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The Difference Between No Kill Nation & Other Animal Advocacy Groups

Posted on February 22, 2011 by Hannah Sentenac

When it comes to animal advocacy, sadly, not all organizations are in it for the best interest of the animals they claim to protect, and it’s important that compassionate Americans know who’s who. Too many groups have become wealthy & powerful by preying on the empathy and altruism of Americans, while sweeping the truth about their policies and practices under the rug.

It turns out that many fans of No Kill Nation on Facebook are also fans of the Humane Society of the US, the ASPCA and/or PETA. On the surface that might seem logical, since all organizations revolve around animal welfare, but the reality is, the philosophy that guides No Kill Nation couldn’t differ more from the philosophy these other groups subscribe to.

Many Americans believe (as I once did), that the HSUS, the ASPCA and PETA are working to save the lives of animals. Many believe that the hard-earned money they donate in response to the heartbreaking TV commercials and fundraising campaigns goes directly to the causes these organizations promote. Many believe that these groups are the biggest proponents for No Kill policies. Unfortunately, all of these statements are patently false.

What’s the difference between No Kill Nation and these other organizations? The main difference is a fundamental belief that a No Kill Nation is possible. These other organizations, despite the message they publicly promote, do NOT believe in the concept of No Kill, and in fact they work against it. They advocate killing, and they often espouse the idea that companion animals are “better off dead” than to be in the hands of humans. This comes from a deep-seated belief that human beings are bad – not to be trusted, and will abuse and neglect animals given the opportunity. In the end, this mentality serves to punish the animals, and leads to millions of unnecessary deaths. In truth, most people love animals, and will treat them with kindness and love, given the opportunity and the education.

We are a nation that spends more than $40 billion on our pets annually. It’s a very small percentage that are abusive or neglectful. Unfortunately, many on the front lines of animal rescue see so many horror stories involving animals (due to the time they spend at the local shelters), that they become angry & resentful towards other human beings. Falling prey to these beliefs is the worst possible scenario for the animals.

Instead of killing animals because we believe that human beings can’t be trusted, we should be praising the responsible pet owners, encouraging people to adopt, and educating them on how to properly care for their pets. This way, both animals and people benefit.

The HSUS, the ASPCA and PETA are fundamentally opposed to what No Kill Nation is working to do, which is to implement the proven No Kill Equation (an 11-step set of programs and policies for shelters) and create No Kill communities across the country. This is happening in communities across the country, and it’s possible everywhere. Anyone who tells you differently is either misinformed, a proponent of the status quo of killing, or brainwashed to believe otherwise. Personally, I used to be brainwashed, and believed that killing was necessary due to “a lack of resources” and “too many animals, not enough homes”. Both are nothing more than myths – the myth of overpopulation, and the myth that money = lives saved. Statistically, there are 17 million people in the US looking for new pets annually, who could be convinced to adopt, and 3-4 million that die in shelters – that’s far more than enough homes. Additionally, the No Kill Equation can be implemented within, and often under budget – so don’t let a shelter administrator tell you that MONEY is the key to life-saving.

These myths have persisted for decades, and their continued power is why the HSUS, ASPCA and PETA take in hundreds of millions of dollars per year from compassionate Americans. When the public gains widespread awareness about where their dollars are going, and realizes that the status quo isn’t working, that animals are dying needlessly and that there IS another way, these groups will have to evolve or die. There’s no room for the acceptance and advocacy of killing. A No Kill Nation is where we’re headed, and we will arrive.

If you want to learn more about No Kill Nation, please visit the Facebook page (which just hit 100,000+ fans!) and don’t hesitate to post questions. I definitely encourage you to read further about the policies & actions of the HSUS, ASPCA and PETA. Nathan Winograd has some terrific blog posts on the topic.

If you love companion animals, if you believe that every life is precious and that every saveable animal deserves to live, than the HSUS, the ASPCA and PETA are NOT on your side … but No Kill Nation is.

h/t to: Save Shelter Pets

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Shelter (noun): Something that affords protection; a refuge, a haven… instead U.S. animal shelters are inhumane death camps… in many instances!

Webcam Screenshots from Memphis Animal Services, Posted April 30, 2011

Puppy to kill room – one hand on one foreleg.

Workers allow this pregnant dog to be dragged to the kennel in which they are placing a whelping box.

No seriously lady – that cage is way too small for me.

Do…not…want.

A mama dog is taken from her kennel on a chokepole.

Her pups are taken to the kill room.

Inhumane handling of puppy.

This dog is too big for this small cage.

A beautiful GSD comes into the shelter.


A worker puts the GSD on a chokepole.

The GSD is taken directly to the kill room.

This was the last shot of the GSD visible on the webcams.

In the background of this shot, a worker appears to be taking something out of a small cage.

It appears to be a dead black dog.

The business of killing continues while the black dog lies there on the floor.

Check out the dead dog.


So busy…

Everybody just leaves and the dead dog is still on the floor.

And sadly this is by far not the worst or even close to it!!  But in reality no animals ever need to be mistreated and no healthy dogs, cats, or other pets need or should be euthanized.  The pet over-population factor is a myth that we all have been fed!!  We need to stop the killing!!  Please join the “NO KILL MOVEMENT”

Source:  SeaBiscuit

Be sure to check out:  The Earth is Flat, Pet Over-Population Exists and Other Myths We’ve Been Told  and get Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America.  It is now available as an e-book for your Nook, iPad, Kindle, or other e-reader, click here. You can purchase it on iTunes or the B&N Nook store.  To purchase it as a regular print book, click hereIrreconcilable Differences, the follow-up to Redemption is also available.

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Redemption Now Available as an E-Book!

Redemption Now Available as an E-Book!

May 2, 2011 by  Nathan J. Winograd

Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America is now available as an e-book for your Nook, iPad, Kindle, or other e-reader. You can purchase it on iTunes or the B&N Nook store.

Now when someone challenges you on No Kill, the myth of pet overpopulation, why the cages are empty, PETA’s reign of terror, why feral cats have a right to live, whether we can adopt our way out of killing, the hows, whens, and whys of transport programs, saving pit bulls, and more, you’ll have it all at your fingertips.

Redemption is called “powerful and inspirational,” “ground-breaking,” and “a must read for anyone who cares about animals.” Winner of USA Book News Award for Best Book (Animals/Pets), a Best Book Muse Medallion winner by the Cat Writers Association of America, a Best Book nominee by the Dog Writers Association of America and winner of a Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, the book shatters the notion that killing animals in U.S. shelters is an act of kindness.

To purchase the e-book of Redemption for your B&N Nook, iPad, etc., click here. (You can also purchase on iTunes.)

To purchase it as a regular print book, click here.

Redemption for your Kindle is available by clicking here.

You can also purchase Irreconcilable Differences, the follow-up to Redemption, as a print or e-book. Learn more by clicking here.

Source: Nathan J. Winograd  Cross-Posted at Just One More Pet

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The earth is flat, pet overpopulation exists and other myths we’ve been told

For years, most people in the United States have been told that that there are “too many pets and not enough homes”.  We have been told that there is a pet “overpopulation” problem.  We have been told that the reason that America’s animal shelters are killing millions of pets every year is because of this “overpopulation”.   We’ve heard this over and over and we have accepted this as truth without question.

Until a few years ago, I too believed that there was a pet overpopulation problem.  After all, I have seen the large numbers of animals at shelters, and who would believe that an animal shelter would kill thousands of animals every year if there actually were enough homes for all of them?  The caring and rational people who work at animal shelters would not do such a thing……. would they?

The truth is that pet “overpopulation” is actually a myth.  It does not exist.  I know this sounds heretical to many people especially to those who have fostered many animals, or to the people who watch animals being killed by the thousands at shelters every year. The first time that I read that pet overpopulation was a myth on a book cover, I thought it was crazy.  I am sure that people felt the same way the first time someone suggested that the earth might actually be round, not flat.  It is hard to change our belief system when we’ve been taught one thing our entire lives.  But, people finally realized that the earth really was not flat after all, that people were not sailing off the edge of the earth and people will soon realize that pet overpopulation is a myth as well.

But, let’s look at the numbers to make some sense of what the true facts are.   According to a national study done by Maddie’s Fund and the Humane Society of the United States, 23.5 million people in the US will get a new pet each year.  Some of those people have already decided where they will get that pet i.e.  they will adopt from a shelter, go to a breeder or get a pet from free to good home ad etc.   However, 17 million of those people have not yet decided where they will get their new pet.  So these “undecideds” are the homes that are up for grabs.  These 17 million people could be convinced to adopt.*

Today, between 3 and 4 million animals are being killed in “shelters”.   So it’s pretty clear that the “demand” for pets each year (17 million) far outnumbers the “supply” of animals being killed in shelters (3-4 million).

And the supply of adoptable shelter pets each year is actually even less because a large portion of that 3-4 million being killed are actually lost pets that should be reunited with their owners.   For example, Washoe Co., NV animal control returns 65% of pets to their owners.  Conversely, most shelters in the US average a return of only about 5%.  If Houston’s animal control i.e. BARC would utilized the same Return to Owner program as Washoe Co. with the same success, it would save the lives 8,100 more animals every year; that’s 8,100 animals that BARC would not need to adopt out or put in foster care and 8,100 empty kennels for the animals that truly are homeless.  It is also a savings of $972,000 every year which could then be directed to programs like free spay/neuter or a Help Desk to keep animals from being relinquished by their owners.

In addition, that 3-4 million “supply” could be further reduced if all shelters TNR’d (trap, neuter, released) feral cats instead of killing all of them, as many shelters do.

That 3-4 million “supply” could be reduced further still if shelters had pet retention programs that kept many of those animals out of the shelter in the first place, as mentioned above.

So we can see that adopting out all animals entering shelters is doable.  And the fact is that it is already being done in many communities.  If pet overpopulation really existed, there would be no open admission, No Kill shelters.  They could not exist. But, they do exist.

So let’s break these numbers down and get a perspective on what it means for Houston.

According to the U.S. census, there are 310,895,000+ people in the U.S.  As we discussed above, 17 million people who will get a new pet each year, have not yet decided where they will get that pet.  Those “undecided” new pet owners equal about 5.4% of the U.S. population.

The latest census shows that Houston has just under 2.2 million people.  The “undecided” new pet owners in Houston would equal about 118,800 people.  That is 118,800 people who could be convinced to adopt their next pet.

We also know that approximately 80,000 pets are being killed in Houston’s five kill shelters each year.   Again, we can see that the “demand” for pets by the “undecideds” in Houston (118,800) far outnumbers the “supply” of pets being killed in Houston’s shelters (80,000).

This means that there is no pet “overpopulation”.  It just means that the 80,000 pets being killed in Houston shelters each year could be saved if they were better introduced to the people who would be willing to adopt them.

And the numbers above are a worst case scenario because again this does not take into consideration the feral cats that should be TNR’d; it doesn’t take into consideration the number of pets that “should” be returned to their owners but who are not (see above); it does not take into consideration the number of animals that could be kept out of the shelter entirely with a proactive “help desk”.

I’m not saying that there aren’t a lot of pets entering Houston’s shelters each year.  Of course there are.  And I’m not saying that there aren’t irresponsible people in Houston.  Of course there are.  I am saying that just because 80,000 pets are being killed in Houston shelters each year does not equate to “too many pets and not enough homes”.  The numbers prove that this is false.  It is myth and propaganda perpetuated by kill shelters.

I’m also not saying it is easy to save all healthy and treatable pets entering shelters.  To the contrary, it is hard work.  But therein lies the true heart of problem ….. saving all healthy and treatable pets is hard work and most shelter directors in the U.S. still refuse to do everything necessary to save them.  Continuing on the same path of “save a few and kill the rest” is easier.  Continuing to blame the public for pet “overpopulation” is easier.

So while I will admit there is an overpopulation problem, it is not a pet overpopulation problem.  The problem is an overpopulation of ineffective shelter directors who refuse to join the 21st century and put into place the programs and services that we know will save all healthy and treatable pets.

That overpopulation problem could be solved fairly quickly…. with a pink slip.

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Source: Bett Sundermeyer – Houston Examiner  – Reposted:  Just One More Pet

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Grave Risks From So Many Stray Dogs and Cats

Dog taking care of her puppies

The United States has made remarkable advances in the pet overpopulation problem over the past 20 years. Yet animals are still euthanized every day in shelters.

The Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, an organization dedicated to the humane control of dog and cat populations worldwide, wants to put an end to this.

The benefits of nonsurgical sterilization would extend beyond the stray, feral and homeless animal population, to saving human lives in countries that haven’t even begun to tackle the dog and cat overpopulation problem.

By linking nonsurgical sterilization of animals to saving human lives in developing countries, animal lives will be saved there as well.

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There is a homeless small animal problem, not just here in the U.S., but in every country on earth.

This is a tragic situation measured only in part by the four million cats and dogs euthanized every year in U.S. shelters.

It’s estimated there are tens of millions of feral cats in this country alone. In other countries, exploding populations of feral dogs are the problem – for example, there are an estimated 30 million unowned dogs in India.

The Problems Posed by Too Many Homeless Animals

Free-roaming cats and dogs present a number of health problems, among them:

  • They are a health threat to people and pets. Rabid dogs are the number one cause of rabies deaths in humans. Over 20,000 people die of rabies in India every year, many of them children, and the vast majority contract the disease from dog bites.
  • They negatively impact the environment and animals in the wild.
  • Their welfare is at risk. One study showed that over half of homeless kittens are killed by either a dog or an automobile before they reach six months of age.

Clearly, dog and cat overpopulation is a situation the world needs to get its arms around. As custodians of the planet, it is our responsibility to alleviate the suffering and other risks associated with this massive and growing problem.

An Urgent Need for Spay/Neuter Alternatives

Spaying and neutering is a more viable option in some areas of the world than others.

Surgical sterilization requires a medical facility and equipment, anesthesia, recovery time in a safe, protected environment, and the services of a trained veterinarian.

These resources aren’t readily available for the human population of many countries, much less homeless animals.

Even here in the U.S. where spaying and neutering resources are in ample supply, the cost can be prohibitive for individual pet owners as well as animal organizations tasked with sterilizing hundreds, thousands or even millions of unowned cats and dogs each year.

The feral population poses its own unique challenges. These dogs and cats must be trapped, sterilized and released, because in most cases there’s nowhere to house them during the recovery period. In addition, follow-up care to remove surgical stitches isn’t feasible.

Due to the size of the homeless animal population throughout the world and the lack of resources in many areas to perform the surgery or provide aftercare, alternatives to spaying and neutering are desperately needed to control the rate of reproduction and ultimately, to save lives.

Nonsurgical Contraception

According to the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, an ideal nonsurgical form of contraception would be:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Affordable
  • Permanent
  • Delivered in a single injection or treatment
  • Available for dogs and cats of both sexes

Current research and development of nonsurgical contraceptive products falls into two main categories: contraceptive drugs and chemicals, and immunocontraception.

The first group includes implants, injections and chemicals that interfere with the reproductive hormonal milieu or the activity of the gonads.

Immunocontraception agents are vaccines designed to produce antibodies to suppress normal reproductive function.

Comparison of Nonsurgical Contraceptive Products

Nonsurgical Contraceptive Products Comparison

As you can see from the table above, only chemical castration currently meets a majority of the criteria set forth by the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs.

Availability of Nonsurgical Alternatives

  • Gonazon and Suprelorin, which are delivered through implants, are available in some countries in Europe. Suprelorin has also been approved for use in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Acyline and VCD are still under development.
  • There are two chemical castration products in existence: Neutersol and an identical formulation called EsterilSol, which became available in Brazil about a year ago. Both products are delivered by injection.
  • Neutersol is the only nonsurgical contraceptive product approved for use in the U.S. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been available here since 2005, when the patent holder and marketer severed their business relationship.
  • All immunocontraception vaccines are still under development.

Are These Drugs Safe?

In the case of Gonazon and Suprelorin, no negative short term (one to two year) health consequences have been noted.

Short term side effects noted for Neutersol (the chemical castration product) include some pain immediately following injection, ulcers at the injection site which were resolved by changing the injection technique, and more severe reactions at the injection site, some requiring surgery.

Long term side effects of nonsurgical contraceptive products on the health of dogs and cats are unknown at this time, but there will undoubtedly be some. It’s not possible to fool Mother Nature in such a significant way without consequences.

I am not advocating these drugs. However, when you consider the alternative, which is to allow the uncontrolled breeding of hundreds of millions of homeless dogs and cats to continue, it’s easier to defend the risks involved in a nonsurgical medical intervention that can help save the lives of millions of animals, as well as people, across the world.

If You Have a Dog or Cat in Need of Contraception

If you live in the U.S. or other countries where access to pet care is plentiful and owned dogs and cats are treated as beloved members of the family, you have a number of options to choose from in controlling your pet’s reproduction.

For example:

  • You can choose to spay or neuter your pet as a puppy.
  • You can plan the surgery based on your pet’s level of development.
  • You can discuss the feasibility of alternative surgeries with your veterinarian, such as tubal ligation or vasectomy.
  • You can even choose to leave your pet intact, since as a responsible pet owner who is providing your dog or cat a forever home, you are committed to preventing any situation in which your pet would have an opportunity to breed

For a discussion of the risks and benefits of a variety of surgical sterilization techniques, you can read here.
Again….I am not recommending these drugs, simply bringing it to your attention that we have a major overpopulation issue around the world, with no current viable solutions.

Source:  Dr. Karen Becker

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ASPCA Asks Court to Direct Helmsley Money Back to Dogs

ASPCA Asks Court to Direct Helmsley Money Back to Dogs

The ASPCA, along with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Maddie’s Fund, filed suit this week in New York Surrogate’s Court to intervene in the matter of the late Leona Helmsley’s $5 billion estate. The suit seeks to overturn an earlier ruling that allows the Helmsley Trustees—those responsible for issuing charitable grants from the estate—to disregard Mrs. Helmsley’s specific instructions that her wealth be used to help dogs.

“Just a fraction of the money involved in Mrs. Helmsley’s estate is a game-changer for animal welfare,” says Marsha Perelman, ASPCA Board Chair. “The fate of dogs in this country could very well rest on the decision of this lawsuit—it is that critical.”

No nonprofit groups involved with animal welfare were contacted or given an opportunity to register formal objections prior to the court’s controversial ruling last fall. As a result of that ruling, and in clear violation of Mrs. Helmsley’s wishes, less than 0.1% the trust’s initial round of grants was allocated to dog welfare-related charities.

“Dog fighting, puppy mills, pet homelessness and overpopulation are not $100,000 problems. But they’re not billion-dollar problems, either,” says Ed Sayres, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “Mrs. Helmsley understood the importance of animal welfare. She wanted her worldly estate to make our society better for dogs and animals—and if distributed as she intended, it definitely has the power to do so.”

This case has larger implications beyond the fate of the Helmsley estate. The three organizations believe that the court system has a responsibility to protect the wishes of any decedent, and also to protect the charity world from the whims of trustees who wish to ignore estate planning instructions. The misdirection of the Helmsley fortune should be of interest to everyone who hopes to provide for beloved pets after death, as well as to the multitude of organizations, from nonprofits to universities, that rely on bequests.

The groups involved in the lawsuit are not seeking grants for themselves, but do hope to work with the Helmsley Trustees in an advisory capacity to award grants to animal welfare groups of various size and scope around the country. “There has been a sea change in recent years in how we treat animals. It’s a shame that the Helmsley Trustees don’t understand or respect that change,” says Sayres.

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