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:
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!