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:
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!