For Groups & Advocates
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.
For information on leadership, click here.
For information on political advocacy, click here.
For our four-step guide to passing the Companion Animal Protection Act in your state, click here.
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, click here. That law has also resulted in significant taxpayer savings for
municipalities. For an analysis, click here.
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. For an analysis, click here.
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," click here.
No Kill 101. For our primer on the No Kill philosophy, click here.
For additional resources, click here.
A three-part strategy for change:
2. Political Advocacy
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
A Three-Part Strategy for Change:
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.