Groups & Advocates

1_0001A three-part strategy for change:

1. Leadership
2. Political Advocacy
3. Legislaton

A four-step guide to legislation:

1. Gather your facts and prepare
2. Modify CAPA as needed
3. Find a legislative sponsor
4. Navigate through the legislature

Nationwide reform requires three things: 1. New leadership in shelters; 2. Political advocacy at the local level; and, 3. Legislation to require shelters to operate humanely.

Additional Resources:

In 1998, California passed a rescue access law making it illegal for shelters to kill animals if rescue groups were willing to save them. The law has been an unqualified success. For an analysis of the law. That law has also resulted in significant taxpayer savings for municipalities.

A NYS survey showed that 71% of rescue groups have been turned away by a NYS shelter and killed the very animals they offer to save. The survey also showed that half have been the subject of retaliation for exposing neglect and abuse in shelters.

Communities that embrace No Kill not only save on the cost of killing and bring in additional adoption revenue and other user fees, but also provide an economic boon to local business. To read “Dollars & Sense: The Economic Benefit of No Kill Animal Control,”.

No Kill 101. For our primer on the No Kill philosophy.