“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.” – from the No Kill Advocacy Center
Shelter killing is the leading cause of death for healthy dogs and cats in the United States. But there are some communities who are changing that. There are currently around 10,000,000 people living in communities that save 90% or more of their shelter animals using comprehensive programs designed to give every animal a chance.
What is No Kill?
No Kill does not mean saving every animal. It means giving every life a chance. For a shelter to reach No Kill status, it must have a live release rate of at least 90% for 12 consecutive months.
How is No Kill achieved?
No Kill status takes dedication on the part of the shelter staff and the community, with the implementation of the 11 elements of the No-Kill equation simultaneously. These programs help reduce the amount of animals entering the shelter (intake), as well as increase the number of animals leaving the shelter alive through adoption and rescue. There is not one element that is more important than another, they ALL must be implemented for No Kill success.
Resources to learn more about No Kill
Videos of successful No Kill Shelters