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.
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Featured Success Story: Pearl
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).