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:
A4A Executive Director, Stacey Ritz provides much needed love and attention to 14 puppies saved from death row. The puppies were from various litters, but all were destined for the same fate if A4A had not come to their rescue. A4A arranged for a successful pull from the high-kill shelter and arranged three legs of transport drivers to get all of the puppies to safety in volunteer foster homes. In the photo, Stacey visits with the pack of puppies as they stretch their legs (mid-way through transport), many of them touching the grass for the very first time in the lives.