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:
After 12+ years as a puppy mill dog, forced to spend her life in a cramped crate, Grandma was tossed into a high-kill shelter and said to be "no longer of service". Terrified, Grandma wouldn't allow shelter workers to touch her. She was labeled "vicious" and "unadoptable" by the shelter. A4A stepped in to rescue Grandma and one month later, with lots of love, great nutrition and top veterinary care- she was thriving. Grandma has since found her forever home and enjoys every day of her happy, healthy life!