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Text NKN to 27722 to Donate $10

5 Dec

Great news! You can now text NKN to 27722 to donate $10 to our lifesaving efforts! Supporting the No Kill cause is as easy as picking up your cell phone.

During this special time of year, we hope you’ll think of our nation’s homeless companion animals. Your generous support allows us to continue working to save their lives, and insure a better tomorrow for our nation’s shelters.

With just a few seconds of your time, you can show your support for the crucial reform of our nation’s animal shelters. Through legislation, educational efforts, local initiatives and much more, we’re working daily for the achievement of a No Kill Nation.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

(Standard text & data rates may apply.)

Austin’s Upcoming No Kill Workshop

23 Aug

Austin Pets Alive! is a shining example of the possibilities that emerge when a community of animal lovers come together. Thanks in large part to their efforts, Austin, Texas, has maintained a 90%+ save rate for six months thus far. An incredible accomplishment!

Given their success, the organization has apparently received requests for help from animal advocates across the country looking to duplicate their methods. In answer to these requests, they have created American Pets Alive!, a new, national group designed to help spread the grassroots No Kill movement far and wide.

The first order of business by American Pets Alive! is an upcoming No Kill worskshop in Austin, Texas, this September.

According to their blog post about the event: “On September 26th-27th, we are hosting a No Kill Workshop in Austin to teach other communities about our programs that have enabled us to save 10,000 dogs and cats in the last 3 years who would have been killed within hours if we hadn’t rescued them. We’ll also have speakers talk about topics like political advocacy and how to save animals from within your city shelter, instead of starting your own rescue program.”

This can’t-miss workshop is sure to sell out fast! You can get your tickets here.

You can also follow American Pets Alive! on Facebook to keep abreast of all their new endeavors.

Memphis Animal Services Director Resigns

12 Aug

As the No Kill movement grows in strength and numbers, we can expect to see the old guard leaders falling, one by one. They cannot withstand the light of truth on the darkness they’ve perpetrated in their facilities. In the last week, Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Dr. Sara Pizano resigned, followed yesterday by Memphis Animal Services Director Matthew Pepper.

Matthew Pepper’s one-year tenure was marked with countless images of abuse visible on shelter webcams, an employee charged with animal cruelty and a kill rate exceeding 70%. All the outraged community heard from Pepper was excuses.

This is the city’s opportunity to build a brighter tomorrow. By installing a leader versed in No Kill practices and procedures, Memphis can turn its dismal facility around. Animals can start leaving out the front door, with families, instead of through the back, in garbage bags.

Mayor Wharton: now’s your chance to be a hero. If you install a No Kill leader, you’ll be celebrated, cheered on, and supported. The public will be on your side instead of fighting against you. Stand up for your community’s animals. Stop the killing. Stop the abuse.

For those interested in voicing their support for a No Kill leader to take the stage in Memphis, you can join YesBiscuit’s letter-writing campaign to city leaders here.

No Kill Conference Workshop: Here Comes Social Media

30 Jul

Social media has become an absolutely essential tool for any effective No Kill advocate in today’s world. Today, Alan Rosenblatt, Associate Director of Online Advocacy at the Center for American Progress, instructed a conference room full of eager students on the many tools of his trade. From Facebook to Twitter, Alan covered the social media gamut, and helped us all gain an even better understanding of how we can utilize these tools to drive change.

Some of the key highlight’s from Alan’s presentation included the following:

  • Reaching out to key legislators via Twitter and Facebook is very effective, as these are completely public forums. Via email, they can easily claim to have never seen the correspondence, but with social media, the proof is public.
  • Before reaching out, do extensive research. Determine who the key legislators are, and find their social media profiles. The easiest way to do so is via Google – a simple search with their names and the word “Twitter” or “Facebook” is usually effective.
  • When it comes to petitions, act.ly is a simple tool that easily allows petitions to be shared via Twitter. Users can sign directly from the page or Re-Tweet another’s signature.
  • Although Twitter allows 140 characters per Tweet, 120 characters is the maximum recommendation, so it allows for followers to add their own commentary or additional information when Re-Tweeting.
  • When linking to outside content or information, use a trackable service like bit.ly. This website offers a free URL shortening service that also provides click-through statistics when users are registered for an account.
  • Twitter hashtags are an invaluable tool to insure your message begins to reach a wider audience. Look for relevant and frequently used hashtags through Twitter search. Identify four to five that relate to your cause, and use them to share your message with like-minded users. You can search for issue-specific hashtags, state-specific hashtags, and ideologically-specific hashtags, among others.
  • Always remember that Twitter is an entirely public forum. Don’t share anything you wouldn’t want the world to see. Private messages are an option, but the site is primarily
  • If you click “favorite” on any given Tweet from another user, it prevents them from deleting said Tweet. Additionally, remember to take screenshots of your comments to organizations and legislators. This provides proof should the content be deleted.
  • Social media has made everyone a citizen journalist. Now, every individual has a platform from which to speak that could potentially reach the far corners of the globe. Social media also allows everyone access to influencers – both traditional and new: press, legislators, bloggers, etc.
  • Among institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations are the most trusted in the US, however, Americans trust individuals that they know far more highly.
  • There is a three-step process for increasing followers on any social network. One: connect with them. Two: engage with them. Three: Recommend them.

Alan’s presentation was impressive, and left us pondering a world of possibilities for No Kill advocates everywhere.

Stay tuned for additional blogs outlining content from the conference!

Manatee County, Florida, Takes the First Step Towards No Kill

27 Jul

Time marches on – and as it does, greater numbers of progressive, animal-loving communities are beginning to see the light and take the turn towards No Kill. The most recent community to adopt a No Kill pledge is Manatee County, Florida.

Inspired by Nathan Winograd’s book, Redemption, and having attended one of Nathan’s seminars, Kris Weiskopf, the chief of Manatee County Animal Services, realized that his county could develop a plan to reach the ultimate goal of a 90%+ save rate.

The local community in Manatee County has previously expressed their interest in going No Kill (including the Humane Society of Manatee County), so this county already has a strong community support base in place.

This chief has been in position for over 13 years, and he was still able to open his mind and embrace a new, lifesaving concept. The many entrenched shelter directors who refuse to see any way but the status quo should look to Mr. Weiskopf’s example.

Please stop by and visit the Manatee County Animal Services Facebook page and show your support for their efforts. Let’s help them hit that 90%+ save rate!

Additionally, you can read Mr. Weiskopf’s new column,“A View to No-Kill” every Tuesday for the Bradenton Herald.

Congratulations, Manatee County. In the words of your chief: “This is a new beginning, a new Animal Services.”

Miami Dade Animal Services Leaves Bagged Carcasses Exposed to Heat, Rain

13 Jul

On July 6th, in the aftermath of holiday weekend killing at Miami Dade Animal Services, a disposal truck parked behind the shelter was stacked high with bagged carcasses of homeless pets (these are the trucks that come in twice daily to cart away the many dead). The truck sat, in the boiling Miami heat, overnight – with no refrigeration. Then, it rained.

Concerned rescuers attempted to contact MDAS officials for an explanation (and to inquire about the many health risks involved in such a scenario), but as of yet have received no response.

The following day, rescuers were appalled to see bagged bodies lying on the sidewalk behind the shelter, exposed again to the heat and rain.

The below photos show the bags on the sidewalk and after being loaded onto the truck.

As the Journal of the American Veterinary Association (JAVMA) says, “An animal carcass is composed of microbiologically active material that may contain viruses, bacteria, protozoa, parasites, prions, toxins, drug residues, and other chemicals. All of the biologically active materials need to be reduced to safe amounts, eliminated, or sequestered to minimize their potential hazard.”

Does lying on a sidewalk in the hot summer temps sound like an effective way to reduce biologically active materials?

Obviously the lives of these animals aren’t worth much respect to MDAS leadership – whether dead, or alive. And the health & safety of our community doesn’t look like it’s too high on the priority list, either.

And in the midst of this situation at MDAS, shelters across the country are achieving No Kill success, despite higher per capita intake rates and countless other obstacles. They’re still doing it. They’re not making excuses. They’re not placing the blame on the “irresponsible public”. They just made a commitment to stop the killing – and followed through. Congratulations to one such success story, Austin, Texas – who just celebrated six months of a 90%+ save rate!

If they can do it, so can we. And we won’t settle for anything less. Are you listening, MDAS?!

No Kill Nation and the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation Are Not Affiliated With the Upcoming Protest Against Miami-Dade Animal Services

29 Jun

Miami, Florida – June 29, 2011:  No Kill Nation (NKN) and the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation (MCABSL) would like to publicly clarify that they are not affiliated with the upcoming protest against Miami-Dade Animal Services, scheduled for July 9th.

NKN and MCABSL have had no role in planning or disseminating the information about this event.

The Facebook event was created by a woman named Hannah Steinberg, not to be confused with Hannah Sentenac of No Kill Nation. The two are different individuals, and No Kill Nation has no affiliation with the protest – although we can understand why confusion has occurred, due to the similarity in names.

While we absolutely support shelter reform and the installation of new leadership at Miami Dade Animal Services, we are advocacy groups, not activists – and we are working for reform through what we feel are the appropriate channels for our organizations, including the Rescue Five-O initiative, a national grassroots effort for shelter reform and legislation.

We hope this will correct any misinformation that may exist about the origination of the aforementioned event.

Cuba, Missouri, Votes to Go No Kill

23 Jun

Rack up another milestone for the No Kill movement! Cuba, Missouri’s City Council (and their Mayor) has voted to officially go No Kill; another town on the list of those committing to re-homing all saveable pets.

This Missouri town has been working towards this goal for some time – and we’re told that thanks to the joint efforts of Lt. Paul Crow of the Cuba Police Department; Jeff Bouse, of Cuba Animal Control; Sue Rhoades, Director of Follow Me Home Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and the animal-loving citizens of Cuba, their dream has come to fruition.

An impressive step, for this small town. Bravo Cuba, keep up the good work!

Click here to check out the Cuba, Missouri Animal Control Facebook page.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Animal Advocacy Groups Condemn Mass Slaughter of Cats at Miami Dade Animal Services

20 Jun

Miami, Florida – June 20, 2011: Animal advocates are horrified by the most recent incident in a string of documented cases of abuse, poor conditions and disease outbreaks at Miami Dade Animal Services. The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation (MCABSL) and No Kill Nation condemn the recent killing of 81 cats in a single day – a fact which was denied by Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) leadership, but has been verified by shelter records.

MCABSL recently learned that MDAS leadership intended to kill over a 100 cats, as a direct result of one solitary case of Panleukopenia – a disease similar to parvovirus in canines. Advocates reached out to MDAS leadership to ask about the situation, and on June 14, 2011, an e mail directly from MDAS Operations Manager Xiomara Mordcovich to a concerned individual stated the following:

“MDAS did not report and did not euthanize over 100 cats/kittens on Saturday due to the case of Panleukopenia.

One cat tested positive for Panleukopenia. The kittens in his cage were also considered exposed and humanely euthanized. High risk kittens with URI, for instance, were also humanely euthanized. At the end of the day, we had 120 cats/kittens available for Sunday’s (next day) adoption, which is higher than average.”

After further investigation of the situation by MCABSL, the shocking discovery was that on Saturday, June 11, 2011, 81 cats and mostly kittens were killed. This left an approximate total of 60 cats/kittens. On the “MDAS Euthanasia Report” for that day, the reasons given were PARVO AND UPPER RESPIRATORY. However, according to Xiomara’s email, there was only one cat that tested positive for the disease. The majority of the cats killed ranged from one to two months of age. There were also 8 dogs killed, and the reasons given were Parvovirus, injury and “aggression”.

And in a horrifying repeat of the slaughter, on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, another 71 cats/kittens were killed. Again, their ages ranged from two to three months. Another eight dogs were also killed, mostly for “aggression”. The total number of animals euthanized on June 11, 2011 was 90, with a price tag to the tax-payers of $334.00. On June 15, 2011, the total number of animals killed was 83, with a price tag to the tax-payers of $194.00. If we were to transition to a No Kill shelter, the costs for this to our community would have been $0.00.

During March’s distemper outbreak, shelter leadership intended to kill all animals who were not removed from the shelter before the disinfection process began. If it weren’t for the tireless efforts of the rescue community, these animals would have died, but people came together and saved hundreds of lives. This recent slaughter of dozens of cats is more of the same from MDAS – shelter leadership demonstrating a complete disregard for the animals under their care.

Following this most recent in a string of abuses and missteps, MCABSL and No Kill Nation are calling for the resignation of Dr. Sara Pizano, to be replaced with a compassionate and hard-working director who will help lead our community to a No Kill future, instead of needlessly slaughtering the homeless pets of Miami-Dade. Please sign and share the petition for her removal: http://www.change.org/petitions/join-the-call-for-miami-dade-animal-services-directors-resignation.

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