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Animal Shelters That Kill, Are NOT “Shelters”

Shelter: To protect from harm, to provide refuge, a safe haven

The first time many animals experience neglect and abuse is at the very shelter that is supposed to protect them from it. Our shelters are in crisis. Why? Killing is an act of violence. And not only do people in shelters work at a very place that commits this violence, they have, in fact, been hired to do exactly that. Can we really be surprised when they dont clean thoroughly, dont feed the animals, handle them too roughly, neglect and abuse them, or simply ignore their cries for help? How does shoddy cleaning or rough handling or skipping meals compare with putting an animal to death? Because shelter workers understand that they have the power to kill each and every one of these animals, and will in fact kill most of them, every interaction they have with those animals is influenced by the reality that their lives do not matter, that their lives are cheap and expendable, and that they are destined for the garbage heap. Where there is no right to life; there is no regard for welfare.

Murder and cruelty go hand in hand. In fact, murdering a healthy living soul IS a form of cruelty….it’s the worst form of cruelty in fact, because it’s the only form of cruelty where the animal has ZERO chance of healing.

Fact: Murdering healthy, adoptable pets is NOT “humane”, and it is NOT “kind”. It is CRUEL, and it is WRONG.

We treat pets as though we were omniscient gods‚ lying by deluding others into believing that death is our loving “gift” to them. We have no right to condemn healthy companion animals based on our limited understanding of their realities, as our mission should be exactly the same as children’s advocates: Establish more temporary safe havens, find additional permanent homes, and, most importantly, develop programs that reduce the number of homeless. Do countless children suffer for many years trapped in overcrowded and substandard orphanages?
Of course, as do refugees and millions upon millions of other displaced people, and this suffering is a horrendous tragedy. However, compassionate people seek to remedy these problems through addressing the fundamental causes, not killing the victims.

Killing is done by the uncivilized. By the weak-minded. By the cruel. By murderous NON animal lovers. For love doesn’t kill. It loves, protects, and enhances life.

Saving lives is done by those truly evolved enough to know that a cat’s life means equally as much to Him/Her, that a human animal’s life means to them!

It’s time to get over ourselves. We humans do not have the patent on life. We are but one of millions of species of animals on Earth, (most of whom were here long before us) and we are no more, and no less, deserving of rights, and of life, than anybody else.

To pretend otherwise, is to live a lethal fantasy.

True animal lovers choose to live a compassionate reality.

True animal lovers know that, like humans, our fellow animals are living, breathing, thinking, feeling, loving, soul filled Children of God, equally as much as anybody else.

And as such, animals, including pets, deserve the same Three Universal Birthrights, that everyone else does:

1. The Right to Live.
2. The Right to Love.
3. The Right to Be Loved.

What you have read is The Ultimate Truth…………the ignorance, arrogance and Speciesism of kill “shelters”, PETA, the HSUS, the ASPCA and other pet murdering frauds, notwithstanding.

All Are One. One Is All.

Please, make your community a No Kill community. Be brave. And know that you are on the side of right. Take action. Pets need YOU.

Our Pets are being murdered by the millions every year, in poor excuses for animal “shelters”. There ARE life saving alternatives (see below), but kill “shelter” operators are used to the status quo of killing pets, rather than saving them. YOU can help change that, by checking out the links below, and then demanding that your local “shelter” officials, Mayor, Governor, City Council Members, State Representatives, City Representatives, State Legislators, City Legislators, Senators, etc. actively fight to stop this disgusting massacre of our four legged family members. Thank you.

No Kill Resources Library (All You Need To Know And Do):

How To Stop The Killing:

The No Kill Equation:

No Kill Benefits the Economy:

Protect pets by making the Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) the Law:

More No Kill Info:


An Invitation To Embrace Life

Embrace Life: An Invitation


The following is a friendly invitation to the ever decreasing number of “animal lovers” who support those who murder animals (PETA, HSUS, ASPCA, Kill “Shelters”, Etc.), rather than supporting animals whom they claim to love. You are cordially invited to join the No Kill Revolution. To go beyond voicing your love for animals, and to LIVE your love for animals, by defending the right of animals to live. This can only be done by becoming a No Kill Advocate.

All you have to do is LOVE ANIMALS, by helping to protect them from harm (such as being murdered with poison needles, even though the animals are healthy and not suffering,).

This poem is a genuinely cordial invitation to you. It’s never too late to do what is right. What is just. What is courageous. What is humane. What is ethical. What prevents cruelty. And killing does NONE of these things…it…

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Something To Think About

Think long and hard about this


Imagine this scenario:

It is December 8th, 2012. You turn on the news. You hear the following words come out of the reporters mouth:

“This is Lori Johnson, welcome to HNN (Honest News Network).

Our lead story tonight – a tragic story that has left the world in utter shock and outrage. In late October, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast. It’s been over five weeks since then. We’ve been told that the NHSF (National Human Shelter Foundation) has been working overtime to bring shelter to the families devastated by the Hurricane. But HNN has learned that the NHSF has tragically been giving those left homeless from the storm, LETHAL INJECTIONS, instead of caring for them, and giving them shelter until they can find a home.”

When asked to comment, a NHSF Representative said:

“We are not killing these humans…..we……we’re giving them a happy death, we are ending their…

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PETA: Just The Facts

PETA: Pet Murderers


Fact: A mother cat and her two kittens were given to PETA employees by a veterinarian after they assured him that they would find the animals homes. Instead, the PETA employees immediately killed the mother and her two kittens, in the back of a van equipped with syringes and lethal drugs: a donor-funded PETA slaughterhouse on wheels.

Fact: While PETA claims to be against animal research, it championed a Pit Bull ban in Ontario, even though Ontario requires the pound to turn animals over for research. After 72 hours, a pet can be sold for vivisection (cruel experiments).

(Fact: While PETA claims to be against the meat industry, PETA has come out in SUPPORT of the proposed Horse Slaughter, which would, if passed into law, allow a “Horsemeat” section in supermarkets, right next to the “Beef”, “Pork, and “Poultry” sections.)

(Fact: In June 2005, dozens of dead pets were found…

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Saving 99% of Pets: How Much Does It Cost at UPAWS?

From a No Kill Advocate:

One of the most common excuses used by directors of pet killing facilities to explain why they aren’t doing their jobs is that saving lives is too expensive. Even in some shelters where the save rate is significantly higher than the national average, there are claims made that saving the last X% is too costly and the resources are better directed toward the many vs. the few.

I wanted to know how much it actually costs to save literally every healthy/treatable animal in a shelter. So I asked UPAWS in Marquette Co, MI about their cost per animal handled since they saved approximately 99% of their dogs and cats in 2012, reserving euthanasia for rare cases when a pet was medically or behaviorally hopeless and suffering.

My original intent was to get a figure from UPAWS and include it in a post. I was going to explain that when looking at cost per animal, one must consider fundraising and community involvement as well since these things directly correlate. I was going to say a lot of things but then something unexpected and exciting happened.

I received from UPAWS a 3 page document explaining in detail what their cost per animal was back when they killed pets for population control (they adjusted the figures for inflation) vs. what it is now that they save every healthy/treatable animal under their roof. Their document is quite a bit more than I expected and says everything I wanted to say so much better.

UPAWS board president Reva Laituri writes:

The figures being provided should be considered as a case study. They represent how things have played out for UPAWS. Our experiences, methods of resolution, and results are most likely unique to us. We are not saying anything we did or are doing is the best way or the only way. Every shelter has its own sets of strengths, weaknesses, and obstacles and the path each needs to travel will be slightly different depending on those factors. What works for one shelter, will not necessarily work for another.

But that does not mean the killing can’t be stopped; it only means that shelters will need to be creative in finding what works for them. There are key areas that every shelter must address in order to be successful. The differences lie in the specifics which vary by shelter.

What is important is the unwavering decision to not kill healthy, treatable, adoptable animals. Once that decision is made and everyone (board, staff, volunteers) are committed to that goal, it can be done. It won’t be easy, there is no cookie-cutter approach, and there is no slacking off. Obviously finances are a concern in running any shelter and have to be taken into consideration, but finances should not be an excuse to stop evolving. Rather they should serve as a prompt telling you that a particular area requires more creative thinking to get what you need.


In FY 2005/2006, UPAWS admitted 1,456 animals, 530 left our shelter alive resulting in a save rate of 36.4%. Our cost per animal was $190.85. In FY 2012/2013 we admitted 1,620 animals, 1,628 left our shelter alive resulting in a save rate of 100%. Our cost per animal was $207.58, or $16.73 (8%) more per animal. Looking at it from a strictly numbers viewpoint, by killing 63.6% of the animals, we were also basically throwing away the corresponding revenue those animals represented (after all, we didn’t fulfill our mission to save and re-home them). That amounts to $178,636 when for another 8% ($15, 660) we could saved nearly every one of those 936.

But, and this is the reason we don’t look at cost-per-animal, the numbers do not end with expenses. While cost-per-animal rose, two other areas also rose. First the figure of $207.58 includes a number of services and programs we were not providing seven years earlier.

By 2013, we were open seven days a week and one evening, including every holiday except Christmas (instead of being open only five days a week). Advertising animals through the UPAWS website, print-radio-TV media, and social media and keeping the public updated from start to finish in terms of adoptability and outcome, became standard. Pet sponsorships became and continue to play a huge role in getting animals adopted (donors can opt to pre-pay for medical care, vaccinations, or all or part of adoption fees for specific animals). Promotions with accompanying adoption fee reductions or waivers were being used on a regular basis. We had implemented reduced adoption fees for seniors and “Lonely Hearts” (those animals who have been in the shelter 3 months or longer). People willing to adopt animals for what would equate to hospice care had fees waived. All animals were being microchipped and we were Felv/FIV testing all cats and heartworm testing all dogs. In addition, staff and volunteers began making a more concerted effort at reuniting lost pets with their owners and becoming more pro-active in pet retention efforts.

Also, not included in the cost-per-animal, a community spay-neuter program was instituted to assist pet owners in getting their animals altered which ultimately reduces the numbers of litters being admitted and a Home-2-Home program that allows owners to use the UPAWS website to advertise pets that need re-homing, thus preventing them ever being admitted to the shelter. (A number of restrictions were put in place to avoid advertising by breeders.)

The second very important component that cannot be ignored is that while the cost-per-animal rose 8%, we also saw an increase in donations of 43% and a net increase in fundraising efforts of 294% for an overall increase in revenue of 61%. This is where the transparency and trust, mentioned above, enters the equation. Obviously, the increased revenue more than makes up for the cost-per-animal, and has allowed us to implement more services, become pro-active and plan for a future (including plans for a new shelter).

Thank you UPAWS for providing this detailed information. I hope many shelter directors and staff members will read the document and use it as a tool to assist them in developing their own plan to increase their live release rates. Just knowing that finances are not an obstacle in saving every healthy/treatable pet at UPAWS will hopefully be inspiring for other shelter directors who want to save more lives.

How To Stop The Killing:

The No Kill Equation:

No Kill Benefits the Economy:

Ask your City Council to protect pets by making the Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) the Law:

More No Kill Info:

No-Kill Shelter Lifts Financial Burden Off Cities, Saves Animals’ Lives

Their ultimate goal is to find forever homes for animals. But a no-kill shelter in Killeen also eases financial costs of city-operated animal control departments by reducing euthanasia rates and freeing up kennel space.

The Texas Humane Heroes Adoption Center, at 5501 Clear Creek Road in Killeen, is a winner of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, capturing a cash prize of $40,000. From June to August, the no-kill shelter, which receives no government funding, found homes for 1,001 cats and dogs, 389 more than last year.

“Ninety-five percent of our animals come from municipal shelters and 65 percent of that comes from Bell County,” said Ron Maurollo, Texas Humane Heroes executive director. “When we merged with Central Texas Humane Society, we expanded our footprint because of the large number of strays. We save the animals from space-related killings.”

By removing the animals from the municipal shelters, Texas Humane Heroes not only frees up kennel space but also saves money for surrounding cities including Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove, which do not have to continue spending funds to house, feed and medically treat the animals or pay to have them euthanized.

The average cost of euthanasia at a local veterinary clinic is $100 to $150, although the city governments may contract a lower rate.

In 2012, Killeen impounded 4,543 animals with 1,576 adopted, which is a 35 percent adoption rate, according to the city. Killeen budgets $600,000 for animal control but does not publicly break out costs specifically for the shelter.

Harker Heights impounded 1,003 dogs and 583 cats last year, according to the city website. Sixty-nine percent of dogs and 67 percent of cats were adopted. Only 10 percent of dogs were euthanized and 29 percent of cats.

Dana Ingram, Heights animal control officer, said they try to keep the animals as long as possible based on space.

“Some have been here for two months. We really work hard contacting animal shelters and rescue groups all over the state,” she said. “We keep them as long as we can and do everything within our ability to find them good homes.”

The 2012 Copperas Cove animal control annual report reveals 1,257 dogs were impounded and 794 adopted or returned to owners for a rate of 63 percent. Additionally, 883 cats were impounded and 140 were adopted or returned to their owners; 276 dogs and 572 cats were euthanized, 141 at the request of owners.

The city’s 2012 annual report projected $227,200 spent on animal control in 2013. The proposed 2014 budget sets aside $271,975 and includes adding an additional control officer.

“We do not have a veterinarian who works (at animal control). So, we must get outside care for the animals when they get sick and need medication,” said David Wellington, Cove senior animal control officer. “Some of our animals have been here since April because we have the space.”

Maurollo said the $40,000 won by the no-kill shelter will not put it ahead of the costs incurred for the increased adoptions.

The center spends approximately $200 to ready an animal for adoption. This includes vaccinations, spaying or neutering and micro-chipping the animals. The center has recouped less than half of the cost for the animals adopted over the summer.

“We rely heavily on donations. Winning the contest brings credibility to our organization in the community and even nationally,” Marollo said.

“Be proud of us for winning and eliminating pet homelessness. But still contribute. We need the support.”