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No Kill Miami Launches Campaign to Make Miami-Dade County Newest No- Kill Community in America

17 Oct

No Kill Miami is launching an unprecedented campaign to bring the Miami-Dade community and Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) together, for the very first time, to end the killing of healthy and treatable animals at our tax-payer funded, open- admission shelter. This exciting collaboration will focus on implementing new lifesaving programs and policies based on the best performing shelters across the country. Collectively known as the “No Kill Equation,” these programs and policies have helped numerous communities across the country achieve save rates of 90 percent or better.

“A collection of concerned animal-loving citizens, and leading animal welfare advocates, No Kill Miami is addressing a long-standing history of killing at MDAS. Miami-Dade Animal Services killed roughly 22,000 companion animals at the shelter last year, over 60 percent of all dogs and cats. We believe that staggering level of killing does not reflect our community’s values,” says Debi Day, Director of No Kill Miami.

With the appointment of a compassionate new director at MDAS, the opportunity for change is ripe, and No Kill Miami is calling on the community to support this new lifesaving mission.

We are asking the public to visit http://www.nokillmiami.org to learn about the many important ways they can help us end the killing today. For those without computer access, please call us toll free at 888-589-4188.

We are looking for a variety of volunteers to help us implement these No Kill programs, which include fostering neonatal puppies and kittens, promoting off-site adoptions, organizing fundraising events, providing pet owners with information to address behavioral and medical problems, and launching public relations and marketing campaigns to get the community involved in this exciting lifesaving mission.

About No Kill Miami:

NoKillMiami.org is an animal welfare think tank compromised of concerned animal-loving citizens, prominent figures in the community, animal welfare experts, animal law attorneys, shelter volunteers, and community veterinarians working to make Miami-Dade a No Kill Community.

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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.