Wanda (pictured here facing the camera) was deemed “dog aggressive” by staff in a Texas pound and scheduled to be killed. She now regularly plays with other dogs. A Utah pound calls itself No Kill despite killing healthy, “feral” cats because it keeps the killing at less than 10%. “New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under legislation heading to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk…” Muncie, Indiana, reported a placement rate of 97% for dogs and 95% for cats. What we owe traumatized animals who arrive in our shelters looking for a second chance. After 30 years, dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Kansas City, Kansas. Rosenberg, Texas, announced that it had its best month ever, placing 100% of dogs and 97% of cats. For nearly a century, federal and state governments have been trying to exterminate coyotes, killing roughly half a million a year. And, finally, my “aha” moment in sheltering.

In case you missed it:

And finally, don’t forget to join me Sunday morning at 5 am PT/8 am ET for a 45-minute radio interview about my “aha” moment when I realized I was going to dedicate my life to reforming the dysfunction in animal sheltering, the progress we’ve made in doing so, precedent toward establishing legal personhood for animal companions, and even the cow I met in 1991 that made me vegan. The far ranging interview is on KIDX 101.5 FM out of New Mexico. You can listen online nationally here.

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