Nationwide shelter reform requires new leadership in shelters, political advocacy at the local level, and legislation to require shelters to operate humanely.

Leadership Inside the Shelter:

Today, roughly 3,000 shelter directors are holding back the will of millions of Americans who love animals and do not want to see them harmed. We need compassionate shelter directors to take the place of regressive ones.

On Leadership

Case study: Standing Tall in Washoe County

Model Executive Director job descriptions which do not require prior shelter experience:

Leadership Outside the Shelter:


The No Kill revolution starts with you! 

Click here for a written guide to political advocacy

To learn about the importance of lobbying and lobbyists, click here.

For our model shelter reform legislation, the Companion Animal Protection Act, click here.

For our free No Kill advocate’s toolkit, click here.

For additional resources – including a guide to using freedom of information laws, model shelter policies, and much more – click here.