The No Kill Equation
There are over 25 communities in the US who have achieved official No Kill Status (saving 90% or greater of animals). These communities have reached their goals through dedication and belief in the No Kill Equation. The communities stood up against the status quo and fought beaurocracy and regressive shelters to improve the lives of animals entering the shelter system. Local communities have the ability to save the majority of animals entering into their shelter once the commitment is made to join the No Kill Revolution. The key to this transformation is the implementation of the No Kill Equation – a set of mandatory programs and services that once implemented properly by a shelter, can save countless lives and eliminate the unnecessary killing of healthy and adoptable animals. The No Kill Equation consists of the following programs and services:
TNR Program – The TNR Program eliminates the need for shelters to kill feral cats (99.9% of all feral cats arriving at a regressive shelter will be killed) by providing them shelter, sterilization, and nutrition.
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs – This program effectively reduces the number of animals brought into the shelter by providing low cost sterilization options.
Rescue Groups – Shelters allow rescue groups to “pull” animals selected for the Kill List and provide a transfer of those animals to the rescue groups.
Foster Care – Shelters utilize public support by allowing citizens to care for (become a foster home/family) and rehabilitate animals that may be sick, injured, or experiencing behavioral problems.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs – Shelters utilize off-site adoption programs, effective marketing strategies for adoptions, increased hours to accommodate working people, and friendly and helpful shelter workers that make the adoption experience positive.
Pet Retention Programs – Owner surrenders are inevitable for any shelters but Pet Retention programs provide assistance to community members and provide innovative strategies and solutions for behavioral problems that may have led to surrendering the pet.
Public Relations / Community Development – Shelters must be seen in the community as a safe haven for animals, not a death camp. The more favorable a shelter is viewed by the community, the more likely community members will consider adopting from a shelter as opposed to a breeder. The adoption experience must be positive in order to continue high volume adoptions.
Volunteers – Volunteers are a necessity to any No Kill movement. A No kill Shelter requires immense work from both paid staff and unpaid volunteers. Volunteers should be made to feel welcome and important- because they are! An army of volunteers will make the difference between the success and failure of a No Kill Shelter.
A Compassionate Director – This is the most important element of any No Kill Movement. You must be guided by a leader who believes in the vision of No Kill and practices their belief every day. Attitudes are contagious and a positive attitude will spread throughout the shelter and community just the same as a negative attitude.
For additional information regarding the No Kill Equation, please visit:
The No Kill Revolution in America from No Kill Advocacy Center on Vimeo.
Featured Success Story:
Helen was rescued from a terrible hoarding situation. The home was being foreclosed on and there were countless varieties of un-fixed animals living in filth. Due to severe eye infections that were left untreated for years, Helen was blind at the time of her rescue. A4A worked directly on the case and took in the eight most severe felines needing assistance. A4A then arranged for successful rescue and transport of every pet in the home- working together with other area no-kill rescue organizations. Helen had a long list of health issues upon her arrival- but received the very best in veterinary/medical care- and of course in love, attention and play time in her A4A volunteer foster home. Due to Helen's severe health issues, she became a life-long member of A4A. She loved to play with cat toys that made noise so that she could track them-- she was fast, playful and she loved everyone. She purred and sat on laps every chance she had. She found every spot of warm sunlight that flooded through the large windows in her A4A home- enjoying every moment of sunbathing possible. Helen lived a happy, healthy life for just over a year after her rescue. Sadly, she succumbed to her lingering health issues. She is greatly missed by everyone at A4A- and all who had the pleasure of meeting her. Helen showed us all that blindness does not equal saddness or limitations in anyway. She did not let her disability stop her- she enjoyed every moment of life- always happy, always welcoming, always purring.