My Experiences Working with Organizations Pretending to Make No Kill Happen

Since about the year 2001 I have had the opportunity to work with - often extensively - various organizations in the field of animal sheltering, including ones that promote themselves as being leaders in the No Kill movement. Over the last 20 or so years I have interacted with these entities in a number of close and personal ways. I have supported their efforts with labor and donations. I have shared staff with them. Some of them had

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representatives who were recurring guests on my syndicated Animal Wise Radio show. I spoke at their conferences and wrote materials for their websites. I have dined in the homes of and otherwise socialized with some of their top executives. And, gradually, over the course of all of those intimate interactions I have come to conclude that not only are these organizations not leading No Kill reforms, they often obstruct, delay or prevent shelters from transitioning to No Kill.

The fact of the matter is that for more than a decade all of these organizations have known that the primary excuse for killing in animal shelters, so-called pet overpopulation, is a myth. From a basic math perspective, there are more than enough homes available in the USA for every pet that enters an animal shelter. That means that shelters don't have to kill healthy or adoptable pets. Ever. Killing is optional. Always. Additionally, if these organizations collectively said that loudly and clearly, it would become politically untenable for animal shelters to continue killing. The political pressure that would be applied to animal shelters would be enormous and dramatic and rapid change of the system would be forced.

Instead of working to make killing in shelters unacceptable, these organizations continue to promote shelters that kill animals - sometimes in violation of the law. They even support animal shelters that commit animal abuse. At the same time, they malign or attack the animal advocates working locally to reform their animal shelters. Additionally, since they have no communities they have actually led to No Kill that they can celebrate, they have instead spend an inordinate about of time any money attaching their names to the City of Austin, Texas which achieved No Kill without their help and in spite of their resistance while ignoring the actual No Kill successes that have happened elsewhere.

Below is a list of some of these organizations, including general descriptions of the issues I have personally observed. Soon, you will be able to click on these issues to read my personal stories that demonstrate these issues.

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  • Attacking and/or threatening No Kill advocates

  • Predatory business practices

  • Hoarding highly adoptable animals at their sanctuary while refusing to take in animals that actually need sanctuary

  • Hoarding unadoptable animals out-of-sight at their "sanctuary"

  • Prioritizing marketing and fundraising over animal care

  • Transferring animals to people who are not reputable, including at least one dog fighter

  • False and misleading marketing

  • Chastising animal advocates working to reform their local animal shelters

  • Refusal to support important animal sheltering regulations

  • Ignoring important, dramatic and successful No Kill transitions like these

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  • Walking away from their own legacy of advocacy in exchange for millions of dollars they are using for programs that will not and cannot work

  • Promoting and defending animal shelters that abuse animals; needlessly kill animals and then lie about it

  • Refusal to support important animal sheltering regulations

  • Ignoring important, dramatic and successful No Kill transitions like these

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  • Squandering many millions of dollars in unsuccessful projects with corrupt organizations and failing to stop funding them when the projects have failed and the corruption was exposed

  • Misrepresenting their role in successful efforts, like in Austin, Texas

  • Squandering millions of dollars on programs that will never and can never achieve No Kill

  • Chastising animal advocates working to reform their local animal shelters

  • Refusal to support important animal sheltering regulations

  • Ignoring important, dramatic and successful No Kill transitions like these

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  • Teaching animal shelters how to oppose No Kill and fight No Kill advocates

  • Refusal to support important animal sheltering regulations

  • False and misleading advertising

  • Needlessly killing animals themselves at their animal shelter

  • "Rescuing" animals in one community and then transferring them great distances to other high-kill shelters in other states

  • Refusal to support important animal sheltering regulations

  • Ignoring important, dramatic and successful No Kill transitions like these

Coming soon: Click on these organizations to read the stories that support these conclusions