A Gentle Hand

Six dirty, scared puppies craving attention and a gentle hand were surrendered to the Nevada Humane Society. And that is exactly what they were given. Not surprisingly, Washoe County (Reno), Nevada has a 94% save rate despite a per capita intake rate two times more than the national average, four times more than Los Angeles, five times more than San Francisco and ten times more than New York City. It is one of over 80 communities nationwide representing over 200 cities and towns across America saving in excess of 90% of all animals.

But in many communities, those puppies would have been marched from the front counter to their deaths. They would have been stuffed inside a gas chamber or poisoned with an overdose of barbiturates. Only one state in the U.S., California, has a holding period for “owner surrendered” animals, a law passed over the objections of groups like HSUS.

In still others, they might have been made available for adoption, but they would have faced the very real possibility of being neglected or abused in the process. In fact, the first time many animals are abused is by the very agency which is supposed to protect them from it: the local shelter.

If you do not live in one of those 80-plus communities, you need to do something about it. The No Kill revolution starts with YOU.

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