What is “No Kill”?

The following is the text of a No Kill Solutions article provided by Nathan Winograd at the Conference, that explains some of the key concepts inherent in the movement

       “There is only one legitimate definition of No Kill.

        It is a community where:

       • Healthy dogs and cats are saved;

       • Treatable dogs and cats are saved; and,

       • Healthy and treatable feral cats are saved”.

 To read the rest of this No Kill Solutions article, please go here…..

 Here is a message from a well-wisher in the US:

“The no kill movement is about COMMUNITIES, not individual shelters, although it usually starts with the leadership and inspiration of a specific organization. That organization can be animal control, it can be a private shelter, and it can even be a group of citizen reformers!

 Good luck to Australia becoming a No Kill nation!”

DRP comment:

Please let us know what chance you think that we can build our own No Kill movement here in Australia?

What ideas do you have to share that could spread the word as fast and as widely as possible??

Have you read Redemption, by Nathan Winograd yet? It’s a must read!

What are your thoughts on the US definition that says that “feral cats” should be saved? Is that relevant in the Australian context of threats to native animals? Let us know your views!

3 thoughts on “What is “No Kill”?

  1. Annelies Craig July 26, 2009 / 5:14 pm

    I very much support the No Kill movement here in Australia. I am a sole rescue person who by word of mouth or find if you will, rescue/saves cats that are stray or have been abandoned. I catch them, take them home, get them desexed, microchipped, vaccinated etc etc, tame them of course and then rehome them. I am also responsible in who they go to, I have a strict screening process and also request regular updates when they first leave my home.

    I believe that a real big issue in regards to both abandoned cats/dogs is the lack of education in regard to the upkeep/cost/desexing etc etc that goes with keeping an animal for the duration of its life. I don’t believe people are award of the issues pertaining to pet management.

    I believe another issue is the cost factor of getting an animal desexed, whilst people smoke, drink etc etc not trying to take away people’s rights, they however do not like spending money on an animal (desexing, microchipping) that goes into at least a couple of hundred. Desexing is a very important issue.

    I also don’t like pets being sold from Pet Shops (impuse buying) as I have seen/heard of some dreadful stories of Great Danes going into apartments etc etc. I believe that breeders are the only ones that should sell cats/dogs and they should be registered.

    The RSPCA needs to have stronger Legislation given by the government. They most of the time can only warn people about the mistreating of an animal. I know as I was involved in a case. Its only in extreme cases that they confiscate an animal. Strong sentences for people who are cruel to animals should be enforced, but getting off the subject a bit here.

    I also believe that feral cats can be homed in a large enclosure and live a life of solitude as long as they are well looked after. I have actually seen the feral cat sanctuary over in the UK and it is brilliant. I also believe that young feral cats can be tamed, I have tamed them, so has my sister. Providing they don’t carry the AIDs virus.

    As for our wild life, well the biggest destroyer of that is us humans in the name of progress. In the news just the other day it was saying that the future of our koalas is looking grim, due to their habitat being knocked down and redevelopment taking place. If you go back into our future you will see that we are the biggest destroyers of wild life. Look at our pollution levels…for an instance.

    Some of my thoughts anyway………..

  2. Helen Cowan July 26, 2009 / 6:46 pm

    I agree, pet shops should be banned from selling pets,most of the time from what I have heard the animals (mainly dogs)are usually sick and most times the cost is dearer than buying from a breeder.People pay for pure breeds and soon find out their not,I have heard this time & time again,I always maintain if the dog is pure bred and not ill why would you give it to a pet shop.
    As far as sterilisation it is most important not only to stop unwanted animals, but for the animals health ie prostate cancer,testicular cancer etc

  3. Belinda Elliott August 3, 2009 / 12:27 pm

    i am a vet nurse and some of the states and conditions ive seen pets in pet shops are disgusting. not only are the puppies and kittens full of worms. disease, crossbread, and handled like merchandise the owners are told they are different breeds than what they actually are. which dosnt provide an ideal home for a dog which has grown twice the size expected and sometimes need to be rehomed.
    Knowing these puppies are mostly going to good homes issome relief but as i have seen where they come from it makes me very upset to think w used and disposable the mum is .
    thank you
    Belinda Elliott 0402 335 154

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