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  1. Back in August 2013, I contacted YesBiscuit! about a shelter in Canon City Colorado. It wasn’t a pretty story, you can see it here:

    But, the world has changed in just one month through the leadership of a hardworking compassionate director that has led them to become a lifesaving organization. Doug Rae walked into a pan leuk outbreak in his first month because of poor practices before he arrived. A few short months ago, all these cats would have been summarily cured with poison. Instead, Doug, his staff an volunteers set out to save everyone. They didn’t save them all, but they did what good shelters do, they strove to save lives If not for that outbreak, he achieved a 90% save rate OVERNIGHT (MORK – Minus Owner Requested Kills). In a shelter that was killing half of all the cats and almost as many dogs for decades, its a remarkable feat.

    Somehow since he got there, the “irresponsible public” oddly is running in the front doors to help, organization that were opposing the shelter bought equipment, staff are accountable, sick animals are treated with medicine and surgery (other than FatalPlus or heartstick), and individuals and organizations stepped up to empty cages when the shelter was full.

    This is a shelter worth watching. Share their FB page with them. Doug Rae may just make the Humane Society of Fremont County the best shelter in Colorado in 2015.

  2. Karen F

     /  November 15, 2014

    It was so disappointing to read this story about renters being charged extra each month for having pets. Landlords do this because they can.

  3. Arlene

     /  November 16, 2014

    There seems to be a great increase of the number of dogs shot by police. The majority of those dogs are pit bulls. I have been concerned with this subject and the lack of training for dealing with dogs by cops. There is a very good video to view about this subject.

    • Doris

       /  November 17, 2014

      Police shoot dogs because they want to, and they get by with it. If seems to me that police *have been* trained in dealing with dogs. Unfortunately, the training supports killing the dog. Let’s face it, not all police officers are good people. Some have no business in law enforcement period! There are those who hate other people’s dogs, and they get a high from killing the animal. It’s extremely serious business when the dangerous predator is a police officer, and it’s a joke when the matter is handled by “Internal affairs.”

  4. If your eyes need a break, here’s something to listen to that seems like it might be interesting:

    Your cat that cuddles up to you might just as soon hunt you.

  5. The importance of checking the pound in person (and the damage a crappy photo/description can do)-

    • Thanks – this is one of the best reasons I have seen for going every day to the local shelter if you have lost a dog or cat. Some places don’t even take photos, even deceiving ones. Hope our new director sees the value and will make that change.

  6. Clarice

     /  November 19, 2014

    FREE TO GOOD HOME: Two books by No Kill Advocacy Center director Nathan Winograd are available for free download until Friday.

    Redemption is available here:

    Irreconcilable Differences is available here:

    You do not need a Kindle to download them. You can read them on any computer, smartphone, or e-reader if you first download the free kindle reading App from Amazon:

  7. Are there any No Kill advocates out there who are trying to reform high-kill taxpayer-funded animal shelters that are run via contract by 501c3 humane societies? I’m curious what your experiences and lessons learned are. Thanks!



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