Friday, March 3, 2006

"No Kill"? Not Really

I posted one of my husband's old (1999) school papers about no-kill animal shelters so that Bruce Cordell can take a gander at it. If you are inclined to read it you can find it in my archives. A little snippet to get you clickin':
One of the most important distinctions that separates a shelter like San Francisco’s from most shelters stems from a fundamental difference in intake policies. Since both are faced with a greater number of displaced animals than homes, when cages are filled, they are faced with one of two choices: make room or stop taking animals until room is available. The no-kill shelters often close their doors and animals are placed on a waiting list that may require several months for an opening. This is not a real option for many owners who need to place pets immediately (moving, owner dies, etc.), strays that cannot be kept by the finder, and problem pets that are being destructive or aggressive. Typically, communities with no-kill shelters have a pound operated by animal control or another agency that is required to handle the overflow. The statistics for many of these shelters are therefore not driven by the need to accept all animals and allows time for adoption. Warren Cox, of the Dallas SPCA, said “It’s making the rest of us look like cold-blooded killers. And it’s turned into a heck of a fund-raising hype. There is no such thing as a true no-kill organization. You may not kill them yourself but send them to the next organization that will.”


  1. Yeah, it sucks, but those who are lucky enough to get in to the shelters aren't killed, right? That's something. It doesn't make it right, but I'd rather a few be saved than none at all. Besides, a lot of no kill shelters are fostering out pets. We have one here that tries to foster animals out when they can to avoid having to send the overflow to the pound. Of course, there are only so many people who can foster, but it's something.

    It's not a perfect system, but it's got to be better than just having pounds that give the poor animals a week or less before putting them down.

  2. Interesting post on a not too often noticed issue.