Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America

Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America

Language: English

Pages: 280

ISBN: 0979074312

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Redemption is the story of animal sheltering in the United States, a movement that was born of compassion and then lost its way. It is the story of the 'No Kill' movement, which says we can and must stop the killing. But most of all, it is a story about believing in the community and trusting in the power of compassion.

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Resurgent focus on lifesaving, helping to significantly lower the county shelter’s death rate.While still killing over 12,000 dogs and cats per year as of 2005, the county shelter has begun moving in a more positive direction. * The Humane Society of the United States is the largest and wealthiest humane agency in the world. In 2006 alone, its operating budget was 103 million dollars. * In 1995, Shelter Sense became Animal Sheltering magazine. * HSUS took this position five years after.

Ideal that an SPCA should be a tool for lifesaving, not killing. If a city chose to round up and kill dogs and cats, it was not the SPCA’s job to do it for them. Instead, like the ASPCA of Bergh’s day, Avanzino’s SPCA would provide oversight to make sure that killing was done as humanely as possible,while using its resources and advocacy efforts to reduce it as much as possible. Consequently, the “animal control” functions Avanzino saw as antithetical to the mission of an organization dedicated.

Dogs and cats, motherless neonatal kittens, and feral cats would continue to be killed in the city.True, the SPCA was still saving over 2,000 dogs and cats from the city pound annually, but the dream of a truly No Kill San Francisco was left in abeyance. In late 1998, nonetheless, Avanzino left the San Francisco SPCA with a strong infrastructure, departments that had become the envy of the growing No Kill movement, and a fundraising apparatus that had amassed an endowment of over forty million.

More fear and pain when they realize they cannot. They often urinate and defecate on themselves, unsure of what is occurring. Often the head is held hard to the ground or against the wall so that another staff member can enter the kennel and inject him with a sedative. While the catch-pole is left tied around the neck, the dog struggles to maintain his balance, dragging the pole, until he slumps to the ground. Slowly—fearful, often soiled in his own waste, confused—he tries to stand, but his legs.

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