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.”
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.