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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 http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/shelter-reform/

Featured Success Story

Featured Success Story: Dempsey

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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!