No Kill Advocacy Center - Today,
millions of Americans live in cities and
towns that have dramatically reduced and
even eliminated the killing of healthy and
treatable animals in their shelters. Some
of these communities are large, some are
small. Some are urban; some are rural.
Some are rich; others poor.
No-kill shelter - Wikipedia - A no-kill
shelter is an animal shelter that does not
kill healthy or treatable animals even
when the shelter is full, reserving
euthanasia for terminally ill animals or
those considered dangerous to public
safety. A no-kill shelter uses many
strategies to promote shelter animals; to
expanding its resources using
volunteers, housing and medical
protocols; and to work actively to lower
the number of homeless animals entering
the shelter system. 10% of animals can
be killed in a no-kill shelter and still be
considered a no-kill shelter. Kittens under
8 weeks old and feral cats are still
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Defining No Kill | Best Friends Animal
Society - No-kill is defined as saving
every dog and cat in a shelter who can be
saved. It means healing the animals who
can be healed, treating behaviors that
can be treated, and prioritizing safety
and a high quality of life for both pets
and people in our communities.
No Kill Animal Shelters - The nØkill
Network - The nØkill Network is
dedicated to promoting no-kill animal
shelters, organizations, and rescue
groups by helping people learn about and
locate these organizations. The nØkill
Network also strives to promote the
no-kill model so that shelters that do not
currently have a no-kill policy might take
the initiative needed to gain the public,
governmental, and financial support
necessary to become a no-kill
organization. Shelters that historically
euthanized healthy, adoptable animals
have been able to make this change - it is
possible and we hope that this
community can help to provide the ideas,
education, and support necessary to
make it happen for the rest of the
shelters throughout the nation. Please
join the community to learn, participate,
and support the mission!
What is No-Kill? - Maddie's Fund -
Maddie's Fund offers the industry a
national voice, important funding
opportunities, learning resources and
easy access to network connect and
share ideas to keep people and pets
The History of the No-Kill Movement -
Maddie's Fund - The history of no-kill
goes back more than half a century when
independent caregivers began rescuing
and sheltering homeless animals with the
intention of keeping them alive. This was
in reaction to the standard operating
procedure of most humane societies and
tax-supported animal control services
that killed stray and abandoned animals.
Turned Away: A Closer Look at 'No-
Kill' Animal Shelters | PETA - Right
before dawn one morning, a man drove
up to a “no-kill” animal shelter in Virginia.
He didn’t know anyone was watching, but
he apparently did know that the limited-
admission shelter often refused entry to
animals in need. The man was seen
throwing a mixed-breed dog—frightened
and malnourished, with every rib visible—
from his vehicle before speeding off into
the dark. Terrified and desperate, the
dog ran onto a nearby highway. It was
not long before she was struck by a car.
A shelter worker found the dog
struggling to stand, apparently having
sustained a broken back and a crushed
pelvis. The young dog was finally
euthanized because of the extent of her
pain and injuries.

If the shelter had had in place an open-
door policy—or even if it had simply
transported her to the local high-intake
open-admission shelter—this dog would
have been spared terror, pain, suffering,
and perhaps even death.
What does it mean to be no-kill? |
Animal Humane Society - To be
considered no-kill, a shelter or rescue has
to have at least a 90% placement rate for
the animals in their care. Since 2015,
AHS has met or exceeded that 90%
standard — meaning we meet the
qualifications to be considered no-kill.
However, we’ve made a deliberate
decision NOT to identify as a no-kill
organization. It’s language we don’t ―
and we won’t ― use, to describe
ourselves or any other animal rescue
No-Kill - The Humane Society of the
United States - Traditionally, most
animal shelter workers have denied that
the killing, or euthanasia, of animals in
their facilities was cruel, even when
euthanized animals were adoptable,
young, attractive, and healthy.1 Workers
have sustained a core professional
identity of being humane, good-hearted
“animal people” who want the very best
for their charges, despite—or even
because of—their euthanasia of
animals. Killing has been taken for
granted, regarded as a “necessary evil”
having no alternative in their eyes.
No-Kill Community Coalitions | ASPCA
The ASPCA strongly supports “no kill”
community coalitions (as opposed to a
single organization within a community)
that are committed to reducing the
number of cats and dogs in that
community who are at risk of becoming
lost, abandoned or relinquished to
shelters. Toward that end, the ASPCA
supports efforts to maximize accessible
and affordable spay/neuter services;
practice TNR of feral cats; promote the
adoption of homeless animals; educate
potential guardians on pet selection, the
use of microchips and visible ID tags; and
provide ongoing expert training and
behavior assistance to guardians so that
they may live successfully with their
companion animals.