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.
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.)
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.
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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