May 2015

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Revised and updated! Complaining about inhumane conditions, abuses, or violations of law at shelters is a constitutionally protected right. A volunteer, rescuer, or any other member of the public not only has the First Amendment right to speak out against abuses and violations of law committed by a government shelter, he or she also has a constitutionally protected right to demand that the government correct the wrongs that are identified.

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About 9,000,000 people live in communities saving 90% or more of dogs and cats in their shelters. Over 35,000,000 live in communities saving 80% or more of dogs and cats. And the numbers continue to grow.

A new website tracks progress toward ending the killing of dogs and cats in our nation’s pounds and shelters. It will soon be updated to include rabbits and other animals.

For those who want proof — just the stats and nothing else — demonstrating that many communities across the country are saving 95%, 99% and in a few cases 100% of the animals, here it is:


DIY Guide

Coming soon: The latest FREE guide from the No Kill Advocacy Center – How To Be a Superhero for Shelter Animals

Click here to receive it by email as soon as it becomes available (be sure to click the box “No Kill Advocates”)



The No Kill Advocacy Center—in partnership with the George Washington University Law School and No Kill Nation—started putting on the national No Kill Conference in Washington, D.C. several years ago, in order to fill a gap in the safety net. We had introduced speakers that the movement did not value even though they were the most successful shelter directors and advocates in the country, we dovetailed sheltering and law in order to move the movement toward sustainability, and we offered concrete tools for people to be successful based on truly innovative practices in shelter law, shelter operations, shelter medicine, and advocacy that others ignored. Given its now proven success, the other national groups sent teams to our conference and adopted our methods, rebranded our workshops, and recruited our speakers. We are thrilled as that is exactly what we had hoped would happen; that our approach would move the animal protection movement away from making excuses for the killing towards arming shelters, rescuers and animal lovers with the tools they need to end it.

But since workshops that we asked speakers to give are now offered at other conferences, speakers who were anonymous when we started are now speaking elsewhere, and approaches that we pioneered are becoming mainstream, we are once again going in a new direction. Our approach has always been to move the needle on saving lives forward and upward, not simply offer what can be found elsewhere. Success and greater lifesaving depend upon innovation and at the No Kill Advocacy Center, we remain committed to that goal.

In addition, this year we learned a valuable lesson. In 2012, the No Kill Conference brought together about 900 people from 44 states and 10 nations. Other national conferences also bring in about 1,000 – 1,500 people. But this year, our director brought the message to your community, visiting cities across the country as part of my “No Kill Is Love” national tour, including those where the No Kill message is needed most, reaching over 5,000 people.

For these reasons, rather than have one national conference and ask 1,000 people to come to us, we are coming to you in order to reach five times that amount and to do so with information you will not find anywhere else. In 2015, rather than ask you to travel across the county, we’ll do the traveling with a series of day long events that not only give you the content you need to be successful, but will leave you with the tools to guide you in the years to come, including a manual that will allow shelters and rescue groups to assess themselves in order to ensure they are effective and efficient.

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See the film that is being called “life changing,” “inspiring,” and “simply amazing.” Official Selection, San Pedro International Film Festival; Best Film (Audience Award), San Pedro International Film Festival; Official Selection, Torchlight Program, FSU College of Motion Picture Arts.

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Donate your old car and get a tax write off, while helping end the systematic killing of animals in shelters. We handle everything; all you have to do is make the call: 1-888-205-3420. You can also do so online by clicking on the image above.



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