I am getting ready to take off for the No Kill Conference in Washington, D.C.—the only national conference that says we can end the killing and we can do it today.

I look forward to meeting No Kill advocates from 40 states and 7 countries. I look forward to hearing the speakers who come from shelters with save rates as high as 97%. I look forward to the international speakers who are leading the way to a No Kill Australia and a No Kill New Zealand. I look forward to the animal law attorneys who are protecting the rights of animals and the rights of those who love them: volunteers and rescuers. I look forward to the advocates who have succeeded in reforming their local shelters, even when those shelters initially refused to do what was right. One thing I am not looking forward to is the sweltering heat and humidity. But it will be well worth it to spend a weekend inspired by those who are blazing a trail toward ending the needless killing of millions of animals in U.S. shelters every year. A No Kill nation is within our reach.