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Lincoln County commissioners vote to adopt no-kill policy; Rowan activists protest gas chamber

Lincoln County took a step forward Monday when commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a No Kill policy at the county shelter.

According to a report in the Charlotte Observer, the initiative to push Lincoln County to adopt the programs of the No Kill Equation was led by a group of animal advocates who say they have committed more than 1,000 volunteer hours to the effort. The county will seek donations, grants and sponsorships to fund the initiative.

If Lincoln County succeeds it will be the second No Kill community in North Carolina. North Carolina has a very successful No Kill community in Polk County. The Foothills Humane Society, which holds the animal control contract for Polk County (and parts of northern Greenville and Spartanburg counties of South Carolina), had a 98.95% save rate in 2012, up from 96.55% in 2011. The Lincoln County shelter had dog and cat kill rates of 55.23% in 2012 and 52.93% in 2011.

In Rowan County Monday, dozens of animal advocates demonstrated against the use of of carbon monoxide to kill the county’s shelter pets. Advocates also presented a petition with more than 9,000 signatures to county commissioners and spoke during the public comment period of the commissioners’meeting. The Rowan County pound had a dog and cat kill rate of 47.81% in 2012, which was significantly lower than the 2011 kill rate of 76.47%.

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Person County AC Director Ron Shaw shares the secret to reforming pound

Little Boy BlueI’m in the middle of (well,  33 percent through, according to my Kindle) a new book that exposes the underbelly of the “shelter” system in the US and the horrors of the gas chamber. I intend to write about it when I’m done, but for now I’ll just say that even if you’ve been making it your business to know the realities, Little Boy Blue by Kim Kavin seems worth a read.

What does this have to do with Ron Shaw? The Person County Animal Control director makes an appearance in the book, because Blue was rescued from his pound in 2010.

This interview, which aired on CNN Saturday morning, prominently features a quote from Ron Shaw about the planned “phase-out” of the Person County Gas chamber:

The gas chamber’s not cruel, but animal activists don’t agree with it. And I’m fed up with dealing with it.

Animal advocates also don’t agree with killing healthy and treatable shelter pets when the No Kill Equation is a proven way to stop it. Gosh, I wonder what it takes to get Ron Shaw “fed up” enough to embrace programs that will end the killing? Animal advocates who would like to (politely and respectfully) share their views (and maybe some good reading) with Mr. Shaw can use the following contact information:
Phone:(336) 597-1741
Fax:(336) 597-3319
E-mail: rshaw@personcounty.net
2103 Chub Lake Road
Roxboro, NC 27574

You may as well include Person County Manager Heidi York and the county commissioners in the conversation as well. Heck, send ’em all cupcakes!

If you’d like to know more about Little Boy Blue but don’t want to wait for me to finish reading it, you can read some Amazon reviews.

And if you’re near Person County and would like to help Chance’s Angel Rescue and Education, one of the groups that pulls from the Person County pound (run by Rhonda Beach, the woman who actually pulled Blue), you can attend Concert for A Cause Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Mayo Park Amphitheatre in Roxboro starting at 3 pm.


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Defining No Kill Sheltering

I’m reblogging this YesBiscuit post as-is because it clears up so many misconceptions about what No Kill is and is not. I have discussions about this topic regularly because so many people mistakenly believe that No Kill means warehousing pets in cages or kennels forever, keeping suffering pets alive despite their pain or adopting out truly vicious dogs. In fact, all No kill means is not killing healthy or treatable (medically or behaviorally) pets by harnessing the compassion, energy and resources of your community to save them.


Note: Like all posts on this blog, the following is representative of my opinions and not intended to represent the views of any shelter or other group.

What No Kill sheltering is about:

Saving every healthy pet who enters the shelter, regardless of arbitrary criteria such as age or body shape, by adopting them out, placing them with fosters or transferring them to rescue groups.

Saving every pet whose illness or injuries are treatable.

Saving every healthy/treatable feral cat.

Saving every healthy/treatable dog in need of behavioral modification unless –

(a)  Rehabilitative efforts have failed as determined by a behaviorist and no sanctuary options exist OR

(b)   A judge has deemed the dog too vicious to live with people.

Promptly and humanely euthanizing pets who are suffering and whose veterinarian determined prognosis for recovery is poor or grave.

Working with the general public, rescue groups, foster homes, sanctuaries…

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Why North Carolina needs a Companion Animal Protection Act

When people think of animal shelters, they have an idea that animals are killed there, but usually they think it’s only after the shelter staff made a good-faith effort to find the pet a new home. That’s what they do at a shelter, right? Well, not in Montgomery County, NC, where they kill 99% of the pets that come in, making no effort to promote them for adoption. (Montgomery County pound adopted out just 12 dogs out of the 1,199 dogs and cats that came in during 2011.)

Animal shelters in North Carolina play by their own rules for the most part. There is an Animal Welfare Statute that mandates licensing and inspection of shelters. There is an administrative code that’s primarily concerned with structures, sanitation and record keeping, but does not mandate that shelters or their employees try to save the lives of the animals they are supposed to be “sheltering.”

These examples (and many more that I cannot publish here because the volunteers and rescuers who shared the stories are afraid they will be banned for speaking out) illustrate why North Carolina needs a Companion Animal Protection Act.

A growing number of communities across the country are demonstrating that it’s possible to save all but the most hoplesssly ill, injured or vicious animals that come into shelters. These shelters and communities have leaders committed to running shelters consistent with the programs and services that turn them into safe places for animals to be reunited with families or adopted into new ones. Basically, they are committed to following a blueprint for success.

In North Carolina, however, most of our shelters are reliant on killing, following the same roadmap to failure that has resulted in high kill rates for years. Meanwhile, they manage to convince the public that “there is no other way.” There is no accountability or oversight, and whether an animal lives or dies is often subject to the caprice of a director or staff member.

Rather than letting the fates of our shelter animals be subject to whim and personality, our shelter pets need to be afforded protections by law. We need regulations over shelters similar to those that govern hospitals and other agencies which hold the power over life and death:  a Companion Animal Protection Act.

A CAPA law would:

— Establish the shelter’s primary role as saving the lives of animals
— Declare that saving lives and protecting public safety are compatible
— Establish a definition of No Kill that includes all savable animals including feral cats
— Protect rabbits and other animals, as well as dogs and cats
— Require shelters to spay/neuter animals before adoption
— Make it illegal for a shelter to kill an animal if a rescue group or No Kill shelter is willing to save that animal
— Require shelters to provide animals with fresh food, fresh water, environmental enrichment, exercise, veterinary care, and cleanliness
— Require shelters to have fully functioning adoption programs including offsite adoptions, use of the internet to promote their animals, and further mandate that animal control be open seven days per week for adoption
— Prohibit shelters from killing animals based on arbitrary criteria such as breed bans or when alternatives to killing exist
— Require animal control to allow volunteers to help with fostering, socializing, and assisting with adoptions
— Ban the use of the gas chamber
— Require shelters to be truthful about how many animals they kill and adopt
— Require shelters to notify people surrendering animals about the likelihood their animal will be killed
— Provide free spay/neuter for all feral cats and for the pets of qualified low income households
–Allow citizens to sue the shelter and compel compliance if shelters fail to do so

A statewide CAPA is clearly needed in NC, but while we are working on that, advocates can work to pass similar versions affecting their own shelter at the local level.

For a PDF CAPA brochure suitable for printing or sending to officials and legislators, click here. For the full text of a model CAPA law, click here. More resources on advocating for CAPA can be found here.


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Pet Overpopulation Debunked: The Infographic

I really wanted a graphic representation of Nathan Winograd’s Debunking Pet Overpopulation. But no one seems to have made one. So I did it myself:Pet Overpopulation Debunked

Permission granted for use for all non-commercial No Kill advocacy.


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