Trapping, sterilizing and releasing feral or community cats is more effective, more
cost effective and more humane than catching and killing them.
A fun and engaging adoption program that utilizes good customer service and creative marketing will get immediate results and save lives.
Reduce future intake to the shelter via surgical sterilization. Spay/neuter programs are great. Mandatory spay/neuter laws, on the other hand, are terrible.
Partnering with the rescue groups in your community is a great way to get animals out of the shelter alive.
Some pets are best cared for outside of the shelter. For them, foster homes are the best! A good foster program can also help expand the network of people care for pets, and helping to get them adopted.
An effective pet retention program keeps animals out of shelters that don't need to be there while also helping people to become better care-givers to their pets.
Animal shelters frequently take in animals that have been abused or neglected,
resulting in needed behavioral or veterinary care. Failing to provide that care
simply re-victimizes the animals.
You can't save lives without them, so stop blaming the public for the challenges at the shelter. Instead, engage them and invite them to help.
Volunteers are free resources that can expand the work being done. You can use them in every area of your operation.
It is not enough to bring stray animals to the shelter and then hope their families find them. With a good proactive redemption program, shelters can keep pets out of shelters and find their families, saving money, time, lives and building community support.
Effective leadership is the most important - and most overlooked - component of the No Kill Equation.
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The No Kill Equation...
The No Kill Equation is a set of 11 elements that when implemented comprehensively in animal shelters can eliminate the killing of healthy or treatable animals. Though they certainly to take effort to implement each component is relatively simple to understand.
The compotents are:
For more information about each component, click the links above, or use the interactive slideshow at left for a brief overview.