Is a No-Kill Nation Possible?

Experts share the latest initiatives aimed toward the ultimate goal.

By Laura Lee Bloor

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Last year, between four and five million adoptable cats and dogs died because they couldn’t find homes. Put another way, seven of 10 cats and five of 10 dogs in shelters are killed because no one adopts them, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

As animal lovers, we avoid thinking about these grim statistics. We know some shelters kill, but why? Especially if their policies are supposedly in the best interest of animals?

The problem is space. In its official statement, the National Animal Control Association (NACA) says that animal control shelters, because they’re government-funded, are required to accept all animals they receive, including strays and owner-relinquished, abandoned and seized pets. Sometimes these shelters have more animals than they can humanely house and care for. In response, the NACA has adopted a “low-kill” philosophy, which essentially is to kill the fewest number of animals possible.

**Get the July 2009 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

Click here to see CatChannel’s exclusive slideshow on timeline of the no-kill movement.

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Jacquie    Fairfax, VA

7/12/2009 5:05:06 AM

I found it very encouraging to see that rescue organizations and shelters are joining forces ... each of us should do our part to volunteer as stated in the article. To help with HART's cat team in the Northern Virginia area, please visit www.hart90.org. Thanks!

Karen    Kansas City, KS

6/13/2009 9:20:50 AM

I love animals of all kinds. Grew up on a farm with everything. BUT, I love people also! When will our country have a "no-kill" unborn baby policy? We, as humans, are created in the image of our Creator, yet, just in our country alone, 1.5 million babies are aborted (killed) every year. In our world, millions more! All God's creatures, humans and animals, require our love and respect. Until we respect ALL life, how can we have respect for the animals in our lives.

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