1: to get back;
2: to free from what distresses or harms;
3: to change for the better;
4: to make good;
5: to atone for.
Why the No Kill Movement Will succeed in our lifetimes
If you read the first two pages of Nathan Winograd’s book “Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America,” you will understand why our shelters have continued to fail our companion animals for over a century.
“As director for the little known Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, California, Kim Sturla oversaw an animal shelter that took in thousands of dogs and cats every year, the majority of whom were put to death. Her record was hardly impressive. But on October 27, 1990, reporters from across the nation converged upon a small room in her shelter, and she had their full and rapt attention.
While cameras clicked and onlookers gasped, Sturla took a tan and gray calico cat and her four tiger-striped kittens -all healthy, adoptable animals- and injected them in the stomach with poison from a bottle marked “Fatal Plus”. By the time she had finished, Sturla had killed eight animals, five cats and three dogs on television… In Greensboro, North Carolina, in Nevada City at the foothills of the Sierras, and elsewhere, shelter directors turned to killing healthy animals on television in the hope that shocking the public would lower shelter intakes.” Nathan Winograd – Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America
For decades, shelters blamed the “irresponsible” public for the numbers of animals that came through their doors, yet the numbers continued to increase. For decades, the media continued to cover news about animal shelters without questioning policies, procedures, and outcomes. For decades,the public has remained uninformed about shelter policy, the numbers of animals killed, and what goes on behind closed shelter doors.
The shelters kept both the media and the public in the dark, and expected both to blindly accept what was happening. The killing was all society’s fault, and nothing could be done. They continued to try to “shock” the public, and when this tactic didn’t work they had an excuse to continue business as usual.
But things are changing.
The No Kill movement has the data and experiences of successful shelters across the nation who have stopped the needless daily killings and committed to rigorous implementation of the No Kill Equation. As an advocacy group, No Kill Maricopa County offers this information to you, the residents of this county and surrounding areas. We encourage you to read through the articles and statistics and follow the logical steps of the No Kill Equation.
Let’s pressure our government agencies to change the policies that needlessly kill our companion animals, and ultimately replace directors who continue to promote failed policies and obstruct change.
It is time for the archaic excuses to stop at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and the life saving strategies of the No Kill Equation implemented.