Sheltering At A Glance

  • About 7,000,000 animals enter shelters every year.
  • Approximately 40% of shelter animals are killed.
  • Roughly 30,000,000 acquire a new companion animal every year.
  • 95% to 99% of shelter animals are healthy and treatable.
  • Some shelters save 99% of the animals. A few save 100% of dogs and cats.
  • About 9,000,000 people live in communities saving between 90% and 99% of dogs and cats in their shelters.
  • Over 35,000,000 people live in communities saving at least 80% of dogs and cats in their shelters.

A Model of Innovative, Compassionate Animal Sheltering 

No Kill is an innovative, cost-effective model of animal sheltering that allows open admission animal control shelters to save all healthy and treatable animals. Unlike the “adopt some and kill the rest” form of animal sheltering that has dominated in the United States for the past 100 years and is responsible for the needless deaths of millions of healthy and treatable animals every year, No Kill shelters are saving as high as 99% of all animals entrusted to their care. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

How It Works

No Kill shelters implement a series of programs and services collectively known as “The No Kill Equation.” The No Kill Equation decreases a shelter’s impounds and increases a shelter’s reclaims while vastly expanding adoptions. The programs of the No Kill Equation include augmenting paid staff with community volunteers, foster care for sick, injured, unweaned or traumatized animals, neuter and release for feral cats, medical and behavior rehabilitation, partnerships with rescue groups, pet retention and effective public relations among others. When implemented comprehensively and with integrity, these programs are transformative. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Achieving No Kill is not complicated, but it does require replacing the traditional model of animal sheltering which is passive, complacent and plagued by convenience killing, with a proactive, can-do attitude and work ethic that rejects killing. The programs of the No Kill Equation require dedication and effort and for this reason, are sometimes portrayed by the traditional sheltering establishment as “controversial.” They are not. They are simple  procedures that Americans would be shocked to learn shelters are not already doing. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

When a shelter director says they are “opposed to No Kill,” it means they reject foster care in favor of killing, reject vaccinations and medical care in favor of killing, reject knocking on doors to get lost dogs home rather than killing, and reject adoptions in favor of killing. In other words, they are advocating killing in the face of readily-available, cost-effective alternatives to killing. The same is true of each and every program of the No Kill Equation, because when a shelter implements them comprehensively, they achieve No Kill. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

A No Kill shelter can be a public, municipal agency and there are several No Kill animal control shelters run by government to prove it. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

More Cost-Effective Than Killing

No Kill is good policy that reduces costs associated with killing, enhances community support, increases user fees such as adoption revenues, and brings in additional tax revenues. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Statistics Disprove the Traditional Excuse for Killing

There are roughly three million dogs and cats killed in U.S. shelters annually because they lack a home, but about 23.5 million Americans add a new dog or cat to their households every year. We do not have a “pet overpopulation” problem; we have a market share challenge. When shelters compete for the market share of homes and keep animals alive long enough to find those homes, shelter animals are saved rather than killed. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Consistent with Public Safety

Since the No Kill philosophy does not mandate that truly vicious dogs and irremediably ill/injured animals be adopted, it is consistent with public health and safety. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Good Public Policy Popular with Voters

Seven out of 10 American believe that it should be illegal to kill animals in shelters unless those animals are suffering or are dangerous. As such, No Kill is a bipartisan issue with broad public support. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Our Nation’s Homeless Animals Deserve Better

Regardless of whether or not a shelter director believes No Kill is possible, he/she is obligated to try. Even if a shelter director fails to implement the No Kill Equation to the point that it replaces killing entirely, they will certainly save more animals than they would without it, and that is worth doing. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

In short, No Kill is a humane, sustainable, cost-effective model that works hand in hand with public safety while reflecting the compassionate, animal-loving values of the American people. To learn more, CLICK HERE.