November 4 is the official kick off of “National Animal Shelter Reform Week.” It is a week dedicated to educating the American public about the rampant neglect and abuse in U.S. “shelters,” the systematic killing that goes on in them, and what we can do to bring this tragedy to an end.
We wrote Friendly Fire not only to expose this crisis of cruelty, but to explain the nature of the opposition to the No Kill movement so that others—animal lovers, public officials, legislators, the media—can find the confidence and courage necessary to see through, and stand up to, those who seek to delay and derail urgently needed shelter reform.
Show up at a shelter with baked goods, such as donuts and cupcakes, and HSUS and Maddie’s Fund believe those shelters will finally listen to what you have to say, they will implement your recommendations with integrity, and they will stop killing animals.
No Kill is a humane, sustainable, cost-effective model that works hand in hand with public health and safety, while fulfilling a fiscal responsibility to taxpayers. The animals deserve it. And so do the people who love them: people like you. Prepare, educate, fight, win.
For years, the Humane Society of the United States accused No Kill advocates of lowering the quality of adoptive homes. Although we did no such thing, quantity and quality can go hand in hand, the truth is that no one can reduce the quality more than HSUS President Wayne Pacelle. How long can he go? To the very bottom.