When you hear the term "no kill" animal shelter, what do you think?...

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If you hear the term “no kill” animal shelter what do you think?  Most of us, myself included until becoming involved with Los Angeles animal rescue, think that no animals will be killed.  And to take the term literally, you would be correct.  But in actuality, 10% of animals can be killed in a “no-kill shelter”, meaning, obviously, that 90% entering are expected to be saved.  Hence, in the world of animal shelters, the term can be very misleading.

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If you search Wikipedia, you will see that the term “no kill” for an animal shelter means “a shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when full, euthanizing terminally ill or those considered dangerous to public safety” (unadoptable).  Most that are part of the no-kill movement would define “no kill” as all healthy and treatable animals are saved.  If we dismantle these two definitions, we could almost with certainty lump feral or stray cats into the ‘unadoptable’ category; for those that follow me on Active Rain and/or Facebook, certainly Carmen who was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma would not have been deemed healthy.  And what about Octavia, who is lovely with humans but needed to be the only pet in a household?  She ‘could’ possibly have been considered dangerous if a shelter saw her reaction to other dogs.  And let’s face it, when a dog or cat has been led into a shelter, more often than not having been part of a home, they are terrified and could react to strangers and situations with aggression brought on by fear or confusion.  Fortunately, both Carmen and Octavia were pulled by Lange Foundation in West Los Angeles, so they escaped what could have been a different fate.  (To be clear, I am not suggesting that a truly dangerous animal be released back into the population.)

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Reputable rescue groups, and not just in Los Angeles, define “no kill” as what you would expect the term to mean.  That said animal rescue groups are not animal shelters.  One cannot take an animal to a local rescue group and expect that group to take in the animal.  Rather, the rescue groups will ‘pull’ animals from their area shelters, often times taking those that may require surgeries or medical treatment, thus freeing up shelters to take in more animals that are impounded.  And of course, healthy animals have a much higher expectancy of being adopted from the shelters.  Recently some rescue groups have set up intervention programs at the shelters.  These intervention programs help people that need financial assistance so that they can keep their animal rather than turn it into the shelter program.

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Speaking as a Los Angeles rescue Realtor, in my opinion the bottom line to achieving “no kill” in the true sense of the word is simple.  Practice responsible pet ownership!  People need to commit to their animal for life, not discard it when it’s no longer convenient.  Spay and neuter.  If you are in an area where there are stray cats, reach out to rescue groups that can show you how to practice trap neuter return.  This is the proven and humane way of stopping the reproduction of stray cats, and replacing it with caring for community cats.  If everyone did their part, no kill could truly be achieved.

 

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Endre - I am not sure if it was you, Diane, one of your posts or somewhere else where I learned the definition of "no kill" shelters.  Definitions matter but true caring matters even more.

Mar 27, 2019 07:46 PM #1
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Nina Hollander
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What a wonderful explanation, Endre, for those who are not fully familiar with how animals are sheltered. I adopt mine from a true no-kill shelter and as far as I'm concerned those volunteers do God's work. I couldn't have said it better myself (because if people followed these suggestions, we'd have fewer animals in any kind of shelter):

Practice responsible pet ownership!  People need to commit to their animal for life, not discard it when it’s no longer convenient.  Spay and neuter. 

Mar 28, 2019 05:40 AM #2
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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HI Endre Barath, Jr. - Great explanation of a no-kill animal shelter. I have volunteered at the  Humane Society of Sedona and found the expereince very rewarding. 

Mar 28, 2019 06:16 AM #3
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again Endre and great great job with this. There are few no kill shelters no matter how they ptomote themselves. When I was in NJ I worked with a rescue that unfortunately killed animals as well. Your suggestions are really wonderful.

Mar 28, 2019 06:30 AM #4
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The artist Mike Carroll on Lanai, his wife started a rescue group for feral cats on that island and today there are no feral cats.

Mar 28, 2019 08:36 AM #5
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George Souto
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Endre I would not have know the true meaning of the term "No Kill Shelter" if I had not read your blog.  They should really come up with a more accurate term.

Mar 28, 2019 11:13 AM #6
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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All animals deserve to live a long, happy life Endre. We have a few of those shelters here that allow that to happen, thankfully. Best Friends in Kanab is the best one!

Mar 28, 2019 07:16 PM #7
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Michael Jacobs  you are absolutely right true caring is what matters, Endre

Mar 28, 2019 09:16 PM #8
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Nina Hollander it is about responsible pet ownership, our animals are part of the family and we treat them as our children and would never under any circumstances give them up....Endre

Mar 28, 2019 09:17 PM #9
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  we have friends who are very active with the Humane Society's local chapter in Los Angeles and they are a wonderful National Organization,  so glad you give your time which I think is even more valuable, since it is not a tax write off but  what little spare time you have you give it freely,Endre

Mar 28, 2019 09:20 PM #10
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Sheila Anderson  thank you for your support, and I agree with you, the Lange Foundation is so rare. They  try to save the ones that would fall into the 10% and they try to save them first...Endre

Mar 28, 2019 09:24 PM #11
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%  that is amazing, there is a neighbor of ours three doors down from us.... he started the same thing and now we do not see any feral cats in our pocket, because he has created a sanctuary for them in his back yard... with that said we helped him with the cost of the spay neuter and some of the food, not that he needs it, but we just wanted to thank him the best way we could...Endre

Mar 28, 2019 09:27 PM #12
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George Souto  that was exactly the reason I published this post, to get the word out to those who might not know, thank you for your comment, Endre

Mar 28, 2019 09:28 PM #13
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  we used to be huge supporters of Best Friends... many years ago Diane even went to Kanabe for a weekend and stayed at Best Friends. I even had an advertisement running for a year in their magazine to support them. Great organization and over the years they even had a local chapter here in Los Angeles... we used to go to their annual event the "lint roller party":)Endre

Mar 28, 2019 09:30 PM #14
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Great explanation, Endre. As you know, this topic is near and dear to my heart also and like you, I can never imagine adopting a pet and then it not being 'convenient' - EVER! Heck, I fall in love before we ever leave the shelter and there's no turning back.

I'm loyal like a dog so, my pets don't leave me until they cross rainbow bridge.

Mar 28, 2019 09:39 PM #15
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Thanks for the explanation, Endre. I totally agree with your statements. "Practice responsible pet ownership!  People need to commit to their animal for life, not discard it when it’s no longer convenient.  Spay and neuter."

Mar 29, 2019 05:16 PM #16
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You did a great job of explaining this, Endre. I don’t know how anyone could take an animal and not think it was for life. What a cruel thing to do. Thank heavens there are good people who live animals around.

Mar 31, 2019 02:55 PM #17
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Lisa Friedman
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Wow, I did not know this! Thank you for all of the animal rescue work you do and Congratulations on adopting your new little one!

Apr 01, 2019 05:24 PM #18
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