Companion Animal Protection Act
In a national survey, 96% of Americans--almost every single person--said we have a moral
obligation to protect animals and that we should have strong laws to do so. CAPA
mandates the programs and services which have proven so successful at lifesaving in
shelters which have implemented them; follows the only model that has actually created a
No Kill community; and, focuses its effort on the very shelters that are doing the killing. As
a result, it provides a framework for success unavailable from traditional legislative models
such as punitive legislation aimed at the public or through counterproductive national efforts
that legitimize the killing.
CAPA saves lives!
CAPA saves taxpayer money!
CAPA mandates collaboration!
CAPA protects public health & safety!
CAPA is good bipartisan legislation popular with voters!
For No Kill success to be widespread and long
lasting, we must focus on institutionalizing No
Kill by giving shelter animals the rights and
protections afforded by law.
Every successful social movement results in
legal protections that codify expected conduct
and provide protection against future conduct
that violates normative values.
We need to regulate shelters in the same way
we regulate hospitals and other agencies which
hold the power over life and death. The answer
lies in passing and enforcing shelter reform
legislation which mandates how a shelter must
For our CAPA brochure, click here.
For our Rescue Access brochure, click here.
For our Legislative Guide, click here.
For our Advocacy Guide, click here.
For the full version of CAPA, click here.
For a modified version of CAPA, click here.
For rescue access legislation only, click here.
A Three-Part Strategy for Change: