Shortly, legislation will be introduced in New York to mandate community cat sterilization instead of killing; to ban discrimination based on “breed” in adoption; to provide prompt and necessary veterinary care, social enrichment, exercise; to ensure that animals are no longer hidden in the back and quietly killed; and to empower rescue groups. Tragically, we know that PETA will oppose it, given that their employees are schooled in the belief — and act upon the belief — that animals want to die and should be killed, but what will the ASPCA do? What will HSUS do? What will Best Friends do? They have killed such legislation in the past. But it is a new day, a new bill, a new era when their cynical arguments against shelter reform no longer have traction. Will they help us? Or will they once again consign tens of thousands of Kitbulls to their deaths?
In case you missed it:
- The only way to stop a bully is to stand up to a bully. Despite PETA hiring one of the largest law firms in the world & some of the most expensive lawyers in the country trying to silence critics, I stood up to them and won.
- A puppy was turned away by PetSmart and not allowed to play with other dogs because of a regressive, anachronistic, unscientific, and historically racist policy that bans dogs because of how they look. It is time to take our consumer dollars elsewhere.
- What Kitbull, Pixar’s masterpiece, says about how far the No Kill movement has come, how far it still has to go, the need for shelter reform legislation, and corruption within groups like the ASPCA, HSUS, PETA, and yes, Best Friends.
- A pound with a history of abuse now requires rescuers to sign “a ‘code of conduct’ that includes a policy that they may not engage in any activity or communication negative to the Animal Resource Center.” Such a policy is not only unethical; it is illegal.
- In Alabama, Madison County and the City of Huntsville reported a 92% placement rate for cats and 90% for dogs.
- In Missouri, Kansas City reported a 93% placement rate for cats and 93% for dogs.
- In Washington, Camano Island reported a 100% placement rate for dogs, 100% for rabbits and other small animals, and 94% for cats.
- In Texas, Williamson County reported a 98% placement rate for dogs and 92% for cats.
And speaking of Texas, Austin and Travis County, TX, remain the largest community by human population and total shelter intakes in the 90% Club. Despite taking in over 16,000 dogs and cats and serving well over 1,000,000 people, Austin reported a 99% placement rate for dogs and 96% for cats.
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