“Two decades ago, the concept of a No Kill community was little more than a dream. Today, it is a reality in many cities and counties nationwide and the numbers continue to grow. And the first step is a decision, a commitment to reject kill-oriented ways of doing business. No Kill starts as an act of will. The next step involves putting in place the infrastructure to save lives.
Following a commitment to No Kill is the need for accountability. Accountability means having clear definitions, a lifesaving plan, and protocols and procedures oriented toward preserving life. But accountability also allows, indeed requires, flexibility. Too many shelters lose sight of this principle, staying rigid with shelter protocols, believing these are engraved in stone. They are not. Protocols are important because they ensure accountability from staff. But protocols without flexibility can have the opposite effect: stifling innovation, causing lives to be needlessly lost, and allowing shelter employees who fail to save lives to hide behind a paper trail.
The decision to end an animal’s life is an extremely serious one, and should always be treated as such. No matter how many animals a shelter kills, each and every animal is an individual, and each deserves individual consideration.
The No Kill Equation is a formula that works in a growing number of US communities. Excuses as to why “it can’t work” are now proving to be obstructionist. How long will it be before we make it work here in Australia?
Do our pounds and charity shelters treat each decision to end an animal’s life seriously? ( We do know that the RSPCA in Canberra ACT really do take this decision seriously, as do the Awl in Queensland at the Gold Coast City Pound))
Actions you can take: write to your local Pound or Shelter senior management (That’s Council AS WELL AS private Charity Shelters such as RSPCA or AWL) with a copy of this article, and explain what No Kill is all about, urging them to 1) read the book Redemption by Nathan Winograd 2) consider the strategies in the No Kill Equation 3) attend the 3rd Summit to end companion animal overpopulation on the Gold Coast.
Question:Is there any reason why the RSPCA and AWL, in every State, shouldn’t show leadership in building No Kill Communities in their Shelter areas?