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Shelter killing is the leading cause of death for healthy dogs and cats in the United States. Today, an animal entering a shelter has only one chance in two of making it out alive, and in some places it is as low as one in ten, with shelters blaming a lack of available homes as the cause of death. And yet, statistics reveal that there are over seven times as many people looking to bring an animal into their home every year as there are animals being killed in shelters because they lack one. Half of all animals who enter our nation’s shelters go out the back door in body bags rather than out the front door in the loving arms of adopters despite the fact that there are plenty of homes available. And when animal lovers question the excuses used to justify this killing, shelters and their national allies respond, “We are all on the same side,” “We all want the same thing,” “We are all animal lovers” and insist that criticism of shelters and staff is unfair and callous because “No one wants to kill.” The facts, however, tragically and frequently tell a very different story. How can you fix a problem you refuse to admit exists? How can shelters reform their practices when they refuse to have standards and benchmarks that would hold them accountable to the best performing shelters in the nation? They can’t. They don’t. And they won’t. So you will have to do it for them. These guides will show you how.

Prepare

How Does Your Community’s Shelter Measure Up?

Educate

No Kill 101

Dollars & Sense

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We Can Do It!

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The Myth of Pet Overpopulation

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What’s In a Name?

Fight

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The No Kill Revolution Starts With You

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 Countering the Opposition

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There Ought to Be a Shelter Reform Law

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Section 1983 to the Rescue

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Companion Animal Protection Act

Animal Rescue Act

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Ban the Gas Chamber

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Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Please note: These guides are high resolution PDFs which are print-ready; meaning you can send them to FedEx Office, psprint.com or your local printer to professionally print them as 8.5 x 11 inch saddle-stitched booklets and share them with your local officials. You are also free to print them on paper, e-mail, or repost them.

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Today, communities representing roughly 500 cities and towns across America, including those in Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, Utah, California, New York, Texas and elsewhere, are saving upwards of 99% of all animals, ending the killing of all healthy and treatable animals. No Kill is a humane, sustainable, cost-effective model that works hand in hand with public health and safety, while fulfilling a fiscal responsibility to taxpayers. The animals deserve it. And so do the people who love them: people like you. Prepare, educate, fight, win. For additional resources, click here.

You can get a CD with the documents in the Toolkit, the resource library on the “Learn” page, and other “How To” manuals, sample adoption promotions, information guides, and more, as well as a signed copy of Redemption, the award-winning book about animals, and of Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart & Soul of America’s Animal Shelters, in our Reforming Animal Control/Building a No Kill Community Packet. It is an indispensable guide for those working to end the killing in their communities. The cost is $60.

To purchase, click here. (U.S. addresses only.)