ACTION ALERT! Election Day is November 5th. Early voting started this week. We animal lovers can make a difference that will save thousands of shelter pets, but it is critical to elect candidates who are animal advocates and who will represent our values while in office.
No Kill Texas Advocates has sent
questionnaires to the mayoral and city council candidates regarding sheltering issues. They are posting the candidates’ responses on their website. Learn about the
candidates' stance on sheltering issues BEFORE you go vote!
Did you know that:
* in Sept 2009, the international, No Kill expert, Nathan Winograd, assessed BARC and wrote a 200 page assessment report telling Houston exactly how to stop shelter killing, yet BARC leadership has ignored most of it
* in 2008 and 2009, Mayor Parker promised to do everything in her power to transition Houston to a No Kill city.
Demand leadership at BARC who will rigorously implement all of Nathan Winograd's recommendations so thousands of lives will be saved at BARC.
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!
As of August 2013, there are 162 Open Admission shelters/animal control facilities (representing 500 cities/towns) that are saving 90% or more of all animals. These No Kill shelters have put into place a series of eleven lifesaving programs and services, i.e the “No Kill Equation”, which has dramatically increased the Save Rate in their communities.
There is a No Kill model of sheltering which is working across the country to save all healthy and treatable pets.
Join the Revolution!
We have a choice. We can embrace the No Kill model of sheltering as our future or we can continue to legitimize the failed “adopt a few and kill the rest” method.
Demand change. Demand shelter directors who will vigorously 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.