Michigan Senators Introduce No Kill Resolution

Robin is a great boy up for adoption at the Genesee County Animal Shelter, a very high kill shelter in Michigan. Robin loves kids and is a great, loving boy. He's in cage 172-170. Photo credit: Genesee County Animals in Need of Homes and Rescues Facebook page.

Robin is a great boy up for adoption at the Genesee County Animal Shelter, a very high kill shelter in Michigan. Robin loves kids and is a great, loving boy. He’s in cage 172-170. Photo credit: Genesee County Animals in Need of Homes and Rescues Facebook page.

At least 34,973 cats and 22,909 dogs lost their lives in Michigan in 2013 at county run and private animal “shelters” who refuse to implement successful No-Kill programs which would keep these animals alive and able to be adopted. After returning some of the stray pets to their owners, state shelters killed 33.6% of the dogs and 39.4% of the cats they had a responsibility to care for and adopt into new homes. Although the shelter statistics from the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture no longer track how many of these pets are litters (six months or younger), a staggering percentage of these babies have been continuously killed over the years by shelters who don’t spend any time or resources to save them.

The 11 worst animal shelters in Michigan account for more than 40% of the cats and dogs who are killed in our state. These shelters include: Michigan Humane Society, Detroit Animal Control, Genesee County Animal Control, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Animal Control, Saginaw County Animal Care Center, Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, Michigan Anti Cruelty Society (Detroit), Kent County Animal Shelter, Bay County Animal Control, Berrien County Animal Control and Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement. The Michigan Humane Society killed 2272 dogs in 2013 and Detroit Animal Control killed 2889 cats – the highest numbers listed in the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture’s 2013 shelter report. More than a dozen animal shelters didn’t report their numbers at all in 2013 so the overall euthanasia numbers are actually higher than mentioned earlier.

No-Kill shelters are defined by most in the animal rescue community as a shelter who does not kill for space – they do not kill adoptable animals, pets who can be medically and behaviorally rehabilitated and adopted. These shelters usually have a  90% and higher save rate.

Animal advocates in Michigan have been networking, going to conferences and working together to do what they can to make Michigan a No-Kill state, so they were excited to hear that on September 11, 2014, Michigan Senator Steven Bieda along with many other Michigan senators introduced Senate Resolution 0178 – A No-Kill Resolution. Their resolution encourages Michigan animal shelters and pounds to adopt a “No-Kill” philosophy in dealing with homeless pets. You can see the resolution here. This resolution has bipartisan support with seven Republicans and five Democrats listed on the bill as sponsors. Although the bill doesn’t mandate shelters to be No-Kill, it is still certainly a step in the right direction and a “call to arms” for animal advocates to make their County shelters more accountable to the animals and the taxpayers by utilizing proven methods to stopping the killing. SR 0178 has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture. You can find out how contact them here with your support and you can also find out how to contact YOUR Michigan State Senator to support this bill here.

Too many animal shelters across our state kill dogs and cats who are too “old”; need any sort of medical care; are difficult to handle because they are stressed out in the shelter; are too young (shelters kill puppies and kittens because they don’t want to bottle feed them or use foster homes); and they kill dogs who “look like” a Pit Bull or are black in color or are larger because the shelter workers believe they are harder to adopt out. There are all sorts of excuses they will give to execute a pet who used to be a family pet – a small furry soul who used to have a life to look forward to – a bed to sleep in, a teenage boy to play ball with and sunny days to enjoy. But upon entering many Michigan animal shelters, merely because they entered one with a bad shelter director and an uncaring County government, their days are numbered. A quote from Nathan Winograd from his book “Redemption” sums up the state of many animal shelters across the nation and why animal control agencies were created – “to warehouse and kill animals at the lowest possible cost.”

The sad thing is that these animal shelters don’t have to be stuck in the old-school ways of doing things. There are numerous animal shelters across the state – and the country – that are No-Kill. They are successful. They are saving lives. They work in affluent and poor counties, Republican and Democrat ran counties, rural and urban areas… what do they all have in common? Most of them implement what has become known as the No-Kill equation which has been released by the No Kill Advocacy Center, an organization founded by Nathan Winograd, one of the leading No-Kill advocates in the country.

The No-Kill equation contains programs that successful No-Kill shelters implement including: partnering with rescue groups, utilizing volunteers, having a foster care program, participating in TNR (trap-neuter-return), pet retention help to keep pets in homes, a comprehensive adoption program, public relations and community involvement, medical and behavior training and rehabilitation, high-volume low-cost spay and neuter programs, proactive redemptions so pets get home to their owners and the most important of all – a hard-working and compassionate shelter director. Because without a good shelter director, none of these programs can happens.

It has become apparent, over the last few years especially, that many in the animal welfare field are dissatisfied with the antiquated 1919 Dog Law of our state as well as how animal shelters are closely regulated (or not) and the state’s penal code as it relates to animals. Representatives from the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture were on hand at the Pet Fund No-Kill conference this month and someone in the crowd was trying to get a straight answer about who watches out for dogs in cages in animal shelters who aren’t walked.

Although the Dept. of Agriculture has guidelines to use when they inspect the shelters and a checklist to go through as you can see in this inspection report, they said they had no jurisdiction over the exercise of a dog in an animal shelter. As you can see in the inspection report, they check that the size of the cage is adequate (enough space for the dog to stand up and move around), but they claim that the exercise of a dog in an animal shelter involves the penal code. However, I don’t tend to agree with them on that point considering that their own form also says “daily care of animals” under line item #12. In what part of the universe is walking a dog NOT part of its daily care? At a minimum, every dog owner who reads this story feeds, waters and walks their dogs EVERY DAY as part of their daily care. The state’s penal code states that “adequate care” includes sufficient exercise in addition to food, water and other necessities. If not, a pet owner could be charged with neglect. Do the same laws not apply to our animal shelters?

If the exercise of a dog at an animal shelter is part of the penal code (enforced by the County Sheriff) and the Sheriff’s Department runs the shelter, how exactly is this problem supposed to get solved?? Does that mean a concerned citizen and taxpayer should print out a copy of this penal code and file a complaint with their local Sheriff’s office if the animals in the shelter are not being walked? Yes, that seems like that would be a good action to take – and in writing. Animal advocates have a duty to protect the animals in their shelter once they find out who is supposed to regulate their care. We must follow through and make sure to hold these government workers accountable to the laws of the state. With an underfunded and overworked Dept. of Agriculture and not enough staff to give the attention that is needed to animal shelters who don’t comply with the law, shelters will continue to get away with bad conditions and inhumane killing unless people speak up. Citizens need to watch their shelters at a local level while we wait for state laws to catch up with the realities of present day.

Because many animal lovers are upset about how their County animal shelters are operated and are appalled at how many cats and dogs are killed, they are starting to realize that they must get political. Animal shelters are usually ran at the discretion of the local Sheriff Departments and Animal Control Officers as well as by Board of Directors. That is all at the County level – a place where taxpayers can make a difference and let their voices be heard. They are attending their County and City Commissioner’s meetings, paying attention to animal issues and speaking out during public comment. They are doing what they can to hold their politicians accountable for the decisions they make regarding their local animal shelters. More and more animal advocates are also forming non-profit “friends of” groups to help the animal shelters adopt out more animals by networking the shelter animals, volunteering and more. They are contacting their politicians about local, state and federal laws that impact animals.

Genesee County animal advocates are right in the middle of politics and this November is going to mean a lot to Genesee cats and dogs if the politicians that they support win their Commissioner seats. Many residents in Genesee County have been trying to make changes for the animals so that they are kept in better conditions and less of them are killed. They cite a lack of transparency at the shelter including locked wards that are off limits to the public and volunteers. Director Lazar was invited to the Pet Fund No-Kill Conference, all expenses paid, and declined the offer. Taxpayers in Genesee County want a shelter director and a County government that does right by the animals and they continue to fight for those cats and dogs in the shelter who can’t speak for themselves. It’s been a hard road and they decided that if the politicians that are in office won’t listen to them, they will work to get new ones elected. They have a “slate” of their own animal-friendly candidates – Board of Commissioner candidates. This is important because the Board oversees Animal Control, they choose the Director of Animal Control and have the power to hire and fire. They can set goals, expectations and policies.

According to GRACE Genesee Residents for Animal Control Evolution) there are three of nine Commissioners who consistently vote in favor of the animals and progressive change at the animal shelter – Jamie Curtis, Mark Young and Tony Brown. In order to have any hope for improvements, they need at least five Commissioners who care and will take action. The election for the Commissioners will be cast is on Tuesday, November 4th. This could be the most important day ever for the animals in Genesee County. It could mean quick improvements for the shelter as well as a positive path for the future. If you are a resident of Genesee County, please click on this genesee county voting info link to find out how your vote can impact the lives of dogs and cats in your county.

For others who want to have an impact on local and state animal welfare, besides getting active in your local communities through groups that already exist, you can also join “Mi-PACA” – Michigan Political Action Committee for Animals.

They welcome all animal lovers to join with them to create a dynamic, growing voting bloc of animal welfare advocates to elect representatives who support animal protection and shelter reform. You can sign up for a voting bloc here. They assign coordinators to cities and counties to go to commissioner meetings and keep an eye on animal issues when they come up. They currently don’t give money to candidates because their focus is on voting and issues – and those issues are bipartisan. They will, however, endorse (or not endorse) a candidate or issue.

Some of the issues they concentrate on are:

• Shelter Reform

• Ending BSL (breed-specific legislation)

• Puppy Mills and Commercial Pet Sales

• TNR (trap-neuter-return) and SNR (shelter-neuter-return)

• Anti-chaining

• Law Enforcement Aggression Against Pets

When it comes to the No-Kill Revolution, which many are joining, there are many ways to get involved in your own community and at a state level. Please get involved and do what you can to make Michigan a better place for homeless animals.

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42 thoughts on “Michigan Senators Introduce No Kill Resolution

  1. Deana John September 14, 2014 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Please make no kill happen in our state.

  2. kathy September 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm Reply

    that would be awesome for michigan to become a no kill state im all for it

  3. fireflies22 September 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm Reply

    While I absolutely positively love this kind of legislation and hope with a full heart that it passes, we also need to think about the consequences of making no kill policies. Rescues take more time to accept dogs sense there is little or no risk of dogs dying in shelter care. More people dump their animals in or by the shelter because they know their dog isn’t going to get put down. Animal shelters fill up to complete maximum very quickly and have a more difficult time finding homes for high risk dogs and cats that can’t be adopted out to the public (for issues like disability, food and resource guarding, and aggression that needs professional handling). So, we need to not only pass this kind of amazing legislation but also deal with the issues that this kind of legislation presents. Funding needs to be increased, more animal control officers and shelter staff need to be employed, shelters need to be expanded and new shelters will need to be built. Community participation needs to be increased, more foster homes for dogs and cats and other animals would be needed and the fight against backyard breeders, puppy mills and dog fighting rings needs to be increased a thousandfold.

    • Sandra September 24, 2014 at 12:17 am Reply

      You are 100% spot on! I don’t know you, so I’m not sure if you are “tongue in cheek” implying that costs would be so high (for any county in any state) that this would be impossible, or not. However, from my perspective, you are, and, you’re right. Mandatory S/N is essential – period. You want to breed your dog/cat, fine. Pay for a license to do so and pay income tax on your “business.” Counties would not only save tax payer $$ for not having to house so many intakes, esp strays or litters of unwanted puppies at shelters, cost of buildings themselves, including power and water, cleaning supplies, food, vet supplies, but salaries for personnel, including vets, and meds for those brought in, and even the cost of euthanasia and disposal of thousands of bodies, but they could make $$ by offering low-cost S/N and from fines from ppl who don’t abide.

  4. Karen Wood September 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Please keep me up to date

  5. Kimberly September 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm Reply

    I am all for no-kill shelters…however the problem needs to be dealt with at the root, we each need to be accountable for our own pets by SPAYING/NEUTERING instead of allowing pets to breed and produce unwanted boxes and boxes of puppies and kittens which are dumped at shelters, expecting them to clean up the problem.

  6. Linda Wallace September 15, 2014 at 6:49 pm Reply

    Please tell me who wrote this article. Also, where does it say the Sheriff enforces Penal Codes?

  7. Pam Osborne September 16, 2014 at 12:34 am Reply

    All my dogs are fixed ,I went to the dog shelter in Hammond Louisiana and offered to volunteer and was turned down flat,if there are not enough workers why don’t they except our help,the dogs need it and some tender loving care~~

  8. Max Steele September 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm Reply

    This is a highly editorialized article- referencing euthanized animals as “killed,” among other journalistic inaccuracies. Let’s remember that open admission shelters will not turn animals away- “no kill organizations” turn away animals they deem unadoptable. Where do you think animals that are broken/aggressive/suffering end up when this happens? Where do animals go on holidays? And to whom do you think rescues that glean donation based on lack of euthanasia turn animals that need to be euthanized? I assure you they end up on the doorsteps of the open admission shelters… shelters that daily have the courage to help an animal die instead of languish. Life without regard to quality is not humane. Not all animals are adoptable and allowing them to suffer in cages so that euthanasia is not that organization’s responsibility is cruel and selfish. And while not all “no kill” shelters (& I use that term loosely- anyone can call themselves a no kill rescue) are hoarders, I assure you that most hoarders consider themselves no kill rescues. Animals allowed to die slowly in crates instead of euthanized is not forgivable. The Winograd philosophy or feline release is another “no kill” philosophy which is not a conscionable option for open admission shelter. These cats end up back in open admission shelters, but then sick and injured. If you want to help, adopt, advocate, volunteer, educate. Attacking the frontline staff that rescues, feeds, waters, nurtures, cleans, mends, and, yes, helps animals to die a respectful, peaceful death is not the answer. Animal welfare is a vast and ever evolving quandary. The simple summation that no animals should be euthanized is juvenile and short sighted.

    • Pet Friends Magazine September 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm Reply

      You obviously don’t know the meaning of the word “euthanized”, and KILLING for space isn’t euthanasia. Euthanasia refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. Pets in animal shelters are being killed for space and because shelter directors don’t want to deal with them. That’s KILLING. No kill shelters “euthanize” because they are the ones who only kill when there is a very sick animal or one who’s aggression is beyond any sort of training. Don’t try to lecture me about the words. I’ve been in animal rescue for more than 13 years and have been to countless animal welfare conferences and we all know the difference between the two words. There are plenty of open admission shelters who qualify as no kill. In Michigan alone, there are 10 open admission shelters who saved more than 85% of their animals in 2013. There is a proven system to be a no-kill shelter. There aren’t any excuses anymore for the killing when the roadmap not to do it is out there. Your excuses are all old-school. There is a new way out there. It’s too bad you’re not properly educating yourself about no-kill shelters

      • Robert Wagers September 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

        Very well stated. Mr. Steele’s comments are the usual self-serving apologies for murdering animals when they aren’t “convenient”. I would add that cats for example which are considered unadoptable, hard to socialize, whatever, can be returned to community or feral setting if they came from those places. A program that’s very successful out here is the barn cat placement. People agree to provide outdoor shelter, food, and medical care, and cats are allowed to “do their thing”–hunting vermin.

  9. Carol Cronan September 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm Reply

    I agree with Kimberly,,,,,,,No Kill,,,,, but fix the problem at the root ,,,,,,have them fixed so they don’t reproduce,,,,,,,They don’t need to be abused by people,,,,,No kill,,,,,,

  10. Christie September 17, 2014 at 9:41 am Reply

    I’d like to point out a conflicting bit of information in the second and third paragraphs. (Sorry, but this is pretty close to my heart.)

    The article states “The Michigan Humane Society killed 2272 dogs in 2013” and “No-Kill shelters are defined by most in the animal rescue community as a shelter who does not kill for space – they do not kill adoptable animals, pets who can be medically and behaviorally rehabilitated and adopted.”

    MHS has had a 100% adoption rate of healthy dogs and cats since 2010.
    They, and probably every other shelter in the article, have to play triage and determine which pets are able to be treated and rehabilitated (and, therefore, adopted,) and which pets are just too injured/sick/behaviorally dangerous and need to be euthanized… Simply because they are not well-funded enough to save every single pet that passes through their facility. (MHS is working towards their goal of 100% placement for TREATABLE animals as well, but they need funding to do so!) In 2011 MHS adopted out 57% of their “treatable” pets, and in 2012 that number went up to 61%.

    In fact, I believe that MHS is the only organization on that list with an Animal Cruelty Investigation department that responds to citizens’ calls about potential animal abuse, neglect, or strays in need of assistance. Their cruelty investigators work very closely with the Detroit Police Department at prosecuting animal cruelty offenders and serving justice. They are the oldest and largest animal welfare organization in the state, and one of the largest in the country, and they have a 100% OPEN-ADMISSION rate, meaning they will accept and attempt to treat EVERY animal that needs them… Unlike almost every other shelter or rescue group in the state.

    Without MHS, this article may not have ever even been written… MHS was behind the push for all Michigan animal welfare organizations to publish their statistics annually.
    And here’s their community report for 2013: http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/DocServer/2013_MHS_report_to_community.pdf?docID=5921

    And if you’d like to help the Michigan Humane Society reach their goal of adopting out 100% of treatable animals, click here: http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/TR?px=1785886&pg=personal&fr_id=1590&et=wQgOfonRlq3VEDMgsRc_vw&s_tafId=10971

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m ALL for all Michigan Shelters becoming No-Kill, but there’s a right and a wrong way to do everything. Many “no-kill” shelters and rescue groups are NOT open-admission, which is how they keep their “no-kill” title. Proper funding for open-admission groups that want to become No-Kill will do more than passing a bill.

    • Pet Friends Magazine September 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm Reply

      Sorry, but I don’t buy it THAT many animals were “unadoptable”. Many animal shelters have their own definition of what adoptable means. I could argue all kinds of points with you but all you really know is that Reno takes in about 16,000 pets and has a 94% save rate. Austin takes in 23,000 and has a 93% save rate. It can be done. The management has to decide to do it.

  11. Monica Pollans September 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm Reply

    This is a tremendous step forward! Hooray for Michigan! I hope it passes! Then maybe we can get Florida to follow!

  12. theresegonyea September 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm Reply

    I’m all for no kill shelters
    All animals deserve to be able to live
    A good natural life iin a forever home

  13. Kim Ziegler September 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Please do the right thing and make it a No Kill State!!!

  14. Kathy Best September 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm Reply

    I always adopt from shelters, keep my pets utd on shots, vet visits and spay/neuter usually at my expense. My pets live in the house but are allowed to go outside and my cats like staying out at night and come in during the day to sleep. We keep part of the garage open for them to go in if they need too, but living in the village we don’t get wild animals like the country. I went to Harbor Humane Society to adopt a kitten and was told NO because I would let the kitten go outside. I went back and said OK I would keep the kitten in but they called me a liar. This past spring I wanted to adopt a dog and looked online at several animal shelters and humane societies. I discovered that the Humane Societies would NOT let me adopt because I didn’t have a fenced in yard. So they would rather put animals down rather then checking prospective pet owners vet records. By the way, I got a cat from a lady who does recuses and had too many, another kitten from Heaven Can Wait and a dog from Oceana County Animal Control. Also, my cats stay out overnite in summertime and have no interest, nor do I want them out in the cold. We also put up a wire that attaches to house and garage with a chain to keep the dog in the yard. So why do I need a fenced in yard??

    • Betty September 21, 2014 at 4:14 am Reply

      You need a fenced in yard so you don’t have to keep a dog on a chain. Would you like to be placed on a chain all day, and have no freedom to move around any further than the length of a chain lets you?

      • Sandy Vandervoord Figger September 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

        that is not fair, my old lady (adopted at 7 from a puppy mill, now 16) is on a run, she barks to go out and barks to come in, she is never just left out- I can’t afford a fenced in yard and if our pound had not let me have her she would have lost the 9 years we have loved her

  15. Tresa Booth September 20, 2014 at 1:23 am Reply

    Please really need to stop killing

  16. Becca September 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Can somebody please tell me where they think all these animals are going to go if they are not euthanized. There are only so many available homes, only so much space and money available to the shelters, only so many medical supplies and only so much time that can be used. I’m all for saving as many animals as possible, but do any of you really think the solution to the problem is over-crowding shelters, where animals will be at even higher risk of communicable disease?

  17. Linda Wallace September 21, 2014 at 10:22 pm Reply

    Christy, Here’s the 2013 figures for your pride and joy shelter in Michigan: Dogs intake 5628, Dogs Killed 1957. Cats intake 6459, Cats Killed 2272. You all even killed a Ferret.

  18. Ray September 21, 2014 at 11:36 pm Reply

    While I do not totally agree with killing of animals and while I am not a “animal control” director or manager of a Animal Shelter, I am sure the actions to put down animals is mainly about money & space. I know that just feeding my two dogs who I have rescued from my county animal shelter require care & food just as it would to raise a child. Multiply this cost by the thousands of pets picked up and in animal shelters…, it becomes a very expensive challenge to keep animals alive. Bottom line is the bottom line., are we as tax payers prepared to pay for the care of all these animals; these animal shelters have budgets just like corporate companies and unfortunately, these budgets are not as large as one might think. Again, the director or shelter manager has to make some very tough decisions and unfortunately is not one that they like following through with. I know in my case I donate 50lb bags of dog food to the same shelter I adopted from because it is sorely needed. I encourage others to do the same.
    On a different note. I would have adopted from my local Humane Society but the adoption fee is outrageous. Considering the following about the HSUS,, that’s a lot of money received from grants, private donations and such…. I am always suspicious of where the donations go since I don’t see any improvement from the local Humane Society here…. “For 2012, HSUS reported its revenue as $125,763,658.[2] In late 2013, a Rolling Stone article reported HSUS’s annual budget to be $181 million.”

    • ChelseaRR September 27, 2014 at 5:45 am Reply

      http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2696911

      “… HSUS, the ASPCA, PETA(the scum of all scum!) are the biggest barrier to ensuring the survival of animals in shelters today. And with virtually unlimited resources raised through appeals and commercials that prey on the emotions of animal lovers with the false message that they will fight for animals, rather than against them, these groups present a powerful opponent to those working to reform cruel and abusive shelters nationwide.”

  19. Jennifer G. September 22, 2014 at 2:25 am Reply

    This is awesome! Please spread it all over the USA!

  20. Ken September 22, 2014 at 7:43 pm Reply

    “Proper funding for open-admission groups that want to become No-Kill will do more than passing a bill” Thanks Christie, when the rhetoric, propaganda and ego dust settles its all about “Funding”. When addressing this issue the no kill coalitions become defensive and go on the attack yet inevitably do not provide an answer. The shelter I work for does everything within its power to place the animals in our charge in a responsible, loving home. We do this through traditional adoption practices, when this doesn’t work we turn to fostering and rescues. I can without hesitation say we have never euthanize, killed or any definition your using today any animal in our charge for lack of space. We have however unfortunately had to euthanize animals due to behavioral or profound health issue. I can remember the face of every animals I’ve euthanize’d, I also remember the moment life leaves their eyes. I truly care for each and every animal placed in my charge and every time I loose one it takes a bit of my heart with it. So given the criteria presented are we a “No Kill” a Kill shelter or an open admission shelter? One last point, a local SPCA labels themselves a “No Kill Shelter” and according to your criteria they meet that admirable title. What doesn’t get mentioned is any animal they take in deemed unacceptable they transfer to the local city animal control to do their dirty work. So it seems the issue is not so black and white after all -Ken

    • Sandy Vandervoord Figger September 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm Reply

      I know that some animals have to euthanized, most of us are not blinded to this as with all animals that have to be put down, my main concern is the treatment and care before having too and also the putting down of the animal should be as humane as possible, some shelters are still using gas as it is cheaper and can put down more than one animal at a time. I had no idea how cruel this was and will have to live with the fact I took an animal to one thinking I was doing the right thing

  21. Sherry Lacey September 23, 2014 at 9:53 am Reply

    Stop killing helpless homeless pets.

  22. Yvette Melendez September 24, 2014 at 12:41 am Reply

    Hope Miami Florida implements the same

  23. Martha O. Smith September 24, 2014 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Stop killing helpless pets. They deserve to keep living and loving !!!

  24. judi sanders September 25, 2014 at 12:59 am Reply

    We need more no kill shelter and more programs and fundraiser to support the facilities. Pit bull awareness classes so that people can better understand the breed. This way more can be adopted.

  25. Pay Attention to all the facts September 25, 2014 at 1:17 am Reply

    Yes please! I honestly feel anyone that justifies murder due to “lack of room” should be the first to offer themselves up to clear room for more humans as we become over populated. Nothing deserves to be killed because you can’t find room for it.

    There are plenty of areas of land state etc… that could house these animals. “Oh they might die” Well lets see… given the option would you rather someone just kill you if you became homeless or let you live on the streets? Oh we have that option already? How very kind of people to care so little for life of non-humans to justify it for them.

    It’s disgusting. I think all kill shelters should be shut down and very much hope for those that participate in euthanasia become homeless so we can “put them down” for their “own good”.

    NOTHING deserves to die PERIOD.

  26. Jane Farmer September 25, 2014 at 6:25 am Reply

    All states need to implement a no kill policy. It’s the humans who need education about pet responsibility. These pets don’t deserve to die because of human stupidity.

  27. donna September 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm Reply

    it is about time someone stepped up to the plate to save these animals. I hope the bill is pasted that would make people that has worked for so long to save the poor animals. its about the animals has a say in theur care instead of uncaring people doing so. no kill shelters are the new way to help more people should get on board to help.

  28. missy September 26, 2014 at 8:39 am Reply

    It’s a shame to read this, be ready to get mad if you please, really yep here it is no kill shelters house animals like prisoners, we feed them house them but honestly they lack proper attention, and medical well same as a prison, you wanna stop animals from being killed then spray And neuter, you will never get a grip on a no kill Shelter till then, really yout day, why yes, go visit a no kill half are animals A NO ONE WANTS. sad but true you who are going to comment here stop and all your self am I truly wrong ? When did you go to a shelter and volunteer vi spent 17 years helping, feeding,long drives to vets, clinics,and zoos for adoption days, amazing yes I even spray barn cats who by the way peddle just throw away! Do you? I have even paid for others to get theirs Done. Have you? So don’t complain or bitch about my add, shame on you for wanting no kill when there are tons of animal living on the street cause there is no room in a no kill, look deeper before you look and judge. You do have it right in a perfect world no kill would be nice but we all die. Slaughter houses, cows, pigs, rabbits cats and dogs all our beloved pets and if we’re to be honest here, when it’s time our they are hurry or of no user do we abandon them our properly euthanize them, if rather know they went to heaven then suffered any more.

  29. Ann Patounas September 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm Reply

    No kill. Absolutely

  30. Nancy Brown September 27, 2014 at 1:11 am Reply

    No Kill Shelters!! Reduce Cost Of Spaying So It’s Affordable For All!!

  31. Pam McConnell September 27, 2014 at 1:34 am Reply

    These poor defenseless animals have done nothing to deserve death. ..

  32. Leticia Holmes September 27, 2014 at 2:16 pm Reply

    all this comments make me think that i might be a cruel person, but here it goes my comment,:, for those who like to have pets, stop the reproduction of more dogs/cats, as it is we have tons of them crawling like ants on the streets of the big cities and people not caring for them with shoots they need and other medical issues. is expensive and they crap all over the place, people when they walking their dogs don’t pick up the poop, crap on the parks etc etc etc. so if people want these places to stop killing them then who is going to pick up the bill for their care in this places?????? people stop been so selfish and don’t get a pet unless you are keeping them in your back yard , My daughter and husband got the first dog from a rescue place, they took her to the vet and no puppies for her 😦 sad but that was the only way i would aloud her in the house. then they got another dog, same thing went for him. we had 2 cats that some idiots trow them out the window from a moving truck, my daughter saw that and she call me , they where like 3 weeks old, both females one white and the other black and white, same thing to the vet and no kitties for them, they pass away due to cancer, and i said no more cats. when these dogs go to doggy heaven it would be the same no more dogs for us, we keep them in the house and when they go out we have a fence around the house, we have other dogs just running the streets in this little town and we have rules but people like “YOU ALL” don’t want the dogs on leash , would not spend little money to fence the dogs area, and would not stop the reproduction of more dog/cats, and don’t want these places to kill them , ????? what then????? soon this country would be call the shit state like london, YES CRAP ALL OVER THE PLACE.

  33. katie October 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm Reply

    EMERGENCY/URGENCY:Hi ❤ ! There is a female pitbull who is scheduled to be killed on Oct. 7th if we don't find an experienced foster before then. Her name is Cocoa, her ID#A4755887 and she is located at 4275 Elton St Baldwin Park (626-430-2378). Since she's scheduled to be killed on Oct 7th, so we (a group of people on facebook and beyond facebook) are searching for a way to rescue her before then! I found out about Cocoa through a rescue group site on facebook, and Cocoa's information was posted along with a photo and her scheduled euthanized date. As you can tell, hearing about the euthanization deeply disturbed me as I'm sure, it disturbs you too . She has a rescue, however the rescue cannot pull her from the Baldwin Park "shelter" without an experienced foster who lives in the Los Angeles Area. The "shelter" is open mon-thurs 12-7 and fri-sun 10-5. For more info about her and if you know of any fosters, please contact June

    https://www.facebook.com/ener.gee.167 

    AHLO1960@gmail.comif anyone could help spread the word about Cocoa and share her information, it would help and be greatly appreciated. Cocoa thanks you for reading this message ❤ we love you. 

  34. Lynda Sanders October 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm Reply

    After reading all these comments my head is reeling. Just when I thought I had found just the group “no kill shelters” that would save so many animals I hear that they won’t accept certain animals in their no kill shelters. And if they do accept certain animals that have problems that they can’t address , they take them to the kill shelters. I would like to know the truth concerning this since I’ve stopped donating to the ASPCA and have considered donating (all though not a large amount) to the no kill coalition. It would be very hard for me to support a group that advocates no kill but turns away animals they deem to sick or not adoptable.

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