At 1.1 million people in its jurisdiction, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is one of the largest communities in the nation in the 90% Club, an important milestone on the road to No Kill. This piggy boy is available for adoption there.
In case you missed it:
- Insurance companies would be banned from discriminating against people who live with dogs of any “breed” if new legislation introduced in Maryland becomes law. Some insurance companies will not provide homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies if a “pit bull” lives in the home. SB0647 would make that illegal.
- Companies would also be banned from selling cosmetics tested on animals in Maryland if another piece of legislation passes. SB0540 is set for its first hearing in early March. It is based on legislation which passed in California last year and will go into effect January 1, 2020.
- In terms of service population, at 1.1 million people in its jurisdiction, the Fairfax County, VA, is one of the largest communities in the nation in the 90% Club, an important milestone on the road to No Kill. It reported a 92% placement for cats, 93% for dogs, and 95% for other animals.
- Like Fairfax, Louisa County, VA, is another of the 20 communities across the state in the 90% Club. It reported a 96% placement rate for cats, 95% for dogs, and 100% for other animals.
- The No Kill Advocacy Center is updating its No Kill Toolkit — a collection of 28 FREE step-by-step guides on everything from banning the gas chamber to turbocharging an adoption program. The latest update is a guide on calculating live release rates honestly. It also debunks the misleading, dishonest spin that many shelters use in order to claim No Kill before No Kill is truly reached.
- PG&E has long been one of the leading destroyer of trees in California. And it’s only going to get worse. It forecasts “removing approximately 375,000 trees” this year, claiming doing so will reduce the risk of wildfires. It will actually make things worse. I recently wrote and asked the Court overseeing PG&E’s criminal case to require PG&E to instead upgrade its shoddy, dated, and dangerous infrastructure. It is that infrastructure that starts fires, burns homes, harms animals, and kills people.
- After hiring a new director, the Humane Society of Fremont County — Canon City, CO’s “open admission” shelter — went from placing only 44% of the animals to placing 99% overnight. Doug is asking animal lovers to vote for Canon City to be the small business community of the year. If they win, Doug — who is in the business of saving lives — has a chance to get his message that we can be a No Kill nation and we can do it today to communities across the country.
And finally, the animals lost a great friend and champion. Orly Degani, who used her considerable legal skills to fight for the rights of animals, died Monday, Feb. 4. Her many victories for animals included a California Supreme Court decision that upheld the ban on the sale of shoes made from kangaroos; successfully defending the City of West Hollywood in its ban on the declawing of cats; and, bringing the first Sec. 1983 lawsuit to protect the first amendment rights of rescuers and volunteers. In addition to being an avid rescuer and ethical vegan, she was also my friend. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.
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