Houston, TX – I am continually perplexed and saddened by people who continue to say that No Kill is not possible or can’t be done, despite the fact that it IS already being done. And it is being done not by just one Open Admission shelter and not just by two….. there are now over one hundred Open Admission, No Kill shelters which represents about 500 cities and towns.
How can people continue to claim that “it can’t be done” when it already IS being done?
From the creation of the very first No Kill community in San Francisco, there were naysayers who made up excuses why it couldn’t be done. They said it can’t be done because “there are too many gay people in San Francisco”. When the San Francisco SPCA started proving them wrong, the naysayers then said it is being done in San Francisco “because” of the large gay population and because “San Francisco is “surrounded by water” —- but it can’t be done in other communities.
Nearly 2 decades later, hundreds of communities are proving these excuses are absolutely false. These excuses have no basis in reality. I’m sure there were naysayers in every single one of those No Kill communities who said that “No Kill can’t be done here”…… until someone else did it and proved them wrong. [I’m sure glad that No Kill advocates in all of those communities did not listen to the naysayers and kept on pushing for No Kill in their communities.]
Even the HSUS and ASPCA have FINALLY admitted what the HSUS/Maddie’s Fund study showed 5 YEARS ago…. that “pet overpopulation” does not exist. There ARE enough homes for the number of pets being killed in “shelters” and pounds; in fact, the number of homes that will get a new pet each year far exceeds the number of pets being killed in “shelters” each year by many million.
We can create Open Admission, No Kill pounds and shelters in every community and we can end shelter killing once and for all. It CAN be done.
The true problem is an overpopulation of shelter directors who refuse to do their jobs and implement the programs that will end shelter killing. That is the reason that shelter killing still exists. That overpopulation problem could be solved fairly quickly…. with pink slips.
Still, nearly every day I hear or read that “No Kill can’t be done in my community because“:
- “there are too many irresponsible people”; or
- “too many people don’t spay/neuter”; or
- “we have too many pets of a X, Y or Z breed”; or
- “our city is different from everyone else”; or
- “other cities are more progressive”; or
- “our city is too small”; or
- “our city is too big”; or
- “our community is surrounded by swamp land”.
These are all excuses that I have heard people use an excuse why certain shelters or communities can’t stop killing shelter pets.
These excuses are all demonstrably false.
What is perplexing and very sad is that instead of saying “I’m going to study what all of those communities have done to stop killing shelter pets and then I’m going advocate for the implementation of those same programs in my community”, those people just keep claiming that “it can’t be done here”.
It is crazy when you think about it.
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