"No Kill" Definition

The following definition came from the book, “Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America,” by Nathan J.Winogard, who is one of the founders of the No Kill Advocacy Center and Rescue Five-O, a nationwide campaign to reform US animal shelters through legislation. This No Kill definition was unanimously adopted by the SCAF Board of Directors on May 17, 2012.

An industry term used to define a shelter or community that does not kill animals for lack of space or lack of necessary treatment. It is a facility where healthy dogs and cats, sick and injured but treatable dogs and cats, behaviorally challenged or traumatized dogs and cats, and unhealthy and treatable feral cats are saved. The only dogs and cats being ‘put down’ in the No Kill shelter are those who are either too sick or too injured to be rehabilitated, or, in the case of vicious dogs and vicious feral cats, with a poor prognosis for rehabilitation, cannot be adopted into homes.

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