Australian nativists employ high-tech cruelty to kill cats based on a flawed and violent philosophy. El Paso police say conditions that led to dogs cannibalizing each other in the pound is not a crime. The birth of TNR on college campuses. A 90% placement rate is not No Kill. A new study concludes that dogs who guard their food in the shelter can be safely adopted out. Model provisions ensure that shelters which contract to perform animal control services reduce killing and maximizing placement rates. All holding periods are not created equal. And finally, the story of Annie — her abuse, her surgery, and her adoption — underscores a fundamental tenet of sheltering: we owe the neediest animals who arrive in our shelters looking for a second chance everything.
In case you missed it:
- In addition to traditional (barbaric) methods, Australian nativists are using high-tech cruelty to kill cats: a laser-sighted device that sprays cats with a lethal gel that they lick off and causes them to suffocate.
- Abusive conditions in the El Paso, TX, pound that led dogs to cannibalize one another did not rise to the level of “criminal wrongdoing” according to police.
- The fascinating story of how a small group of cats lovers saved 1,000 cats and, in the process, pioneered TNR on college campuses.
- Why a 90% placement rate is not No Kill.
- A comprehensive, new study of dogs who guarded their food in the shelter concludes that shelters should stop killing dogs for this, as they can be safely adopted out. While welcome, the study does not go far enough.
- The No Kill Advocacy Center has model provisions to ensure that shelters which contract to perform animal control services for cities, towns, or counties are held accountable by following the most innovative and progressive policies that reduce killing and maximizing placement rates.
- In many shelters, holding periods are often the only thing standing between life and death for an animal. But not all of them are created equal. A bifurcated holding period allows animals to be adopted out more quickly, allows animals to be transferred to rescue groups immediately, frees up cage and kennel space, and reduces costs, without eviscerating minimal protections to prevent killing.
And finally, Annnie was abused before she was seized and brought to Animal Ark Rescue in Columbus, GA. Her abuse was so severe, it resulted in the first ever felony animal cruelty case filed in the county. Annie required an orthopedic specialist to repair her back, broken legs, before being adopted into a loving, new home where she is now “living her best life.” What do we owe the neediest animals who arrive in our shelters looking for a second chance? We owe them everything.
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