ACTION ALERT! When Annise Parker was running for office the first time, she promises to do everything in her power to transition Houston to a No Kill city. Yet, every single year that she has been in office, the Kill Rate at Houston's animal control (BARC) has INCREASED.
BARC's Kill Rate was a shocking 57% in 2012. BARC killed or lost 14,701 animals in 2012. That is 1,225 Killed every single month and 40.28 Killed every single day in 2012.
There are now nearly 100 Open Admission shelters/animal control facilties that are saving 90% and more of all animals. There is no excuse that BARC is saving on 42%. NO EXCUSE.
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As citizens and pet lovers, we expect animal shelters to provide animals with a second chance at a new life. Instead these shelters across the United States are killing 3 to 4 million pets every year.
In Houston, there are five kill shelters that are killing approximately 80,000 dogs and cats every single year.
For years, we have been told that there is no other way. We have been told that this killing is the irresponsible public's fault. We have been told that shelters, through no fault of their own, are merely performing the public's dirty work, with skill, compassion, and dedication. But, the truth is that nothing could be further from the truth.
This year, tens of thousands of dogs and cats will be put to death in Houston's animal shelters. Many are lost pets that should be re-united with their owners, but will instead be killed because many shelters do not try to find their owners. Some animals may be sick or injured, but could be saved with little effort. Unfortunately, they too will be killed. And still others are feral cats who should never enter shelters in the first place.
There is Hope!
It has been proven by almost 100 Open Admission shelters/animal control facilities that Kill shelters, like those in Houston, can transform themselves into No Kill shelters. They have put into place a series of ten lifesaving programs and services, i.e the “No Kill Equation”, which has dramatically reduced the death rate in their communities.
The resulting success proves that there is a formula for lifesaving, and that if we are to achieve a No Kill city and a No Kill nation, it is incumbent upon shelters nationwide to embrace the programs and services which have been proven to save lives.
Join the Revolution!
There are many challenges and roadblocks to No Kill. From bureaucrats who are content with the status quo, to uncaring shelter directors who are hostile to reform even when presented with overwhelming proof that the No Kill model saves lives. The roadblocks to No Kill are considerable, but not undefeatable.
We have a choice. We can embrace No Kill as our future or we can continue to legitimize the failed “adopt a few and kill the rest” method.
Demand better. Demand change. Demand that shelter directors implement the programs and services of the No Kill Equation.
This is your community. You have a right to demand that animals in your community shelters are saved.