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Shelter Reform

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

Featured Success Story

Featured Success Story: Lily


Literally just moments away from certain death at the hands of shelter workers (due to nothing more than the shelters minimum once a week “clean out”), A4A founders successfully pulled Lily from death row. Temporary boarding was arranged overnight while A4A worked hard to coordinate transportation to one of the volunteer foster homes. When Lily arrived to A4A, she was severely underweight and terrified. With lots of love and care from the A4A team, Lily began to thrive after just a few short days in her volunteer foster home. She soon learned how to walk on a leash, she rode in the car like a pro, she learned to play with toys- and she certainly showed us all that she loves everyone! Once Lily was healthy, spayed and socially/emotionally strong- she was quickly adopted by a loving family in Kettering, OH. Lily quickly made herself a part of the family and we couldn’t be happier for Lily and her adopters! Read more about their story here: The Benefits of Adoption Adult Dogs: Lily's Story