If preaching spay-neuter was the proven way to end the needless killing of pets in America’s pounds, I’d say the “Friends” are on to something here. But since we know the programs of the No Kill Equation (one of which is access to no/low cost spay-neuter) are the only methods proven to end the killing, I call foul.
By implementing the No Kill Equation, Memphis could become a no kill community within months, just like Austin, TX. This is why I support implementing the programs of the No Kill Equation in Memphis – because I want the killing of healthy/treatable pets to end this year.
But let’s look at the proposed goal as stated above as if it could work. I don’t think it would, but for the sake of argument, let’s do the math. (Math wonks note: I rounded by numbers.) MAS took in about 15,400 pets and killed about 12,000 of them in 2010. That’s a kill rate of 77%. If we reduce the number of pets killed each year by 10%, assuming for a moment that intake rates remain steady (which I don’t believe will hold true due to the MSN in Memphis which typically results in increased intakes), here are the numbers:
2011: Take in 15,400 pets, kill 10,300 of them – 67% kill rate
2012: Take in 15,400 pets, kill 8800 of them – 57% kill rate
2013: Take in 15,400 pets, kill 7200 of them – 47% kill rate
2014: Take in 15,400 pets, kill 5700 of them – 37% kill rate
2015: Take in 15,400 pets, kill 4200 of them – 27% kill rate
2016: Take in 15,400 pets, kill 2600 of them – 17% kill rate
2017: Take in 15,400 pets, kill 1100 of them – 7% kill rate
If we add up the total number of pets killed in the proposed goal from 2011 through 2016 (2017 is when MAS would hit no kill numbers), it comes to nearly 39,000 pets. Are you on board with this goal? Do you want Memphis to strive to kill 39,000 more pets before they reach no kill? I’ll be voting NO on that one.
Further, the “Friends” state that they know they can’t “adopt our way out” of killing. Again I say, if the “Friends” can’t/won’t do it, let’s get some people in there who can and will. Here are 10 steps to adopting your way out of killing. Note that Step 1 is “Get the Right People on Board”.
Why would any compassionate person who wants to save pets aim for a goal that involves so much killing, using an unproven method that has never ended the killing of healthy/treatable pets anywhere, ever? As my fellow blogger Brent Toellner puts it: Success is available to you. What have you got to lose?