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What is a No -Kill Shelter?                              

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimated in July 2008 that approximately three to four million pets are killed yearly in shelters across the United States.The No Kill Advocacy Center and Alley Cat Allies claim this number is closer to five million. No-kill shelters are trying to end this killing by increasing the demand for shelter dogs and cats and reducing the supply by reducing the number of animals born and thus the number of animals which end up in shelters, and through increased spay/neuter, including low-cost/free help for low-income people.

The objective of no-kill is to prevent filling animal pounds to capacity.  How this is accomplished encompasses everything that the no-kill movement is about.

“We can stop looking for that easy one-step solution to overpopulation. We’ve already had a quick-fix for the last 150 years. It has been killing.  Today our society is ready for a more sophisticated and humane response.

No-Kill shelters received a financial boost with the establishment of the $250 million Maddie’s Fund. A number of communities in the United States have received financial grants from this fund which they credit with increasing their live-release rate. According to Maddie’s Fund, in America only about 20% of pets are adopted while the rest are from breeders and other sources. By increasing that number by just a few percentage points, they believe that the problem of euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs can be solved.

Italy has outlawed the euthanasia of healthy companion animals since 1991 and controls stray populations through trap, neuter and return programs. A compilation of 10 years’ worth of data on feral cat colonies in Rome has shown that although trap-neuter-return decreased the cat population, pet abandonment was a significant problem.

India has the world’s oldest no-kill traditions. The earliest instances of high volume spaying/neutering of stray dogs were done in India. In 1994, the city of Mumbai agreed to handle dog control on a no-kill basis . In 1998, the Indian government announced the goal of the whole country becoming no-kill by 2005. At that time, cities such as DelhiChennai and Jaipur had already adopted no-kill.
Mandatory spay/neuter laws in Deltona, Fl may go a long way for animal welfare.
Claudia Bensimoun
Freelance writer
© Copyright 2012


  1. I live in the south of italy. there is a terrible secret here that must get out. there is no such thing as TNR-shelter for dogs, called “canile” are now a big business and are concentration camps for dogs.Now that it is illegal to euthanize an animal every commune, city, must contract with a shelter. most are run by profiteers and in the south the mafia,(they are used for dog fights,as well) they receive between 3-8euro for each dog, every the math-1 dog=1,000euro, 10=10,000. the money does not go to help the dogs. they are mostly in desperate conditions, little food, very sick, dead dogs left to rot, dogs not neutered of spayed as they get more money that way. no water, no shelter from the heat or cold. packed in cages -a life sentence, as no one adopts these dogs.It is in no way an exaggeration to say that death would be a blessing. It is difficult for the public to even find these “canile” mostly in the south of italy, where everyone is pocketing taxpayer money, the mayor, the local vets, the shelter owners. In the south especially, animals are considered only so much garbage, and the only time they seem to care about an animal is when you try to suggest spaying and neutering and they say it is “not natural” the animals need to have the joy of sex and motherhood I am not kidding. but regularly dogs and puppies are dumped, poisoned, burned. No one knows about these brutal shelters, and when you tell them here they shrug and say “thats the way it is”
    so much for shame. please tell people about this-the secret must get out!

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