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Companion Animal Protection Act

The Companion Animal Protection Act was developed by the No Kill Advocacy Center as model legislation to guide communities to achieve No Kill Status.  CAPA mandates that shelters implement proven lifesaving services and programs within their community – such as allowing Rescue Access to animals placed on the Kill list and providing transparency regarding shelter statistics. (Click here for more information – )

The legislation is simple; it takes the unnecessary killing of healthy and adoptable companion animals out of the equation and introduces proven lifesaving programs.  U.S. shelters have been left on their own accord and in turn have been directly responsible for the mass killing of over 4 million healthy adoptable companion animals each year.  It is time to change the legislation and force shelters to implement the lifesaving programs that have helped guide over 25 communities within the U.S., including Austin, TX and Reno, NV to become true No Kill Communities.  We cannot simply trust shelters, their directors, and beaurocratic powers to do the right thing and end senseless and needless killing of healthy adoptable companion animals- as history has shown us that instead of using their power to save the lives of animals that they pledge to help, they instead produce mass killing centers and refuse to implement current and proven lifesaving methods and programs for the animals.  CAPA is necessary if we wish to instill true No Kill measures into U.S. Shelters.

To view both full and modified versions of the Companion Animal Protection Act and to find more information how you can introduce to the legislators in your local community, please visit

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Featured Success Story

Featured Success Story: Dempsey

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Dempsey is a Shepherd-mix puppy that was hit by a car when he was approximately 5 weeks old. A bystander that saw the accident took Dempsey to a nearby high-kill shelter for help. It was apparent that he suffered a broken nose and road rash on his leg. It was decided that the best plan of action was to leave the nose alone and let it heal naturally. Dempsey was placed on "death row" after it was determined that there were no prospective adopters. Luckily, Advocates 4 Animals arranged transport and rescued him just in time! The very next day, he was adopted into his forever home! Today, Dempsey is close to 80 pounds and is a healthy, happy dog. However, his road has been slightly bumpy along the way. After his adoption, he was treated for roundworms, hookworms, an allergic skin reaction, and demodectic mange. Luckily, his adopters were more than willing to get him all fixed up and now he's almost as good as new! His broken nose healed, but it is crooked and he will probably "snort" the rest of his life. The road rash healed perfectly and there are no lasting scars. He enjoys his days hanging out with his canine sister, Molly, and his two feline siblings, Dusty and Yanu. He thinks he's a lap dog and loves to play tug-of-war and chew on rawhide bones. His adopters are so happy to have him!