Shelter Director Challenges Other Shelters to Go No-Kill

Thanks to Donna B. and Gizmo the Great for barking in this challenging post by Martha Leary that was posted on the Animal Law Coalition...

Joy  |  Feb 21st 2008


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Thanks to Donna B. and Gizmo the Great for barking in this challenging post by Martha Leary that was posted on the Animal Law Coalition blog.

Just Stop Killing: One Shelter Director’s Solution
Posted Feb 18, 2008 by laura allen

I [have] read [Nathan Winograd’s book,] Redemption.

I spent almost a year as the director of the local so called “humane” society in Wooster, Ohio. I came into a high kill shelter and in one month stopped all the killing of dogs and ran a no kill for space county shelter (taking all the stray dogs) with a daily average of 38 dogs in the kennel. (The kennel is designed to hold 50+ dogs.)

It was much easier than I ever would have thought.

There is only one “product” in a shelter and they were killing it. What kind of business dumps their product into a plastic bag?? I decided that I was not killing any dog that didn’t have behavior problems that were unsafe to the public. That meant that only a very, very small percentage of dogs were not placed. Even the sickest, inoperable dogs were placed in loving homes to live out their lives.

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