Ten Amazing No-Kill Pet Rescues You Should Know
Each year, around 4 million dogs will end up in an animal shelter. Of those, 35% will be adopted to new homes, 26% will be returned to their owners and devastatingly, 31% will be euthanised.
But there are certain organizations who are striving to change that, pushing for no-kill legislation and helping to bring about major change in the rescue community to help save animal lives.
Here are just ten organizations that work tirelessly to reduce euthanasia rates in the US, saving lives and increasing awareness at the same time.
- Best Friends Animal Society, Utah
One of the most well known organizations in the no-kill shelter movement, Best Friends started in Utah but has since expanded to Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Alburquerque, San Antonio and more through involvement in their No More Homeless Pets Network partner program.
- Dane County Humane Society, Wisconsin
The Dane County shelter has an open admission policy, meaning that they will take in any animal in need. They also, impressively, guarantee that any healthy dog or cat will be rehomed.
- Tompkins County SPCA, New York
This SPCA rescue has been no-kill since 2001 and was the country’s first registered ‘green animal shelter’ because of its environmentally friendly and sustainable design.
- San Jose Animal Care & Services, California
Through a program known as ‘Feral Freedom’, which traps, neuters and releases feral cats, the City of San Jose Animal Care & Services was able to reduce feline their euthanasia rates by over 40%.
- Austin Pets Alive! Texas
The APA, led by Dr. Ellen Jefferson, has used years of data to increase the efficiency of their shelter system, resulting in a dramatic reduction to Austin’s euthanasia rate. Some of their new practices include a larger foster program, more off-site adoption and foster events and increasing the budget to tackle sick animals.
- Richmond SPCA, Virginia
Since becoming a no-kill shelter in 2002, the Richmond SPCA has saved almost 46,000 lives! With the joint goal of ending the euthanasia of healthy homeless animals in the county, they partnered with Richmond Animal Care and Control to open a neuter and spay clinic, create a foster program and increase education about pet ownership.
- Multnomah County Animal Services, Oregon
As the county’s sole public animal shelter and control agency, they are a proud founding member of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland – whose mission is to end the euthanasia of healthy, social and treatable cats and dogs in the area. This is achieved through spay neuter programs, educational outreach and the promotion of humane alternatives. Their save rate for dogs is currently over 90%!
- Nevada Humane Society, Nevada
The Nevada Humane society opened its doors in 1932 and helped over 22,000 animals on 2015 alone. They currently have a save rate of around 95%, after implementing successful programs such as the launch of a help desk, giving people round the clock tips and encouragement related to keeping their animals at home, instead of surrendering them to the shelter.
- Arizona Animal Welfare League, Arizona
Founded in 1971, the AAWL is the oldest no-kill shelter in the state. Starting back in the early 90’s they began rehabilitating homeless animals so that they could be rehomed. Today they are a full service organization with on site veterinarian facilities, kennel, cattery, behavior training specialists and training center.
- Members of the Metro Denver Shelter Alliance, Denver
This alliance is made up of 25 different shelters and rescues throughout the Denver area who are focused on reducing euthanasia rates. Last year the coalition’s saved over 31,000 animals and returned 9800 lost pets to their owners.