We are going to have a First Dog in the White House again. Two actually: Major and Champ Biden (pictured with incoming First Lady).

San Antonio, TX, is the latest city to ban the sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats in pet stores. With the defeat of the obstructionist Chair of the New York State Senate Domestic Animal Committee, we may finally succeed in passing true and comprehensive shelter reform in that state. We are going to have a First Dog in the White House again (two actually). The number of communities placing over 95% 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. And one of the most consequential results of this election for the growing success of our movement was the overwhelming vote to repeal Denver’s pit bull ban.

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The number of communities placing over 95% of the animals is increasing, including:

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, one of the most consequential results this election for the growing success of our movement was the overwhelming vote to repeal Denver’s pit bull ban, which killed dogs, broke apart families, cost over $100,000,000 to enforce and did nothing for public safety. Measure 2J passed with 65% of the vote. That means dogs identified as “pit bulls” can legally live in the city for the first time in decades. It allows these dogs to be adopted from local “shelters.” It stops these dogs from dying simply for the way they look. And it keeps families together by ending the specter of an officer coming to the door, taking a dog off a couch, driving them to the pound, killing them, and discarding their lifeless bodies in a garbage bag.

It is not a full repeal of breed discriminatory legislation, as other cities have done recently, but it is an important step in that direction and an important victory in and of itself as these dogs come out of the shadows and into the sun.

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