Michigan has more communities placing over 90% of dogs and cats in its shelters than any other state in the country and half of those are placing at least 97%. When pounds claim they are “saving lives,” most of the time it’s a euphemism. A court victory for shelter reformers, volunteers, rescuers, and especially the animals they serve. Animals will get their own lawyers and community cats will get greater protections if legislation in Michigan is passed. California widens the safety net for animals. And there’s been a 90% drop in U.S. pound killing; here’s why and how it happened.
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- Baraga County, Houghton County, and Keweenaw County, MI, are members of one of the most exclusive clubs in the No Kill movement: communities placing 98% or more of the animals. The shelter that serves all three counties reported a placement rate of 99% for dogs and 98% for cats.
- So is Midland County, MI. It’s shelter reported a placement rate of 98% for dogs and 98% for cats.
- Michigan has more communities placing over 90% of dogs and cats in its shelters than any other state in the country. And half of those are placing at least 97%. Things can only improve if new legislation protecting community cats and their caregivers recently introduced is enacted into law.
- Animals will get their own lawyers if legislation pending in Michigan becomes law. House Bill 4592 allows courts to appoint a legal advocate to represent the best interests of the animal in a cruelty case, including recommendations involving custody.
- “Euthanasia,” “put to sleep,” even the word “shelter” is a euphemism. But what about the terms “lifesaving,” “saving lives,” and even “save rates”? Aren’t they euphemisms too? Often, they are.
- In a victory for free speech — and a victory for anyone who has spoken out on behalf of animals mistreated, abused, and killed in city pounds — a Federal Court of Appeal ruled that public officials cannot censor critical comments or block individuals for being critical on their official social media pages.
- The new California budget includes millions of dollars to provide free veterinary care for the pets of the state’s homeless population. This is just one way California is widening the safety net for animals.
And finally, there’s been a 90% drop in the pound killing of U.S. dogs and cats since the 1970s. Its been called “the single biggest success of the modern animal protection movement.” There are many reasons why and how this happened, but the single most important factor is that pounds are changing the way they operate.
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