Archive for the ‘No Kill Movement’ Category

There’s hope for making Indianapolis a No Kill city

Monday, August 1st, 2016

In November of 2007, when mtA hosted Nathan Winograd for a well-attended workshop, Winograd shared with us the inspiration and tools for bringing a community to “No Kill.”

At that time, many in the sheltering community rejected the term “no kill” and/or denied that it was possible. The political agendas of some organizations were oppositional and obstructive.

But progress has been made. Today, we witness organizations advertising their efforts to “help all Indiana animal shelters become ‘no kill’”. Commitments are made to “…put Indianapolis on a sustainable path to becoming a ‘no kill’ city. … where no healthy or treatable dogs or cats are ever euthanized.”

Kara Kenney of RTV6 posted an article on IACC’s new deputy director, Katie Trennepohl, on July 25. Headlined “New IACC head wants Indy to be ‘no kill’ shelter”, the article reports the current save rate at IACC as 85 percent, up from 49 percent in 2011. “Trennepohl said to be considered ‘no kill,’ the agency needs to get to 90 percent,” the article states.

We celebrate that the no kill discipline has been embraced by the Indianapolis animal welfare community. This is important progress!


Can we do better than 90 percent?

But can a shelter or community really be considered “no kill” if 10 percent of treatable/adoptable animals are still being killed? Are the animals who fall into that 10 percent less important than the 90 percent who got out alive? Maybe we need to rethink the criteria that define “no kill”.

The goal of the No Kill movement is not to reduce killing to some pre-determined level. It is to end the killing of ALL animals who are not irremediably suffering.

“A shelter or community achieves No Kill when it ends the killing of all animals, except those who are physically suffering irremediably. Irremediable physical suffering means an animal who has a poor or grave prognosis for being able to live without severe, unremitting pain even with prompt, necessary, and comprehensive veterinary care, such as an animal in fulminant organ system failure.” http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=16063

Per the home page of Target Zero, an organization that is providing guidance to Indianapolis, “zero euthanasia of all adoptable shelter animals” is the goal.

That old hobgoblin word…

No discussion of “no kill” can be complete without recognizing the difference between “euthanasia” and “killing”. We must be honest and respect the dignity of those treatable/adoptable animals whose lives are ended for convenience or space.

Euthanasia: the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.
— Wikipedia

Irremediably suffering animals are euthanized. Animals are not euthanized for convenience or space. They are killed.

The goal: 100 percent of treatable/adoptable animals — ALL — leave our animal care facilities alive. Euthanasia frees those whose suffering cannot be alleviated.

Euthanasia is compassionate. Killing is not.

Kudos to Muncie shelter for Just One Day event

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

A rousing cheer for the Muncie Animal Shelter, which is staying open for 24 hours in hopes of finding good homes for the 140 animals currently housed there. The Just One Day marathon adoption event ends at midnight on June 11 or when the shelter runs out of animals, says director Phil Peckinpaugh.

Adoption fees during the Muncie event are just $11, which includes microchipping, spay or neuter surgery and vaccinations. The Muncie shelter has promised that no healthy animals will be killed during this time. Check out their Facebook page to see how it’s going:

Just One Day, held annually on June 11, focuses public attention on the number of animals killed in shelters by proclaiming one day in which no healthy adoptable animals will die. Last year, 13,000 pets were saved at shelters that participated in this nationwide event.

mtA salutes the Muncie Animal Shelter for standing up for animals. And we wonder — why did the Indianapolis area shelters not participate?

Maybe next year?

Mega Adoption Event, No Kill hurdles, and why we still need to watch our language

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

We were excited to witness the “Mega Adoption” event this past weekend, which reportedly resulted in 732 animals from central Indiana finding new homes in a two-day period. 130 dogs and 66 cats were adopted from IACC. Congratulations to all the organizers, participating agencies’ staff, and volunteers on this outcome! Everyone who truly cares about animal welfare is delighted to see so many animals finding forever homes.

move to ACT has endorsed policies and practices that support No Kill since 2007, when it sponsored Nathan Winograd in Indianapolis to present the “No Kill Equation.” A sold-out crowd of animal welfare enthusiasts from across the country participated.

At that time we stated,
It is not a question of whether No Kill will be realized in each of our communities; it is only a matter of when.

Two years later, on July 4, 2009, 153 animals were adopted from IACC during a one-day adoption special. A local animal organization representative was quick to recruit a city-county councilor and union representative to condemn the event. Now, five years later, this same individual is supporting such an event. How things change!

Action, and awareness

It’s taken years, but the renewed momentum toward No Kill is refreshing. We must, however, be mindful that the inner struggle for honesty with ourselves, the public, and the animals continues.

Those in the animal welfare, promotions and media industries continue to be challenged by the use of honest language that respects the value of these animals’ lives. It’s getting better, but we’re not there yet. Ending the life of an adoptable animal for population control is neither “euthanasia” nor “putting down”. It is murder. It is killing.

When we use these terms to soften the reality of the action for our own comfort, we embarrass ourselves and fall short of genuinely embracing the sanctity of these animals’ lives.

Listen (bolded for emphasis)…

“We have a definite need to wipe out euthanasia in Indianapolis and with big events like this, I think we can do it.”
—Event coordinator Megan Bennett

At the Indy Mega Adoption event page: :

“Each year, thousands are euthanized at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.”
“Frankly, we’re all pretty tired of the killing and we feel Indy should be No-Kill”.

At least someone used the right word, once.

From LOVE ME. FIX ME:

“Sadly, this is why so many perfectly healthy animals are being euthanized -…”
“…where no animal has to be put down for space or time”.

Love me, but Fix the conversation by telling the truth. We must remain on guard against obstructing the No Kill goal with manipulative rhetoric. Using the word “euthanize” to describe what is done to animals in shelters and pounds is committing FRAUD.

Indianapolis is making strides. Let’s keep the momentum going by keeping it honest.

Killingforspace

What was learned from “Just One Day?”

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

“Just One Day” was great, and it can get even better

On June 11, Indianapolis took part in a nationwide initiative to allow healthy adoptable animals “just one day” of freedom from the fear of death. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control agreed to suspend the killing for just one day, and a dozen local rescue groups redoubled efforts to save as many animals as possible. As a result, 80 pets left IACC alive. Compared to other cities, those are impressive numbers.

So what did Just One Day accomplish? Much!

• A commitment from IACC to not kill any adoptable animals for one day
• Heightened attention to the killing of adoptable animals on our collective watch
• 80 dogs, cats and rabbits left IACC alive in a 48-hour period, thanks to rescue organizations
• Deserving rescue groups that rarely, if ever, are applauded or recognized for their rescue work (and don’t spend time self-promoting) received well-deserved acknowledgment
• These same rescue organizations (that don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on fundraising) had the opportunity to win $2,000 in much-needed cash

How was JOD promoted?

• April 25th mtA News Release
• May 31 Wish TV
• June 8th IACC News Release
• June 11th Indy Channel
• June 11th Indy STAR
• NPR Radio

What was the feedback from participating organizations? Great!

• “Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this amazing experience! It is extremely motivating to see what can be accomplished. We intend to pull from the kill shelters that need the most help so IACC is always on our radar. Cheers to you and your group for your steadfast commitment. Together, we can do this!”
• “Makes me proud to be a part of a great effort by so many great people. Thanks again.”
• “Awesome,..thanks for making this happen.”
• “Thanks for organizing this great event.”
• “It was nice to have the day for rescues to go in and we did get to meet some of the other rescues’ volunteers. Thanks for all your work on this event.”

Were more animals surrendered on June 11?

There were people who surrendered pets to IACC on June 11 because they believed the animals would not be killed on that day. IACC’s foster coordinator put out a plea for help, which happens frequently. Obviously, people who feel they have no choice but to give up a pet ARE concerned that their pet might be killed.

Was there other feedback? Yes, and it brought up some good points.

• “A stunt.”
—Anonymous commentator in the blogosphere

• “I find days like today to be an insult to those who work tirelessly in animal welfare. Every single day should be an important day for animals, not just some arbitrary date. …Rather than taking June 11 to not euthanize an animal, how about taking June 11 to create programs that we can take to schools, churches, and community groups about the importance of responsible pet ownership. Or take June 11 to find better and more creative ways to keep pets in their homes. Or develop ways to get animals to low-cost spay/neuter clinics. Really, if this Just One Day promotion had been done correctly, there would have been outreach advocates at every back door, talking to those who wanted to surrender their pets and working with them to send those pets home. “
—HSI representative and chairperson of the IACC Advisory Board and officer of the Indianapolis Animal Welfare Alliance

• “We’re back to normal tomorrow. …As good as (Monday) is, and not having our friends at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control euthanize for space, (Tuesday) they’ll be faced with the same issues again.”
—CEO of the Humane Society of Indianapolis

We think these comments deserve a response.

First, if JOD was a “stunt”, we are eager to repeat this “stunt” and make it even better! This national event was managed locally. Since no other voice for animals in Indianapolis stepped up to coordinate participation in the inaugural JOD, mtA did.

Secondly, mtA is saddened that the chair of the IACC Advisory Board would admonish the event in a public forum rather than discuss and suggest ideas in an advisory capacity to the IACC administration, especially when IACC had already endorsed and committed to the event. And some might find the tone of this letter insulting to those in the hard-working small rescues who certainly DO work tirelessly for animal welfare — and showed it in their efforts on June 11.

There are good ideas in the IACC board chair’s comments. We wonder why HSI did not take the initiative to prepare an educational program on responsible pet ownership, or sponsor a spay-neuter event, or provide advocates to counsel people who were surrendering their pets, in conjunction with “Just One Day”. We hope they will consider doing so next time.

Finally, if “normal” is receiving and killing 22 animals a day, what can be wrong with allowing a two-day vacation from such a “normal”? “Just One Day” is a step toward changing that “normal”.

When was the last time 80 animals left IACC alive in a 48-hour period? When the staff at IACC could take one day off from the emotional ordeal of killing? (And can’t we please stop hiding behind euphemisms that mislead the public? Killing animals for space is just that — killing.)

And when did small organizations last have “just one day” of recognition and the chance to add a few much-needed dollars to their barebones budgets? These groups lack the luxury of having $141,000 to spend on annual fundraising fees or $407,000 in donor dollars to spend on total fundraising expenses. They spend 100% of whatever is given to them on the animals.

What does all this tell us?

• For IACC to commit to stop killing adoptable animals for a day — JOD was a success
• For the 80 animals that left IACC alive — JOD was a success
• For the rescue organizations that participated, made a difference, received some recognition, and won some needed cash — JOD was a success
• For the media attention this generated to remind the public of the challenge posed by our collective stewardship of homeless animals — JOD was a success
• To confirm that people really don’t want their surrendered animals killed — JOD was a success
• To spark good ideas, even from organizations that chose not to participate — JOD was a success!

Going forward

MtA is already planning another “Just One Day”. We encourage every animal welfare organization to join the effort — by rescuing animals, setting up adoption events, scheduling spay-neuter days, providing educational programs, training volunteers to counsel people about to surrender their pets, and other creative means. Every idea is welcome. Let’s work together and put the animals first.

After all, isn’t it… “all about the animals?”

“Let Them Live, .. Just One Day” event a success!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

According to Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, yesterday – June 11th, no adoptable animal was killed for space at 2600 South Harding St. That was the commitment made by the agency for “Just One Day” and local rescue organizations that signed up to participate to help make that happen!

Congratulations and thanks to the rescue organization participants!!!!!

78 animals originally were reportedly transferred out of IACC by rescue organizations on Sunday – June 10th and Monday – June 11th, but a late report included 1 more, = 79! Of course Monday, June 11th was “just one day” but for 79 animals, that is a lifetime!

Background:

An invitation was sent out to all IACC rescue partners (big and small) to participate in “Just One Day” by helping to pull animals from IACC on June 10 and 11. It was noted that even if an organization was unable to pull an animal in this time period, simply signing on to support this initiative was confirmation that they believed that animals should not be killed for population control and IACC staff deserved to breathe just one day, relief.

The 20 organizations that responded to the invitation were:

ARPO (Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership)

Indiana House Rabbit Society

Love of Labs Indiana

EARPS (Exotic Animal Rescue Pet Sanctuary)

Heart for Dog Rescue

Rescue Farm

Mended Hearts Rescue

Magnificent Mutt Rescue

Virginia Siamese Rescue

Every Dog Counts Rescue

Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue

Lucky Pups Rescue

German Shepherd Rescue Indy

Southside Animal Shelter

Great Pyrenees Rescue

Casa Del Toro

Internet Miniature Pinscher Rescue Service IMPS

Indy CLAW

Central Indiana Lab Rescue & Adoption (CILRA)

Come Bye Border Collie Rescue

Out of these 20 organizations, 12 were able to pull animals from IACC. The 12 organizations were:

ARPO (Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership)
Indiana House Rabbit Society
Love of Labs Indiana
Heart for Dog Rescue
Mended Hearts Rescue
Every Dog Counts Rescue
Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue
Lucky Pups Rescue
German Shepherd Rescue Indy
Southside Animal Shelter
Casa Del Toro
Indy CLAW

The three organizations that pulled the most animals and qualify for the $1,000 drawing are:

ARPO
Every Dog Counts
Indy Claw Rescue

The remaining 2 organizations from the above drawing will be reintroduced into the hat for 2 additional drawings for $500.00 along with these additional qualifying rescue organizations:

A Heart for Dog Rescue
CDT Pit Bull Rescue
German Shepherd Dog Rescue
Indiana House Rabbit Society Rescue
Love of Labs Indiana Rescue
Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue
Lucky Pups Rescue
Mended Hearts Rescue
Southside Animal Shelter Rescue

Local celebrity, Patty Spitler, will have the honors of drawing the winning recipients at the Milano Inn this Thursday, June 14th at 7 PM.

Our thanks to the IACC administration for being receptive to and embracing the “Let them live, just one day” initiative, Julie Zink who is a tireless presence at IACC – directing the animals to the safety-net of these organizations’ caring, to the IACC staff who work behind the scenes doing what they can with the limited resources they have and a special thanks to the above organizations and their network of supporters who sacrifice quietly and graciously for these animals to live another day.

And we cannot forget the faithful supporters of move to ACT who realize the importance of thoughtful resource allocation that make events like “Rescue Rally” and “Just One Day” possible.

Do YOU want to make a difference?

Consider a donation to move to ACT for future “Just One Days,” …or to any of the organizations above.

These organizations just made history for the animal welfare industry in Indianapolis by way of humility and the signature of servant leadership.

3:55 PM: Updated number of animals transfered out alive: 80!

No Kill Solutions Conference

Friday, May 9th, 2008

The No Kill Solutions Conference by Nathan Winograd on May 3-4 was a sell out!!!!

Animal welfare leaders representing private shelters, municipal shelters, rescue groups and volunteers from all over the country were in attendance. Sadly there was no representation from our own private shelter in Indianapolis that has closed its doors to strays.

A better summary of the program could not be written than this provided by Connie. Thanks to her for this piece.

Here in her own words:

Dear friends and family and even a few casual acquaintances,

I never thought I would be a zealot convert kind of person, but I just spent two days listening to Nathan Winograd discuss that it really is possible to have a society in which we do not kill healthy, non-aggressive, adoptable animals — ever. No kill means no kill, not just not killing the easily adoptable animals.

Nathan has written a book entitled Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America.

All of my life I found it depressing to think of all of the animals in shelters across the country who are killed each year (an estimated 5 million). Animals like Batman who are great companions, but who for one reason or another found themselves in a shelter situation. I bought into the Humane Society rhetoric that it was better to provide a humane death because there just weren’t enough homes for them all, but it always bothered me to think that perfectly wonderful animals were dying. I thought I was alone. But, I’m not and not only am I not alone, but Nathan Winograd has actually been out doing what everyone in the HSUS, ASPCA and PETA say is impossible. He has worked at shelters in large cities, rural areas, blue states and red states and at all of those shelters he has turned them around so that they have save rates for both dogs and cats of higher than 90 percent. The ones who are dying are the ones deemed too aggressive or which have an illness or injury that is considered poor or grave in its prognosis. ALL other animals are treated based on whether they need medical treatment or behavioral treatment and then put back on the shelter adoption floor. He has done this in open intake shelters (meaning not a private place that gets to pick and choose what it takes, but shelters that have to take anything that comes through the door).

The HSUS, ASPCA and PETA all say No Kill is a myth and that the shelters Nathan has worked in are all smoke and mirrors and yet none of them have sent representatives to see how it is done. At the seminar I attended this past weekend in Carmel, Ind., the Humane Society of Indianapolis did not send ANYONE to the seminar, although there were at least three people there from Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. Nathan went through HSI on Friday and he said there were 42 EMPTY cages, while at IACC the cages were full. That is 42 animals somewhere that aren’t getting a chance to be adopted.

Nathan showed with numbers backed up with studies that you can get more money going No Kill because people want to help save the fuzzy kittens and the old sad looking dogs. They give money for those campaigns. His shelters ended up in the black.

He showed there are enough homes. Currently 15 percent of the population gets a pet from a shelter/rescue, etc. By upping that number just 2-3 percent that will provide homes for 4.9 million animals in the United States. We would indeed become a no kill nation. He said if there were not enough homes, then why does Indianapolis have so many pet stores selling pets? He pointed out that shelters that charge a lot for animals need to rethink their strategy (currently HSI is charging up to $450 for a purebred dog). He said even most rescues charge too much.

Another HSUS argument: No kill means sick and dangerous animals are put into homes. Nathan discussed this a LOT. He showed the types of temperament tests that most shelters use to determine if a dog is aggressive. Even Batman probably would not pass some of them! They do not take into consideration the dog’s medical history or the type of life it was leading prior to going into the shelter environment. For example: one test is to see if the dog growls when you take food away from it. If it does, it is deemed unadoptable and killed. What if the dog was starving? That is not taken into consideration, nor are medical reasons for aggression looked at. Nathan said his shelters had fewer instances of problem animals going into homes than those with stricter guidelines. Another Example, Amy, the dog I am fostering, was taken out of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control because she is a pit bull. They do not adopt out Pits or pit mixes at IACC (and that’s 41 percent of the dogs they take in) because they do not have a person to temperament test them. Amy has the SWEETEST temperament of any dog on the planet, yet she would have died if a rescue group had not gotten her out of there, thanks to the kindness of a kennel master at IACC who thought Amy deserved a break. But, that’s 41 percent of the animals at IACC dying because no one can temperament test them. (IACC’s new board president says they will be addressing this).

Part of No Kill means TNR, which is Trap, Neuter and Release of feral cats. 100 percent of feral cats die in shelters because they are not adoptable. Think of that number: 100 percent. Yet, with TNR, these cats can live in their feral colonies, not produce more kittens and actually provide services of rodent control and despite the Audubon Society saying ferals kill all the song birds, a well-regarded researcher named Tabor said that actually the cats keep down the rats and rats really prey on songbirds. Another study showed that less than 5 percent of a feral cat’s diet was birds and another study looked at birds killed by running into windows and birds killed by cats and found out windows do not discriminate and they kill healthy and sick birds, while cats kill mainly the weak or injured birds. There are no statistics which can prove feral cats are biting people and causing rabies either. In TNR ferals are also vaccinated. If you live on a farm, especially an organic farm, check to see if anyone in your area is working with feral cats. They are always looking for farms that will take ferals and they are awesome organic pest control. HSUS has actually tried prosecuting feral cat caretakers. HSUS says all cats should live indoors and say statistics prove indoor cats live longer, but some of Tabor’s studies say there isn’t that much difference because indoor only cats tend to be obese and have other health issues. Nathan also lambasted shelters that will not adopt out a cat if the owner says the cat may go outside. He said think about this: If you were told you might die someday in the future if you walked across the street, or you would die today because it was considered more humane to kill you today than possibly let you get hit by a car in the future, which would you pick?

Nathan also talked about those who say animals staying long-term in shelters become nuts. At his shelters the dogs are provided stimulating contact, including at least one 30 minute walk, 4 times each day. They are rotated so they constantly have new neighbors to sniff and the public is encouraged to interact with the animals. Cats are also socialized regularly. If an animal seems to be suffering in a shelter environment he finds it a foster home. Many shelters have signs asking you NOT to interact with the animals due to the spread of disease. At Nathan’s shelters they vaccinate ALL animals on intake rather than waiting to see if they get adopted before they are vaccinated. He said all shelters will get cases of PARVO and feline leukaemia, but that none of his shelters ever had an outbreak. His studies found that a vaccine given one day prior to exposure was 90 percent effective, where as a vaccine given one day after exposure dropped to 5 percent effectiveness. The average length of stay at one of his open intake shelters was 8 days. When I adopted Batman from HSI, he was the dog cowering at the back of his kennel. He could not stop shaking. Most people walk by these dogs. Nathan said if the dog constantly thinks someone is there to play with it or feed it cheese whiz (he is a big lover of cheese whiz for dog socialization) then the dog is constantly wagging its tail and at the front of its kennel.

Nathan uses common sense in his dealings with animals. For example, he said a rescue or shelter’s adoption form should not be the stopping place for an adoption, it should be the beginning of a conversation. He thinks too many groups use too strict of guidelines and then never make exceptions because they don’t actually talk to the people. 10 years ago, I went to HSI to adopt a dog. I looked at a husky mix. I was denied because I said the dog would live in a fenced back yard while I was not home. Their forms at that time (they are more relaxed now) said that dogs could only go to homes where they would live inside as companion animals. So, they would rather kill the husky mix, a dog that was probably happier outside, than let it live outside. And yet, this same organization says there just aren’t enough homes.

Nathan never has a purebred dog in his shelters. All those go to rescues. He says to go no kill you have to really work it. You have to have foster homes, rescue groups, off-site adoptions, hours which allow people to see animals after work (many shelters are open 9-5), newsletters, creative marketing of hard-to-place animals, relationships with all the local animal hospitals, vet schools, animal organizations or any business that deals with animals. At one of his shelters, each dog came with 1 month of free poop removal from a local service, 10 percent off training at a local trainer (and some dogs were given free training as special promotions), free initial vet visit from any vet they choose, spayed and or neutered, shots, and a whole bag full of other incentives, all for a $60 adoption fee. He pointed out that shelters MUST compete with pet stores. You can go into a pet store and get your puppy or kitten immediately, with no forms, no waiting period, just pay the money. Many shelters have 48 hour holds or don’t spay, neuter until after adoption, so people who told their child that today was the day they were getting a puppy were disappointed if they came to that kind of shelter.

Volunteers are the main thing you need and he pointed out it is easier to get volunteers if they know they won’t constantly be working with animals that won’t die tomorrow. I don’t volunteer at a shelter because I know myself too well. I would be an emotional wreck, but if I could work with a no kill shelter, I would give them every free hour I could muster.

Let me close by saying that the #1 Reason I am sending out this email is also because Nathan did NOT promote any mandatory laws. As many of you know, I belong to a working dog club. Everyone but me, has an intact dog that they work. Not a single person in my dog club has ever had an unwanted pregnancy in their dog or let their male dogs wander. They want their dogs intact because some studies indicate that intact animals perform better than those who have been altered. While this is a topic that both sides of the s/n issue could debate forever, I respect my friends rights to keep their dogs intact as long as those animals do not do anything to cause an unwanted litter. Mandatory laws, Nathan pointed out more than once, actually never work and generally make kill rates go up. This includes licensing laws and leash laws. One study in San Francisco actually showed that the more off-leash dog parks there were the fewer incidents of dog bites were reported. We do not need laws to protect people from animals. We need low cost or no cost spay and neuter programs and vaccination programs and we need to let people have their pets and do stuff with them without fear of fines.

I have one more thing to add and it is important. Too many things never get done because each and every rescue group, animal shelter and dog and or cat group has its own agenda and often those groups cannot see past those agendas. So, you might not like someone on a specific board or someone who runs a specific group. Try and look past that and see if you can support that groups cause. If you don’t like a direction things are going, don’t complain unless you are active in trying to cause change. Don’t not help just because your specific group may have some issues that aren’t shared by everyone. Too often, we get hung up on little, picky things while 5 million animals are dying.

I could go on and on, but you could just buy the book 🙂 If you live in Indiana, please visit movetoact.org and sign up for their newsletter. that way you can know what is going on at the Indianapolis area. Also, check out http://www.indynokill.org/. But, I warn you, it has a clock that counts down to the next death at IACC. It shows how many dogs and cats come in and how many go out and how many are killed.

Connie

Nathan Winograd’s No Kill Presentation a Success

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Over 100 people attended Nathan Winograd’s No Kill presentation at the Brickyard Inn on October 8th. Sponsored by Move to Act, his multimedia presentation detailed the history of the humane movement in the US and its current dysfunctional state. A movement founded to protect animals from people now protects people from animals. The resulting 4-5 million shelter animal deaths per year are mute testimony to a system in need of repair. Winograd presented the components of the No Kill Equation which he has implemented in San Francisco, Tompkins County NY, Charlottesville VA and Reno NV. He backed up his assertions with objective data and documentation. His talk was not without humor and personal anecdotes and was well recieved by an audience of animal lovers, animal welfare advocates and shelter workers. His message offers a welcome change from the status quo. Many left encouraged at the possiblity of creating a no kill city but with the pragmatic question of how to do so. Move to Act will sponsor a workshop with Nathan Winograd in March with specific recommendation on how to create just such a no kill community in Indianapolis. MtA will involve local shelters, government and animal welfare leaders in this workshop. Are you satisfied with the current animal welfare situation in our city? MtA thinks we can do better for the animals and our community.

Nathan Winograd Event

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Move to ACT will host a talk and book signing event by Nathan Winograd on Monday October 8th at 6:30PM. The event will be held at the Brickyard Crossing Inn in Indianapolis. Winograd’s recently published book “Redemption” will be available for purchase and personal autographs by the author. An advocate of no kill animal sheltering, Winograd’s No Kill Equation advocates:
-no killing of adoptable animals at local animal shelters
-expanded feral cat TNR programs
-high volume, low cost spay/neuter programs
-improved shelter access for rescue groups
-expanded shelter animal foster care
-comprehensive adoption programs
-improved pet retention by owners
-medical and behavioral rehabilitation of shelter animals
-improved shelter public relations and community involvement
-expanded shelter volunteer programs
-compassionate and progressive shelter leadership
The Indianapolis animal welfare community can learn much from Winograd’s extensive national experience. Move to Act advocates adoption of the No Kill Equation as part of a comprehensive animal welfare program that would end shelter killing and pet overpopulation at less expense than the status quo.

No Kill Indy

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Indy animal lovers remain disappointed at the unacceptible kill rates at our local shelters. They long for a no kill city where most unwanted dogs and cats would be adopted, go to no kill shelters or rescue groups. No kill status is attainable nationwide according to Nathan Winograd of the No Kill Advocacy Center(see link). He has assisted many cities attaining a no kill or near no kill status. Move to ACT will welcome Nathan Winograd to Indy for a book signing event in October. Make plans to attend and learn more about how Indy can become a no kill city.