Archive | May, 2011

Join MCABSL in Tampa at ‘Bullies Against BSL’

31 May

Join our friends, the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation, on June 11th in Tampa, at “Bullies Against BSL”, presented by Pit Bill Gear! This fun-filled event celebrating our pittie companions will include American Bully Kennel Club shows, a fun show and lots, lots more. Bring your pittie and spend the day supporting MCABSL’s efforts to put an end to Breed-Specific Legislation, once and for all!

Visit PitBullGear.com for more info, directions to the show & more.

Where: Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4800 Highway 301N, Tampa, FL 33610
When: 6/11/11, gates open at 8am, first show starts at 10am
What: $5 admission (one person, one dog) – proceeds benefit MCABSL

The No Kill Movement Gains Momentum Nationwide

25 May

No Kill news has been popping up all over the place in recent weeks, with CAPA and other No Kill successes making national headlines. This includes the success of Austin, Texas in creating a No Kill community, the introduction of CAPA in Minnesota, the introduction of CAARA in New York, and the approval of a No Kill ordinance in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, among lots of other major milestones.

Additionally, in the summer issue of American Dog Magazine, the story of Justice for Bella is highlighted on page 68, and an article by No Kill advocate Ryan Clinton appears on page 66.

And today, an article by journalist Christie Keith on the importance of passing CAPA appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle online. With all the growing buzz, and the introduction of Rescue Five-O just a few short weeks ago, No Kill advocates across the country are making their mark! People across the nation are growing wise to the No Kill movement, learning the truth about our nation’s shelters, and working hard to put a stop to the abuse and unnecessary killing happening every day. Together, we can save the lives of the 3-4 million homeless companion animals killed every year across the US – and the recent strides the movement is making are proof that a No Kill Nation is within our reach.

If you haven’t yet, check our Rescue Five-O and learn how you can get CAPA moving in your area.

Legislation to Protect Shelter Pets to Be Introduced in Minnesota

17 May

And the good news keeps on rolling. The Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) is set to be introduced in Minnesota within the next week, following in the footsteps of a revised version (CAARA) recently introduced in New York, and successful passage in Delaware in 2010.

This act will insure crucial protections for pets in Minnesota shelters, as well as end all “convenience” killing by these organizations. If CAPA passes, no longer will shelters be able to kill when cages are empty, no longer will they be able to kill pit bulls indiscriminately, no longer will they be able to deny animals to legitimate rescue groups, no longer will they be able to deny vet care to suffering animals … and so on.

So keep an eye out for Minnesota CAPA in the next week, and read Mike Fry’s terrific blog about its introduction.

Shelter Reform Legislation Introduced in New York!

16 May

Despite the death of CAPA in Texas last week, things are looking up! A shelter reform and rescue access law has just been introduced in New York state! This legislation, entitled the Companion Animal Adoption & Rescue Act (CAARA), was introduced by New York State Senator Joseph Robach and Assembly Member Micah Kellner last week. This legislation would save the lives of approximately 25,000 animals in New York, all animals currently denied to rescue groups, only to face their own deaths.

The proposed legislation would mandate access to death row animals for rescue groups, end killing when a shelter has empty cages, require shelters to post their statistics and lots of other common sense provisions that will SAVE LIVES.

And even more good news? The bill has already received support from Alley Cat Allies, Best Friends and the No Kill Advocacy Center! It’s a team effort, and this bill is on track to change things for the better for New York’s homeless animals. Share the good news, and encourage New Yorkers to reach out to their elected representatives and show their strong support for this bill!

Click here to read Nathan Winograd’s blog on CAARA.

Join Us at the MCABSL BBQ This Weekend!

12 May

Join us this Saturday, May 14th, with our friends, the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation (MCABSL), at their annual BBQ! This fun-filled event is a must-attend for anyone who opposes the unfair legislation levied against pit bulls and other innocent breeds.

All proceeds will benefit MCABSL, and the event will feature food, drinks, live music, games, a show and much, much more. The fun kicks off at 10am at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, and keeps going ’till 4pm.

MCBSL is a non profit organization that is involved in changing the public perception of the many innocent dogs that are euthanized every day solely because of their breed.

This group does terrific work, so please show your support!

Why Revealing the Truth Isn’t ‘Bashing’

10 May

As an organization committed to shelter reform, part of our efforts include revealing the truth about organizations that CLAIM to be working towards shelter reform, but whose funding is actually going elsewhere. We’re often accused of “bashing” the big three (the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)). But “bashing” isn’t our purpose or intention. What we’re doing is alerting people to the realities of where their hundreds of millions of dollars in donations are going.

Animal-loving Americans who give their hard-earned money to these groups DESERVE to know the truth. Commercials featuring heart-wrenching music and images of suffering shelter pets lead the public to believe that these funds will go directly to saving pets in shelters. But the reality is, the HSUS gives less than one-half of one percent of its budget to directly funding shelters, and often supports the mass killing of pets rescued from dog-fighting rings and other abusive situations. The ASPCA has just had a formal complaint filed against them for deceptive fundraising practices, since so little of their revenue goes to local shelters, and has supported some of the nation’s worst shelter directors. PETA kills 97% of cats and 88% of dogs it takes in,while claiming to be against the killing of any animal.  Talk about misleading. Doesn’t the public deserve to know these facts?

If the ASPCA, HSUS and PETA want to funnel their funds into lobbying, celebrity-driven ad campaigns to end meat-eating and high CEO salaries – they need to be honest with their donors that that’s where the money goes. They also need to be honest with their donors about their stance on the status quo of our nation’s shelters. The ASPCA and the HSUS support some of the nation’s worst shelters and their leadership, despite abuse, neglect and horrifically high kill rates. Their track records speak for themselves. Please read up about all three groups on Nathan Winograd’s blog – in the right hand column he has essential reading about each group and their practices. These are the FACTS.

Exposing the truth is not bashing … and only by shining a light on these powerful groups will we ever change the state of the animal welfare movement in our nation, and steer our country towards a No Kill future.

Who We Are & What We Do

6 May

It has come to our attention recently that there’s been some misinformation circulating about who we are and what we do. So, we’re here to set the record straight about No Kill Nation.

No Kill Nation’s mission is to work towards shelter reform on a national level. We begin by educating the public about the realities of the three to four million homeless animals needlessly dying in our nation’s shelters annually – and how we can eliminate the killing through the implementation of the proven No Kill Equation.  Then, we bring to light the truth about the “Big Three” – the ASPCA, the HSUS and PETA, and their opposition to the No Kill movement. Through these educational efforts, we inspire and encourage a grassroots movement where animal lovers across the nation can work towards shelter reform and legislation in their respective regions. In partnership with the No Kill Advocacy Center, we are determined to create a No Kill Nation.

We are not, however, a rescue group. We do not pull animals from shelters, or re-home surrendered pets. We work to solve the problem at its core – with the operations of shelters across the country.

In February of 2011, a protest against Miami Dade Animal Services was organized by some local animal rights activists. This protest was NOT organized or created by No Kill Nation. However, members of our team did attend, as we supported its overall aim – to have Dr. Sara Pizano removed as Director of MDAS and replaced with a compassionate No Kill leader.  No Kill Nation is an ADVOCACY group – not an ACTIVIST group. The two are very different. While we might attend a protest, (if it’s appropriate, non-violent and respectful) we would not organize one.

We are an incorporated not-for-profit organization. We meet with community leaders, county government officials and legislators, attend public hearings, speak with the media, provide educational outreach and build relationships with like-minded community associations. For the record, we do not support or advocate name-calling of our opponents, using slanderous language, protesting at the homes of shelter leaders, Facebook bullying or any other tactics that demonstrate a lack of civilized behavior. You will never see or hear a staff member of No Kill Nation participating in these types of actions.

Some of our opponents have accused us of personal attacks, spreading insulting nicknames and the like, but those who are behind these actions are NOT members of No Kill Nation.

We hope this has helped to dispel some of the rumors surrounding us. If you have further questions about what we do & who we are, always feel free to reach out to us directly via email.

Please visit us on Facebook, and check out our new joint project with the No Kill Advocacy Center – Rescue Five-O, designed to assist No Kill advocates across the nation in helping to transform their communities and help pass legislation to protect shelter pets nationally. Recently, we sent copies of sample legislation (known as CAPA, the Companion Animal Protection Act) and other materials to all 7,400 US legislators. Additionally, we are looking for No Kill representatives in every state – so please contact us if you feel you can best represent the region in your local area.

Discontent Grows Against National ‘Humane’ Organizations

5 May

It was only a matter of time before local SPCAs (with Humane Societies sure to be next in line) started calling the bluffs of the ASPCA when it comes to donated funds. For decades, the ASPCA has been airing tear-jerking commercials about homeless shelter pets and asking the public to donate towards saving them. In reality, however, almost none of the ASPCA’s budget goes towards helping local SPCAs or shelters, and in fact, many of the animals they show in puppy mill raids or hoarding busts end up dead. And now, the State Humane Association of California has filed a complaint against the national group.

According to an MSNBC.com story: “The complaint alleges that ASPCA’s unfair and deceptive fundraising practices harm local humane societies and SPCAs by capitalizing on and reinforcing the widely-held mistaken belief that the ASPCA is a parent or umbrella organization to the thousands of humane societies and SPCAs across the country.”

The complaint alleges that the aggressive fundraising practices by the ASPCA harms local shelters & rescue groups – which is completely logical. After all, the ASPCA can afford national TV commercials, while local shelters who are lacking in large budgets would have trouble competing.

Additionally, the Humane Society of the US is also facing issues. This week, several Missouri legislators requested an inquiry into the tax-exempt 501c3 status of the HSUS, claiming that the group is primarily a lobbying group. Any organization deemed a 501c3 cannot have lobbying as a substantial part of its ongoing activities, but many would argue that lobbying is the HSUS’ primary function.

According to the legislators’ complaint: “We believe that HSUS’s own public documents show beyond question that lobbying is a “substantial part” of its activities and feel that IRS’s failure to act is attributable to the politically sensitive nature of HSUS’s activities,” they wrote. Under the definition of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, an organization “may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities.”

These type of accusations were bound to happen eventually – organizations that operate under a veil of secrecy and obtain most of their donations through misleading the public through deceptive advertising/PR can’t get away with it forever. The truth will be revealed.

Building a No Kill Community Workshop Recap

2 May

This past weekend, the No Kill Nation team attended the Building a No Kill Community workshop in Houston. This day-long session was chock full of useful and important information for No Kill advocates and groups. Hosted by No Kill Houston and led by Nathan Winograd, the turnout was terrific, and we laughed, cried and cheered together.

We live Tweeted from the event, and got lots of great feedback and questions. Below are some bullet points of information from our Twitter feed, and check us out at @NoKillNation for the rest of the content. If you have the chance to attend a conference like this in your area, we HIGHLY recommend it! You’ll be blown away.

History of the movement & basic information:

  • The “pound” was first created to protect people from the PERCEIVED threat of stray animals, a rationale that still exists today.|
  • The original ASPCA’s mission was to protect animals from people. Two different movements with different missions.
  • After Henry Bergh’s (ASPCA founder) death, ASPCA sadly takes over NYC’s pound contract and becomes city’s leading killer of dogs & cats.
  • Who is to blame for the killing? The national “humane” groups blamed pets for not being adoptable and people for being irresponsible.
  • When we seek laws to punish people, too often we end up punishing the animals!
  • Most successful communities in US don’t have mandatory s/n, cat confinement laws or cat licensing laws & only passively enforce dog license.
  • LA saw 35% increase in cat killing, 24% increase in dog killing after passing mandatory spay/neuter laws.
  • Based on using the No Kill equation, there are No Kill communities in Colorado, California, Utah, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and many more.
  • There is NO correlation between per capita spending on animal control and lifesaving. It all comes down to decisions made by leadership.
  • A key ingredient of the No Kill Equation is a hardworking, compassionate shelter director committed to No Kill.
  • Do good things for animals, tell people about it and ask for their help. Most people WILL help, that’s the key to a No Kill community.
  • There are 17 m. ppl annually who can be convinced to adopt, for the roughly 3 m. animals who need homes. We need only convince a small %.

How to adopt your way out of killing:

  • It’s key to have shelter workers who like animals AND people.
  • Provide good helpful advice to ppl and offer an animal help desk. In Reno, 59% interacting w/ animal help desk end up keeping their animals.
  • Adoption promotions happen all year but biggest adoption season is spring/summer so it’s key to be highly staffed during these periods.
  • Beat the competition, offer great adoption specials and prices. Do promotions based on your population size, what’s happening in the shelter
  • Celebrate every adoption, applaud, ring a bell, dance! Make the adopter feel special!
  • Professional website is key, plus social media to get the word out about adoptable animals!
  • Good photographs make a world of difference in adoptions, find a volunteer photographer to help.

The shelter environment – saving cats and dogs:

  • Most “temperament” testers in shelters have no formal training and have been shown by others who have also had no formal training
  • It would be difficult to design a worse or more frustrating environment for a dog than a kennel at a shelter…
  • Dogs should get out of the shelters 4x a day between staff and volunteers and comments about the animal should be recorded each time”
  • Some shelters claim that up to 70% of cats coming in are feral, but many of these are just fearful.
  • Every shelter that has achieved No Kill was once as bad and regressive as those who kill now.

And visit our Twitter feed for LOTS of additional information and discussion.