Saturday, December 12th are the run-off elections for Mayor, City Controller and several City Council member seats. The closeness of some of the races proved that even a few votes can make a difference in who will be at city hall next year.
It is predicted that the runoff elections will have a low turnout. The animal loving community CAN make a difference in this election! PLEASE VOTE. YOU can make a difference.
No Kill Houston sent questionnaires to the candidates in the run-off elections. Candidates responses are posted on our website and were Rated from 1 to 5 based solely regarding how well their responses align with the programs and services that have been proven to stop the killing in other shelters i.e. the No Kill Equation.
Responses to No Kill Houston’s questionnaires are posted here:
Responses to Noah’s Ark PAC’s questionnaire and other publically available information were also considered when rating candidates’ responses regarding no kill objectives.
This election is critical for the 80,000+ pets who will enter Houston/Harris County shelters next year. We must elect representatives who will work to drop Houston’s appallingly high kill rate by using methods that have been PROVEN to stop the killing.
We must elect candidates who are not only compassionate to animal issues but we also need leaders who will research what is being done in other successful No Kill shelters. We do not want politicians who will propose more punitive laws that only punish pet owners (as we have seen in the recent past) and will cause kill rates to rise. This only shifts the blame of killing on the public instead of laying blame where it belongs….. on the shelters that are still killing.
We are fortunate that Houston does not have to “re-create the wheel”. There are cities all over the US and Canada, including open admission shelters, who have STOPPED THE KILLING ENTIRELY. Houston can copy their successful strategies. Our city leaders must, must become educated on the programs that have stopped the killing in other cities and they must work to put THESE programs in place in Houston. Nothing else will stop the killing.
Please review the candidates responses CAREFULLY. Pay particular attention to those candidates who propose more puntive laws such as mandatory spay/neuter laws. Houston does not need this type of legislation that will only cause kill rates to RISE.
I have listed several links below so you can become more educated on this topic yourself. I know mandatory spay/neuter laws may sound like the answer to all of our prayers, but they are not. Please become informed. The 80,000 pets who may die in Houston shelters next year are depending on us to make informed decisions.
1] L.A.’s euthanasia rates increased 31% following their passage of mandatory spay / neuter law:
2] When it comes to spay/neuter, income tells the story:
3] Mandatory Spay/Neuter Success? Not Remotely:
4] The Best Animal Control Program in North America
5] Mandatory Spay/Neuter Fails:
6] Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws -A Failure Everywhere:
7] Forced Spay-Neuter laws don’t save lives or tax payer money
8] Forced Spay/Neuter update – Shifting the Costs of Killing: