Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | May 15, 2008

Some thoughts on the “no-kill” animal debate – READ AT NEW LOCATION

What No-Kill Advocates Need to Do for Maximum ImpactWhat No-Kill Advocates Need to Do for Maximum Impact


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  1. Very nice write up on this issue and good points.

    There are no-kill shelters that take in all animals brought to them. You can find more info about them here: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/

    It does take a whole community to care enough to make no-kill shelters work well. And you are right, steps must be taken to prevent the births of so many unwanted animals. This is one of the most needed steps.

    I am so glad you are employing the no-kill subject and sharing your thoughts online.

    Wishing you and your pets the best. — Joni

  2. Thanks, Joni. Hopefully more people will start to make the effort to work together.

  3. I think you would really benefit from a book I am reading. “Disposable Animals:Ending The Tragedy Of Throwaway Pets” by Craig Brestrup.

    Many animals as well as people that society gives up on are very capable at living long and happy lives with the right care. When an animal is taken into a family as a companion we as humans tend to want them to just understand and do things our way. We domesticated them, took them out of what was natural and now KILL them (1 every 6 seconds) in our shelters. It is so sad. I don’t understand why anyone who claims to love dogs or cats would want them to live outside…this is a bit odd. I love my Mother and she can be a bit hard to deal with but should I keep her outside when she comes over to visit? Love is unconditional regardless, we should all practice this more often to animals and each other. Thanks for the thoughtful post on the issue.

    • Hi Dallas

      “I think you would really benefit from a book I am reading. “Disposable Animals:Ending The Tragedy Of Throwaway Pets” by Craig Brestrup.”
      I’ll have to check that out. Is it available through Amazon & other booksellers?

      “We domesticated them, took them out of what was natural and now KILL them (1 every 6 seconds) in our shelters. It is so sad.”
      It really is, especially since this would be preventable if people would be more responsible.
      “I don’t understand why anyone who claims to love dogs or cats would want them to live outside…this is a bit odd.”
      Mainly, my concern was with rescue groups establishing blanket policies that may rule out possibly good homes. Each animal is an individual, as are family circumstances. There are good outside homes and bad inside ones, and vice versa. That’s why I think the most important part of placing an animal is having a rescue volunteer check out the prospective home themselves.
      In the case of some feral cats that are too “wild” to be pets, attempting to make them into indoor cats can be more stressful for both the cat and the caretaker. Barn cat rescue groups help a lot of cats in these situations that might otherwise be euthanised.
      “Thanks for the thoughtful post on the issue.”
      You’re most welcome. Thank you for posting!

  4. Dallas, with all due respect, I must take issue with your comparison between a pet and someone’s mother. Animals are distinctly different from our human family members, it’s animal rightist propaganda that’s blurred the distinction. A person can care for an animal but decide that an outdoor situation is best. Maybe you’ve never known any good outside pet owners?

    The problem is, a lot of peeps who live outside of the South and other warmer aren’t accustomed to seeing well-taken care of outside pets. Combine that with animal rights literature that villifies outside dog owners and no wonder people think it’s a type of abuse. The bottom line is that AR extremists want to find all the ways they can to make pet ownership difficult. As a person concerned about animals, please don’t fall into their trap. Thanks for listening.


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