No Kill means that every treatable, saveable and rehomeable pet is rehoused. It does not mean all animals are saved. The aggressive, terminally ill and suffering are not suitable for rehoming and therefore euthanased.
Euthanasia - "Also called mercy killing, the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, esp. a painful disease or condition."
To take the life of a treatable, healthy rehomeable animal is killing.
The No Kill movement started almost thirty years ago in San Francisco with a man called Richard Avenzino. Carrying his belief he could rehouse all treatable and rehomeable animals, it was realized when the whole of the city had a kill rate of 0%. Every treatable and rehomeable animal was rehoused instead of being killed.
The Lost Dogs Home admits it is a high kill facility about to adopt a low kill policy.
Others have been doing it for decades around the world.
When I spoke with Nathan Winograd, Founder of the No Kill Solutions that pounds and shelters can implement to save more lives of animals in facilities, I asked him "How far behind do you think Australia is?" He replied, "You're in 1976." When I asked Mike Arms, CEO of the Helen Woodward Centre (a 50 million dollar facility) in the US the same question he said, "About 30 years."
Two experts. Same answer. So the best thing was to have a look at what was actually out there. Charities, supported by the people. The Dogs Trust UK and the Battersea Dogs Home both in England are remarkable.
Please check the link for The Battersea Dogs Home
You will see foster care programs and all sorts of proactive measures taken to help rehome animals.
The Dogs Trust UK has a fantastic Virtual Tour of one of their facilities. Please check it out. It will make you jump for joy there are such places!
Not only do they have outreach programs, foster programs, they also aid animals internationally. They are transparent in all facets, including their focus on rehoming animals. Their mission statement says it all.
We believe no healthy dog should ever be destroyed and that every dog should have a chance to lead a happy and healthy life in a loving home.
You have to be happy with that! So what else is out there? Ah yes, Best Friends in the USA. Some of you might have heard of "Dogtown" on Pay TV? Yes, that is Best Friends. When Cyclone Katrina hit, Best Friends galvanized thousands to retrieve SIX THOUSAND animals from ravaged New Orleans. Months later, they reunited pets with their owners, rehomed others who were not reclaimed, and were left with 13 dogs out of all the animals saved. What did they do? They built them their own home at Best Friends where they will live out their days happily. If you have a spare hour or two, have a look at the amazing Best Friends Website
Lets go back to the USA and have a look at the San Francisco SPCA like our RSPCA which started this whole journey nearly 25 years ago. They have the most amazing work with outreach programs, open late hours, everything is geared towards rehoming an animal.
And what about in the mid west? Yes you have those turning towards the no kill style of sheltering and what do we find? The Animal Ark no kill Shelter.
To read more about No Kill please go to
or about Nathan Winograd
Would you like to ask the Lost Dogs Home why they are not embracing No Kill?
Then contact them on the details below
The Lost Dogs Home
2 Gracie St, North Melbourne, Vic 3051
Lets have a look at the Nevada Humane Society and see for the past three years they have gone "No Kill" and made a difference in comparison to what the Lost Dogs Home offers.
They are a not for profit org housing 8,000 animals annually from three counties in the US.
Here are their statistics
"Comparing the period January 1 through June 30 for 2006 and 2007, for Nevada Humane Society and Washoe County Regional Animal Services combined:
The countywide save rate for dogs is now 91%. This puts Washoe County among the safest communities in the nation for dogs. Comparative statistics for other well known no-kill communities are: Charlottesville, Virginia saves 92% of their dogs, Tompkins County, NY saves 91% of their dogs, and San Francisco saves roughly 86% of their dogs.
Washoe County’s save rate for cats is 74.6%.
eline friends as the save rate for them, while dramatically better than last year, is not where we want it to be. Our goal is a 90% save rate for both dogs and cats in Washoe County.
Programs that have contributed to this success include active local rescue groups that take many animals from the shelters, volunteer support (now over 650 people volunteer for NHS), The Lost Dogs Home has NO public volunteers evening and weekend adoption hours, reduced adoption fees, trained adoption counselors to help match pets with people, adoption events both at the shelter and off site, a free Animal Help Desk, and a free trap/neuter/return program for feral cats offered by Community Cats, an independent local organization.
NHS is now launching a free spay/neuter program for pit bulls which will include a $5 reward for the dog’s owners.
Thus reducing Pitbull numbers, and possibly aggression.
But of course, we would not have been able to achieve these lifesaving results for the dogs and cats withouth the support of the community. Truly, it’s only with your help that we will be able to continue building this true safety net for our animal friends and achieve our goal of making this community truly no-kill."