truth, right, the hearts and minds of the American people, and the tide of history. Three out of four Americans believe it should be illegal for shelters to kill animals who are not suffering. The fourth is confused by the false claim that killing is a “necessary” evil, rather than what it just is: evil. Take a moment to send an email to your local Mayor, Supervisor, Commission or Council. Together, we can move mountains.
Today, there are over 130 communities, representing roughly 400 cities and towns across the U.S., with save rates between 90% and 99%. If they can do it in cities throughout Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, Utah, California, New York, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Tennessee, Texas, and elsewhere, so can we.
We now have a solution to shelter killing and it is not difficult, expensive nor beyond practical means to achieve. As the enclosed documents demonstrate, No Kill is a humane, sustainable, cost-effective model that works hand in hand with public health and safety, while fulfilling a fiscal responsibility to taxpayers.
Ours is a community of animal lovers, and our citizens, as well as the animals we love, deserve better. We deserve a shelter that reflects our values, not thwarts them.
- Dollars & Sense: The Economic Benefits of No Kill Animal Control: http://bit.ly/12rNoWz
- No Kill 101: A Primer on No Kill Animal Control for Public Officials: http://bit.ly/13EOPQU
From No Kill Advocacy Center director Nathan Winograd:
On June 11, 2012, the No Kill Advocacy Center and Animal Ark asked shelters across the country to end the killing of animals for Just One Day by putting down their “euthanasia needles” and picking up cameras instead: to photograph and market animals. We asked them to reach out to rescue groups, host adoption events, stay open for extended hours, and ask their communities to help them empty the shelter the good way. About 800 organizations answered the call, finding homes for roughly 9,000 animals, erasing one day’s worth of killing. It may have been the safest day for companion animals in shelters ever.
Those participating included some of the largest animal control shelters in the nation. In a California shelter, roughly 100 animals found homes. A Texas shelter, normally closed on Monday, opened for the day and placed 231 animals. A Florida shelter also participated and placed 116 animals. The director of animal control in still another reported, “The parking lot has been full since 10:00 this morning, it continues to be full. I’ve never seen so many people come out here all at one time, in one day.” Seventy-eight animals went home from a South Carolina shelter. In an Arizona shelter, 88 out of 100 dogs and 28 out of 30 cats were adopted by 11 am. In another community, they ran out of animals.
We are asking shelters to do the same on June 11, 2013. And if they can do it on June 11 for Just One Day, they can do it on June 12 for Just Another Day…
Ask your local shelter to take the pledge: www.justoneday.ws
Photo: The State of Colorado has declared June 11 as a day of No Kill. The Governor has asked every shelter across the state not to kill healthy and treatable animals as part of a nationwide effort to end the killing. (www.facebook.com/NoKillColorado)
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A pending bill before the Michigan state legislature would require people convicted of animal abuse to register with the state. The Animal Abuse registry would then be available to shelters, rescue groups, pet stores, breeders, and the public. If it passes, it would be the first such statewide registry in the nation and an important step toward curtailing the scourge of abuse by expanding common sense protections we now afford to children to another equally vulnerable population: animals.
Unfortunately, the state’s largest kill shelters are opposed saying that requiring them to look up abusers in an online database is too “burdensome” even though it would protect animals from harm and take two or three strokes of a keyboard. In addition, groups like HSUS are siding with kill shelters and abusers and not supporting the bill: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j-winograd/hsus-protecting-animal-abusers_b_3238668.html
Please contact your state senator and representative and ask them to cosponsor and vote Yes on “Logan’s Law,” HB 4534/4535.
How to find your representative: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/
How to find your senator: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysenator/fysenator.htm
Animals are capable of great joy when it comes to those they know and love. So it should be no surprise that they also are capable of great sorrow. In the recent Time magazine article “The Mystery of Animal Grief,” the author explains how cats will cry at the loss of a mate, elephants will reverently caress the bones of a departed friend even years after their death and dogs and rabbits mourn, too: “[S]orrow following a death has been observed on the farm—among goats, pigs, ducks—and in the oceans…” Indeed, there is great evidence proving that, like humans, animals “honor, mourn and even hold wakes for their dead.” What are the implications for a No Kill nation? And what does it tell us about shelters and groups that kill and/or defend killing?
Read “Death, the Great Equalizer,” an important article by No Kill Advocacy Center director Nathan Winograd by clicking here.
From Nathan Winograd: When animal lovers learn about the tragic reality of cruelty and killing that is endemic at our nation’s “shelters,” and that the national organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the ASPCA defend the killing and thwart reform efforts, the first—and the most logical—question that inevitably follows is: Why?
My book Friendly Fire answers this often confounding question while telling the stories of animals who have become catalysts for change: Oreo, Ace, Patrick, Kapone, Hope, Scruffy, Jeri & Murray, and others.
Today, the e-book version of Friendly Fire, will be available for free on Amazon (in the U.S.). You can download it here: http://amzn.to/12gHgNw. If you do not have a kindle, you can read it on any smartphone, computer, tablet or other e-reader with one of these free Kindle reading apps: http://amzn.to/11JcJtl.
When the early founders of the animal protection movement died and their organizations took over the job of killing those they had been formed to protect, a fiery zeal was replaced with a smoldering ember that gave little light or warmth and the humane movement went to sleep. After over 100 years of this antiquated and deadly paradigm, the grassroots of the animal protection movement is finally waking up.
Over 40 workshops, over 30 speakers, hundreds of attendees from all over the world, one goal: ending the killing of animals in your community. Make the story of the No Kill revolution, the story of your own hometown. Join us at No Kill Conference 2013. More info/register: www.nokillconference.org
You can support the No Kill Advocacy Center without spending any more than you already would if you follow this link to Amazon every time you shop there: http://amzn.to/Y28dDP. By following the link, you do NOT pay anything extra, but the No Kill Advocacy Center gets a portion of the proceeds.
“PETA is ‘using’ its status as a ‘shelter’ to the great detriment of animals in the Commonwealth [of Virginia].” So writes the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, in support of the No Kill Advocacy Center’s petition to the Virginia Department of Agriculture (VDACS) to remove PETA’s designation as a shelter, which would have curbed a needless slaughter. In the last 11 years, 29,426 animals have died at PETA’s hands including those they themselves described as “healthy,” “adorable,” and “perfect.”
Read the NKAC petition: http://bit.ly/ZK4kjj
Read the VFHS letter: http://bit.ly/ZgBzfb
Tragically, VDACS denied the petition. The killing continues…
No Kill Advocacy Center director Nathan Winograd asks, “What if you ran a shelter that saved all the animals?”