The sources below on “no-kill” shelters were provided by Chris as a comment on my post Redemption about the work of Nathan Winograd in establishing truly humane animal shelters. I thought this annotated list of links on what’s happening in Canada and the US merited being an actual post. Chris is a member of the City of St. Thomas’ animal control advisory committee and is active in cat rescue. Thanks Chris.
“No-Kill News” (www.no-killnews.com), the independent blog that tracks places that have reached a 90% or better live release rate for at least a year, has changed its name to “No-Kill Communities.” It kept the same website, but a few months ago it became defunct. The new blog, by the same author, is called “Out The Front Door” http://www.outthefrontdoor.com - “Listing 129 (and counting) communities that report saving 90% or more of shelter animals. More to come!”
This is important documentation because there are still people and groups out there saying successful no-kill shelter operation is not possible.
Much of the info on the original blog was moved to that new site. So far the info on Calgary, Nova Scotia and Lanark County, Ontario has not been moved there. That info may be available in cached form on the old blog.
The information about the Nova Scotia SPCA’s efforts to create a no kill province using Winograd’s No Kill Equation is quite remarkable and inspiring.
If you visit the NS SPCA site they are quite transparent with their information and progress, including some house cleaning (or pruning) they needed to do at a branch that was not on board. They have achieved greater than 90 percent live release rate overall, averaged between cats and dogs, I believe.
Many people in St. Catharines, Ontario want to reform their animal control, currently run by a branch of the Ontario SPCA. The group “No Kill St. Catharines” has a Facebook page with a “Files” section where they post their press releases. They are very informative and include support from the real experts on creating a no kill community – people that have already achieved it. Example:
“4th NKS Press Release: Nova Scotia SPCA Past-President Weighs in on No Kill Policy in St. Catharines”
– ST.CATHARINES, ON (November 11, 2012) – What is “No Kill” and does it really work?
By: Sean Kelly, Past President, Nova Scotia SPCA (NSSPCA)
Another example: “5th NKS Press Release: No Kill Community in Texas Speaks Out in Favour of No Kill in St. Catharines”
– by Michael Kitkoski, Director of Rockwall Pets, Rockwall, Texas
Relevant to this, Texas appellate lawyer Ryan Clinton helped turn his community of Austin, Texas into one that saves more than 90 percent of animals that go through their municipal shelter.
Ryan has several excellent posts for reform advocates on his blog, “O is for Onward”.
“When to Call B.S. on an “Expert”:
WHAT ANIMAL ADVOCATES, POLICYMAKERS, AND THE PRESS CAN LEARN FROM THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT” – is one of my favourites.
“… there are some expert opinions that are helpful, meaningful, material, and probative of whatever it is the expert is speaking about, and there are other expert opinions that are merely the “ipse dixit” of a credentialed witness. The former are helpful; the latter are devoid of any merit whatsoever regardless of source. The rub is distinguishing between them, and that’s where the Texas Supreme Court comes in.”
… If certain criteria are not met, then the expert’s opinion “is unreliable and, legally, no evidence” at all. It amounts to nothing of value.”
“… And when you can have a real conversation— based on actual facts— to determine what is best for animals, the animals win.”