Two articles on shelter killing take very different approaches. Which team sounds like it’s delivering a message of hope and leaves you feeling inspired and motivated to help your community?:
According to the No Kill Equation, “Adoptions are vital to an agency’s lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management’s hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.” Let’s repeat that last sentence because it represents a phenomenal discovery, but it is also the opposite of everything that we have been taught. “Shelters can adopt their way out of killing.”
All the adoption promotions in the world will never solve the problem, said Virginia Keller, president of the Spay Neuter Action Coalition of Georgia.
“These people just don’t get it,” she said. “There will never be enough homes for all the animals that are produced at today’s rate. Never. The answer to this problem is strictly spay and neuter.”
“They think animal control is an adoption center,” Keller said. “No way. I don’t know how you get this idea across to people, unless they want to come and watch it happen.”
If you are killing thousands of healthy/treatable shelter pets a year and your animal control is “no way” an adoption center – umm, maybe it should be.