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100+ Abandoned Dogs Left to Starve in the Everglades

20 Oct

Recently, it came to the attention of No Kill Nation that over a hundred dogs have been dumped in the Everglades/Homestead area of South Florida. These dogs, mostly domesticated, have been left to fend for themselves. Many end up starving to death. Some get hit by cars. Others are attacked by alligators or killed by bufo toads. Most are not spayed or neutered, and puppies are often born in the wild.

This tragic situation led to a massive call to action, and a group of dedicated rescuers and No Kill Nation staffers have come together to help coordinate the rescue of these animals. Volunteers are feeding and caring for the dogs, and others are trapping and transporting dogs to vet’s offices and foster homes.

More are dumped every day, so this is an ongoing struggle. We’re in need of foster and adoptive homes, monetary donations for vetting, donations of food, medicines, supplies and other items – and volunteers to help transport. If you can help, please email fladogs@thenokillnation.org.

Those who wish to donate can do so through ChipIn. Or, checks can be mailed to 837 Southeast 8th Ave, Suite 201, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.

An Amazon Wishlist of needed goods has been set up, so donations could be made this way as well.

A puppy, hit by a car in Homestead, Florida. RIP little one.

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Could Texas Be the First No Kill State?

21 Sep

The No Kill movement in Texas is on a roll. Austin and Williamson County have maintained 90%+ save rates for six months and counting, Seagoville has instituted a No Kill policy, and Rockwall has managed a 97% live outcome for August and a 90% mandated save rate as they move forward. Obviously, the Lone Star state is making its mark.

Additionally, San Antonio, whose leaders have been talking about going No Kill for some time (unsuccessfully), has recently demoted its director in the hopes of making positive change. It could be a step in the No Kill direction for the city.

Some have speculated that Virginia may be the first No Kill state, as they have a significant number of no or low kill communities, but it looks like Texas is in the running, too.

I foresee a lifesaving battle ahead! Hopefully, other states will jump into the competition, and the No Kill movement will continue to widen its reach. Every day, more and more animal lovers are learning the truth about our nation’s shelters, and as time passes, they simply won’t stand for the status quo. The possibilities are endless – and one day, we will be a No Kill Nation.

The No Kill Equation

31 Aug

For those who may be new to the No Kill movement, below is an explanation of the No Kill Equation (NKE). The NKE is the only program proven to lead to No Kill success. It involves 11 simple steps, which, when implemented by a shelter, lead to increased live outcome rates and drastic drops in killing.

The NKE has been successfully applied in Reno, Nevada; Tompkins County, New York; Shelby County, Kentucky; Charlottesville, Virginia, and many other communities across the US.

The No Kill Equation works, period. But, it does take hard work, dedication, and a compassionate, innovative leader at the helm. A halfhearted attempt at the programs will NOT be effective. They must all be aggressively implemented in order to reap the lifesaving rewards.

I. Feral Cat TNR Program

Trap Neuter Release (TNR) programs are the only proven effective methods of reducing a feral cat population, and No Kill communities across the country have embraced these tactics as a method of drastically reducing shelter intake and saving lives.

II. High Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low or no-cost, high volume spay/neuter programs are a key component to reducing shelter intake, and become especially effective over time. Reducing intake allows for additional resources to be allocated to other shelter necessities.

III. Rescue Groups

Rescue groups are an invaluable element of the NKE. Any transfer of an animal to a rescue group reduces taxpayer cost for vet care and boarding (or euthanasia), in addition to freeing up a kennel for another animal. A transfer to a legitimate rescue should never be refused by a shelter.

IV. Foster Care

Foster care is an irreplaceable way to drastically expand shelter capacity. Volunteer foster parents provide boarding, food and care for animals, and serve as key advocates for the shelter’s mission. These programs also save the lives of neonatal kittens and other animals who cannot survive in a shelter environment.

V. Comprehensive Pet Adoptions

You CAN adopt your way out of killing, but it takes hard work and innovation. There are 17 million families looking for pets each year, and three to four million killed in shelters. There are more than enough homes for our nation’s homeless pets, but shelters must compete with outside sources of animals – they must offer promotions, adoption specials and implement effective marketing programs to get pets out the door.

VI. Pet Retention

Many of the reasons people surrender their animals are preventable, but shelters must work with the public to help them retain their animals. Through offering advice and assistance to those in need, shelters can reduce intake and keep families together.

VII. Medical and Behavior Rehabilitation

A key part of any shelter’s responsibility is to insure the health & well being of its inhabitants. Animals must be treated for medical conditions and rehabilitated for behavioral issues. This step includes the implementation of proper cleaning, vaccination, evaluation and other protocols.

VIII. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Community support is key to No Kill success. By increasing public exposure for the shelter, the community will get involved, which means more donations, more volunteers, more adoptions and more lifesaving success.

IX. Volunteers

No Kill efforts cannot succeed without volunteers. They expand the shelter’s operational efforts without necessitating additional expense. They are invaluable, and the backbone of any successful shelter.

X. Proactive Redemptions

In Washoe County, Nevada, almost 65% of intake are returned to their owners, demonstrating the high percentage of animals that need only be  redeemed. Actively working towards RTO efforts can drastically reduce shelter intake and kill rates.

XI. A Compassionate Director

The number one most important factor in reaching a No Kill community is effective leadership. Unless a shelter’s leader is progressive, compassionate and hard-working, other efforts are likely to fail. The leader dictates the policies & procedures of the organization, and if a leader makes a decision to stop the killing – it will stop.

 

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.

The Abuses of NYC’s ACC – and What We Can Do About It

14 Jun

Throughout history, the common consciousness of the American people has gradually been awakened to the great injustices we’ve inflicted on our fellow man. The suffrage movement, the child labor movement, the civil rights movement and others; all have had seen their time in history arrive, and as we’ve gradually righted these wrongs – we look back and wonder – how we could have ever been so blind? This is currently the case for our nation’s homeless pets, and the pets of New York in particular. While not our fellow men, they are our fellow sentient beings, and as a nation, it’s our duty to protect them. We are a nation that adores our cats and dogs – so why should the homeless be any less worthy of protection?

The state of New York’s animal shelters, and New York City’s Animal Care and Control, in particular, have reached a point of cruelty and neglect that would shock tax-paying citizens. Thousands and thousands of homeless animals are condemned to death unnecessarily, despite the Mayor’s Alliance and the ASPCA claiming “model” results from their city shelters. The reality is far from the PR spin, and it’s time the animal-loving public knew the truth.

Several weeks ago, a popular staffer, Emily Tanen, was fired from NYC’s ACC. Tanen was well-respected in the rescue community for her extraordinary efforts to save lives – including taking exceptional photos and writing engaging biographies of the animals that caught the eyes of rescue groups and potential adopters. The ACC does not support such strategies – and doesn’t believe in participating in social media, period, even though it’s widely accepted as one of the most successful methods for re-homing pets. Tanen says she was fired for violating ACC’s policy of taking photos of the animals while they’re in the company of human beings. This is against the organization’s rules – even though these photos help to demonstrate the positive temperaments of these pets (a key factor, especially with pit bulls). The ACC has refused to comment to the media on why Tanen was fired.

Tanen and other ACC insiders have spoken out to the press about the abuses they’ve seen on an ongoing basis. One of the top offenses? To continue to receive millions of dollars annually from Maddie’s Fund and other organizations, the ACC is not allowed to kill animals solely for reasons of space. So, to hedge this rule, Tanen and others say they’ve lowered the behavioral grade for temperament testing, so many animals no longer pass – then staff is given carte blanche to kill them. Tanen and others also say they allegedly allow animals to develop kennel cough (which every animal will, if left in the shelter for several days), then use this mild illness as an excuse to kill.

Additionally, there is photographic evidence of animals in filthy conditions, with overturned water bowls; cats with their food mixed with kitty litter; dogs lying in their own feces, not being walked for days; and other gross abuses. Volunteers are forced to sign away their right to free speech, so anyone who tries to speak out about shelter conditions is terminated.

And then there’s the story of Ebony – a tragic tale from last week. Every night, the ACC creates a kill list for the following morning. It is released to chosen parties (rescue groups only) at 6pm each evening – and these groups have until 8am the next morning to desperately network these animals in an attempt to save lives. Last week, a photo of a dog on the kill list was posted to the Urgent Facebook page. This dog, Ebony, was seen lying in her own waste. Dozens of people came together through social networking to try and save her – donating money, offering to take her in, etc., but were unable to do so. Why? Because the ACC didn’t bother to answer the phone (on a side note, their phone number is not publicly available). Ebony died – even though a home awaited her.

That same day, the ACC also killed the wrong dog in place of a different dog that was on the euthanasia list. Who was the dog they killed in this dog’s place? They still haven’t answered public inquiries about this question.

And then there’s the story of Ginger – a nearly full term pregnant pup whose babies were systematically killed, though they were old enough to survive on their own. During the surgery, the ACC almost killed Ginger, and later made bogus fundraising attempts while failing to mention that THEY themselves had caused her life-threatening condition.

But there is hope for the NYC ACC and all other shelters across New York.

Several weeks ago, Assemblyman Micah Kellner introduced the Companion Animal Access and Rescue Act (CAARA). This monumentally important bill will offer crucial protections for animals in New York shelters – protections that most tax-payers likely believe are already in place. Last year, approximately 25,000 pets were killed in New York shelters – even though rescue groups were willing to save them. Additionally, thousands and thousands more faced fates like those of Ebony and the nameless dog killed at the ACC. If CAARA passes, these animals will be protected by law, and will not be able to be killed when there are empty cages, or for arbitrary reasons such as breed – and they will not be allowed to wallow in their own waste.

We must speak for the voiceless animals of New York. This bill has the support of the No Kill Advocacy Center, Alley Cat Allies, Best Friends Animal Society and No Kill Nation. It is common sense legislation, and will save the tax-payers money. New Yorkers – please educate yourself on what’s happening in your local shelters, and support CAARA, so together, we can save the lives of thousands of New York pets whose only “crime” is being without a home.

To show your support for CAARA, please call/email Senator Joseph Robach and strongly encourage him to bring CAARA to the floor. Let him know it will save thousands of lives, as well as taxpayer dollars – and thank him profusely!

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.

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.