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No Kill, where no healthy/treatable animals are killed, 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 success of this approach across the country proves the viability of the No Kill model and the above principles. In Clark County it is time for change! It is time to reject the failed philosophies and poor performance of the past. The majority of citizens of our community are kind, caring and generous. They deserve an animal shelter that reflects, rather than undermines, their values.
Clark County (minus Boulder City and Mesquite) has a population of roughly 1,999,330 people. Intake at The Animal Foundation (Lied Shelter) in 2011 was 44,668 dogs and cats. That is an intake rate of about 22 for every 1,000 human residents of the county. They killed 28,649, or 64% of all the dogs and cats. By contrast, Washoe County, Nevada in 2011 saved 91% of their dogs and cats even though they take in more per capita, about 37 pets per 1,000 people. In fact, there are No Kill communities with per capita intake rates as high as 73 pets per 1,000 people. If The Animal Foundation had the same adoption rate as they do in Washoe County, our community should be able to adopt out about 43,865 dogs and cats per year, which almost equals total impounds.
We the undersigned call for The Animal Foundation to follow the No Kill model starting with the steps listed below. By implementing these programs Lied shelter would increase adoptions, return to owner, and rescue outcomes and lessen the killing of healthy/treatable animals.
The Animal Foundation must utilize the programs and services of the No Kill Equation not sometimes, not merely when it is convenient or politically expedient to do so, but for every single animal, every single time. It is primarily the shift from a reactive to proactive orientation and from a casual, ad-hoc, limited implementation to a comprehensive one, which will lead to the greatest declines in killing, and fix Clark County’s broken animal shelter system.
For more info on The No Kill Equation: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/nokill101.pdf
Animal Help Alliance