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It’s Even Better Than You Think

Perhaps we shouldn’t sell ourselves short in terms of how far we have truly come. Rather than talk about the 35 or so communities which are saving more than 90%, maybe we should be talking about what potentially is hundreds of No Kill cities and towns across America.

What is True Euthanasia?

The animal lover’s unknowable question.

They Know What They Know

Some people claim that pet overpopulation is real. They do not have evidence to support it. They do not have data or analysis. They have no idea how many available homes there are (the demand side of the equation) as opposed to how many animals are killed but for a home (the supply side).

No Kill 2.0

Even as we succeed in more and more communities, we must not simply sit back and wait for the others to catch up. We must update our efforts to reflect the changing nature of the No Kill debate within our own movement. We must upgrade to No Kill 2.0 with open and loving arms. The animals who are currently falling through the cracks that continue to exist also deserve our protective embrace.

A False Debate

A No Kill shelter can be either “limited admission” or “open admission.”

Good Homes Need Not Apply

When people decide to adopt from a shelter—despite having more convenient options such as buying from a pet store or responding to a newspaper ad—they should be rewarded.

Unobvious Choices: The Animal Protection Movement’s Fourteenth Floor

Understanding the opposition to shelter reform and innovation.

Images That Will Haunt You Forever

Our shelter system is broken. And in too many places, these facilities are little more than badly mismanaged houses of horrors. And I have the pictures to prove it.

The Great Abortion Non-Debate

The goal is not “no more animals being born.” The goal is, and has always been, “no more animals being killed.”

Understanding the Culture of Cruelty

The first time many animals experience neglect and cruelty is at the very shelters that are supposed to protect them from it. Why?