No Kill Declaration
Building true No Kill Communities around the globe is within our reach as a society and it is up to us, the local community members, taxpayers, and concerned animal welfare citizens, to push regressive shelters into the 21st century. We must stand up to political powers and shelter directors who continuously promote legislation that perpetuates killing instead of ending the needless practice of unnecessary killing once and for all. It is our belief that a better world for companion animals is within our reach. To date, over 25 former High-Kill Shelters have changed their thoughts and have worked hard to achieve No Kill Status- proving once again that our belief is realistic and attainable with the proper leadership and local community involvement. It may not be easy and we may have powerful forces attempting to stop us at each and every turn, but the eyes, hearts and souls of innocent shelter animals across the country are trusting us to stand up and fight for what is right. We need to be the voice for the voiceless. Lives are at stake – in fact over 4 million lives are at stake each year! Lives that can be saved with policies, legislation, dedication and collaboration among shelters and their communities. The march forward will not be easy and the stakes are incredibly high – but as as Margaret Mead stated, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
To view the No Kill Declaration, please visit http://www.nokilldeclaration.org/
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).