I've been harping on lately about Homeward Bound City Pound - and how I'm worried that even though they're saying that they're "no kill" - they might not actually be what the current no kill philosophy defines as "no kill".
Today I read a super-duper fantabulous must-read blog post from one of the leading "no-kill" leaders in the movement today - Ryan Clinton - his bio reads as "Ryan is a writer, appellate attorney, and civic advocate with a passion for saving lost and homeless dogs and cats. In 2005, Ryan founded FixAustin.org with the goal of ending the unnecessary killing of sheltered animals at Austin's Town Lake Animal Center." Enuf said.
In his blog post posted today titled "What No kill means" - he says that no kill must include things like -
Bottle baby programs for preemie kittens - HELLO! Has anyone heard of Inge Sadler and Pick of the Litter? Nova Scotia would be a much poorer place without that one woman preemie saving machine. That lady is a SAINT! Thank kitten for her - and the SPCA works very closely with her. I can only pray that Homeward Bound does too.
Innovative and cost-effective parvovirus treatments that save 90% or more of puppies diagnosed with or exposed to the virus in shelters.
I know that this is something that a LOT of shelters have a lot of work to do to succeed at, that's for sure. This is definitely a work in progress - and it includes STOPPING OVERVACCINATING.
Improved and welcoming customer service that treats every person who enters a shelter as a potential adopter, volunteer, foster parent, and donor.
Reducing shelter intake by helping solve routine behavioral and medical problems encountered by pet owners considering surrendering their dogs or cats.
He goes on with a lot of other great things of what no kill means - its a very timely blog post.
You should go read it.