Dolly Mama is waiting at the Williamsburg, VA, shelter. In 2020, the shelter reported a 94% placement rate for dogs, 96% for cats, and 99% for rabbits and other small animals.

Extremists on both ends of the spectrum — the NRA on the Right and, on the Left, critical race theorists — are keeping dogs on chains. 133 years ago this week, the animals lost a great friend: Henry Bergh, the founder of the nation’s first SPCA, died. For the first time, “scientists have developed a cancer drug without testing it on animals by using a chip that simulates the human body.” Legislation in Colorado calls upon animals to be killed based on an animal’s “mental and emotional” state, even when — as is the case more often than not — simply getting the animal out of the pound can resolve any “mental and emotional” concerns. Recent CDC guidance on COVID-19 pet care falls short. The number of communities placing over 95% and as high as 99% of the animals is increasing. And Best Friends is lying about Los Angeles having achieved No Kill. 

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The number of communities placing over 95% and as high as 99% of the animals is increasing:

These shelters and the data nationally prove that animals are NOT dying in pounds because there are too many or too few homes or people don’t want the animals. They are dying because people in those pounds are killing them. Replace those people, implement the No Kill Equation, and we can be a No Kill nation today.

And finally, Best Friends is lying about Los Angeles having achieved No Kill. And we know L.A. has not achieved it because: 1. The cat placement rate was only 88%; 2. Even if it was 90% (and it wasn’t) it compares poorly with the communities placing 99% of cats now serving millions of Americans; 3. The city pound admittedly killed healthy cats all year; and, 4. It closed its doors for much of the year, turning away even injured animals, resulting in animals being abandoned. This much should go without saying: We don’t achieve No Kill by closing the doors to stray and injured animals. We don’t achieve it by killing healthy animals (as long as we keep that killing under 10%). We achieve No Kill by not killing them.

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