You Can Help Safeguard the Future of Countless Animals in Our Community
As you know, Kill No More was recently established for the purpose of promoting a No-Kill philosophy for all community animal shelters locally and elsewhere in North Carolina. Our mission is to help provide solutions to what is a serious problem in many communities throughout North Carolina.
Shelter killing is the leading cause of death for healthy companion animals in the United States. Adoptable animals are surrendered to public “kill” facilities for a variety of reasons and usually through no fault of their own. For example, here in Moore County alone in 2015, 37% of all animals surrendered to its facility never made it out. That’s over 1000: nearly three every day. And that’s an improvement over prior years. A decade ago, it is estimated that over 7,000 animals were killed annually.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (“ASPCA”) estimates that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter public shelters each year in the United States and that 96% are dogs and cats. The ASPCA also estimates over 2.5 million of these animals are killed in public shelters. Many are mercifully euthanized for good reason but the vast majority, perhaps up to 90%, are killed because of lack of space; stressful or unsanitary conditions inside the shelter making them sick and therefore subject to euthanasia; or subjective yet inaccurate evaluations of potential adoptability.
The No-Kill philosophy embraces shelter reforms that promote innovative programs and services to achieve a 90% live-release rate, accepting that realistically up to 10% of animals entering shelters are mercifully euthanized due to untreatable illness, injury or dangerous behavior.
Many public shelters have embraced this philosophy to make major improvements, such as: Jacksonville, FL; Indianapolis; Nashville; El Paso; Baton Rouge; San Jose; Charleston, SC to name a few. In North Carolina, Asheville and Orange County have also been successful.
Forward-thinking public shelters are fostering robust on-site volunteer programs; engaging more citizens in aspects of off-site initiatives; providing accessibility; aggressively marketing adoptable animals via the internet and frequent adoption events; and working with and supporting local, private rescue organizations.
How can you help? Simply stated: “Spread the word.” Educate yourself and encourage others to do the same. Incredibly, most people are not aware that adoptable animals are killed in public shelters, let alone how many. Also, support local, private no-kill rescue organizations and their efforts to save and adopt these animals to suitable homes. They are key to eliminating the unnecessary destruction of life.
(originally published August/2016)