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 – http://www.rescue50.org/pdf/rescue50capa.pdf )
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 http://www.rescue50.org/legislators.html
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Featured Success Story:
Helen was rescued from a terrible hoarding situation. The home was being foreclosed on and there were countless varieties of un-fixed animals living in filth. Due to severe eye infections that were left untreated for years, Helen was blind at the time of her rescue. A4A worked directly on the case and took in the eight most severe felines needing assistance. A4A then arranged for successful rescue and transport of every pet in the home- working together with other area no-kill rescue organizations. Helen had a long list of health issues upon her arrival- but received the very best in veterinary/medical care- and of course in love, attention and play time in her A4A volunteer foster home. Due to Helen's severe health issues, she became a life-long member of A4A. She loved to play with cat toys that made noise so that she could track them-- she was fast, playful and she loved everyone. She purred and sat on laps every chance she had. She found every spot of warm sunlight that flooded through the large windows in her A4A home- enjoying every moment of sunbathing possible. Helen lived a happy, healthy life for just over a year after her rescue. Sadly, she succumbed to her lingering health issues. She is greatly missed by everyone at A4A- and all who had the pleasure of meeting her. Helen showed us all that blindness does not equal saddness or limitations in anyway. She did not let her disability stop her- she enjoyed every moment of life- always happy, always welcoming, always purring.