Houston, TX – No Kill Houston is an advocacy group who is working to transform Houston to a No Kill community. This is no easy task since Houston has the distinction of having 5 kill shelters that are killing approximately 80,000 shelter pets each year. There are now approximately 500 cities and town who have become No Kill communities, meaning their Open Admission pounds and shelters are saving 90% to 99% of all animals entering their doors. No Kill Houston wants this for Houston. We know that it is possible, but we need the support and advocacy of Houston animal lovers to move the No Kill goal forward in Houston.
Since Houston is a huge city of over 1 million people and is spread out over 600 square miles, it is extremely tough to try to reach all Houstonians to educate them regarding what is going on in Houston “shelters” and also educate them on how Houston can end the killing of shelter pets.
2015 is an election year for mayor and city council positions, so it is a critical time to raise awareness about how the right LEADERSHIP in Houston could make all the difference in the lives of Houston shelters pets. If we animal lovers band together, I have no doubt that we can swing the elections, and elect people who will actually work to transform Houston to a No Kill city.
No Kill Houston is currently running photo contest/fund raiser which will allow them to do more “advertising” in 2015 to reach more animal lovers. The top 13 photos with the most votes will be featured on the cover and pages of No Kill Houston’s 2015 calendar. Entering the contest is only a $5 donation and votes are a $1 each donation. If you want to make sure that your pet is shown in the calendar, you may also “Reserve a Day” meaning your pet’s picture will be shown on the day that you choose. Donations are tax deductible. Click here to go to the contest web page.
If you do not want to enter the contest, but do want to make a donation to support No Kill efforts, you can do so by clicking here. Please donate generously.
No Kill Houston is also allowing rescue groups and animal friendly businesses the opportunity to market their organizations on the pages of their calendar. The sponsor’s name, logo, website address and/or any other requested information will be listed across the bottom of a calendar page below the winning monthly photo. To sponsor one month in the calendar is only a donation of $125 for 501(c)(3)s or $225 for businesses. (Individuals may also sponsor a month at the non-profit rate).
If you are interested in this marketing/sponsorship opportunity, please email No Kill Houston at NoKillHouston@yahoo.com ASAP as the contest ends on January 1st at midnight. Calendars will be shipped out in early January and sold at various events.
BTW: If you are considering a donation to local or national animal related charity, I would strongly suggest that you do some research first. I say this as someone who has, in the past, donated to, and volunteered for, local shelters thinking they were No Kill shelters, but found out later that they were actually high kill shelters. Just because an organization may have the word “animal”, “humane”, “protection”, “ethical”, “prevention of cruelty” or “shelter” in their name does NOT mean that they are actually working to save animals. There are a lot of frauds out there, and in the past, I have been duped by some of them as well.
Houston has five kill shelters/pounds. Many people believe that the 3 limited admission “non-profit shelters” i.e Houston SPCA, Houston Humane Society and Citizens for Animals Protection (CAP) are No Kill. They are NOT. Far from it. The kill rates of these 3 facilities are as high or even higher than Houston’s high kill pound (BARC) or Harris county’s high kill pound.
I would never tell anyone to not adopt from these facilities. Obviously, the animals there need out. Their lives depend on it. However, be aware that if you send them money, that money could very well be used to buy the poisons they use to kill animals.
Perhaps do a Google search with the charity’s name & the word “kill”. You might be shocked at what you find. Or, check No Kill Houston’s site. There is a lot of information there about what these “shelters” are actually doing.
Or read this blog regarding CAP;
Or read this page about the Houston SPCA;
Or read this blog about the Houston Humane Society;
And or this page.
If you are considering donating to a national animal related charity such as HSUS, ASPCA or PETA, please do some research as well. I have personally donated my hard earned dollars to PETA and ASPCA only to find out later that they fight against everything I believe in. Not only that, they are kill shelters as well. Also, although the HSUS claims to “rescue” various animals, they actually have no shelter. And the HSUS has historically fought against No Kill efforts. They have fought hard to kill some animals such as the victims rescued from Michael Vick’s house of horrors. These organizations rake in millions of dollars in donations, but do little to nothing to actually help pets.
You can start your research about these national organizations here.
In the meantime, have some fun and enter No Kill Houston’s photo contest. Your companion may just become a 2015 calendar Pin Up! Click here to enter and vote in the contest!
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I pray that Patty Mercer has been removed from any contact or decision process for any dog after deeming 188 Pit Bulls to an unjustified death. There are many Pit Bulls who were rescued from fighting rings (such as Michael Vick’s) and rehabbed into wonderful family pets. Apparently Patty has no education nor the experience and therefore should be removed immediately from any decision process for any dog. This is a travesty. Patty should contact the Pit Bull authority Tia Marie Torres as Pit Bulls are NOT BRED TO FIGHT man inflicts pain and abuse to have them fight. By her making this unjustified statement shows her total lack of knowledge and should be ashamed of her decision to put to sleep even puppies in the total 188 dogs/pups from the fighting ring. God may forgive you for your actions, but I will not!
Pam, which Pit Bulls are you talking about? I’m sure Mercer has killed many thousands over the years.