The key to any successful initiative is to get informed – Building a No Kill Community is no different. The better prepared you are for this journey, the more likely you will be in getting your local shelter to adopt and implement the No Kill Equation, legislators to consider legislation such as CAPA, and encouraging community members to rally around your initiative and demand change. Shelter reform is not an overnight process and in most cases, will require legislative efforts and the support of your local community’s county commissioners. Taking on the status quo in any situation is an uphill battle. Be prepared to counter opponents of your vision with statistics, information and case studies of other communities who have adopted successful No Kill policies. It is also imperative to have community support on your side. County Commissioners may not listen to one concerned citizen, but when a large group of their constituents talk, they are bound to listen. Again, knowledge is power – the more informed you are, the more likely you are to end the daily unnecessary killing of innocent animals in your area.
To learn more about Shelter reform and specific steps you must take to begin in your community, please visit http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/shelter-reform/
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).