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:
Sweet little Pearl was being kept in a tiny cramped bird cage at a high-kill shelter- with several other adult cats. With no room to stand and laying on the hard metal wires that lined the bottom of the cage- Pearl continued to purr and wish for help to come. Help came when A4A stepped up and rescued every cat inside of the cramped cage- pulling them all to safety with just moments to spare. All cats from this rescue, including Pearl- have since been adopted into individual loving homes to call their very own. (Photo: Volunteer Denise holds Pearl when they first arrive to her A4A foster home- the very day Pearl was pulled from the shelter by A4A).