saving animals through advocacy
Welcome to No Kill Huntsville
Almost four million animals are destroyed in animal shelters each year using tax dollars and donations. Most people believe animals are destroyed either because they are suffering or because we simply have too many of them. The reality is that the vast majority of animals which are destroyed are healthy and treatable and there are more than enough homes for all of them.
Our community, like other places, has struggled with how best to help homeless animals while striking a balance between animal welfare, public safety and fiscal responsibility. Great progress has been made in the last ten years to improve the conditions inside the municipal shelter and incremental progress has been made to increase the number of animals who are adopted or reclaimed. In spite of those improvements, almost 50% of the dogs who entered the shelter last year were destroyed and almost 75% of the cats are destroyed. The vast majority of these animals were healthy or treatable. Huntsville can lead the way for our state in becoming a No Kill Community using the No Kill Equation: a philosophy which has been proven to work across the country to save more than 90% of shelter animals. There are currently more than 230 No Kill Communities across the country representing more than 500 cities. These communities are both urban and rural; they are wealthy and poor; they are liberal and conservative. The one thing all of these communities have in common is a desire to save the lives of homeless animals while saving money in the process. Many of the programs identified as key components of saving lives are more cost-effective than impounding, warehousing, and then killing animals. Saving the lives of animals is revenue-positive in the community. We invite you to learn about our current challenges related to animal sheltering and about the methods being used across the country to save shelter animals. If you support ours becoming a No Kill Community (and leading the way for our state), we ask that you communicate that support to our local elected and appointed officials to let them know that you want your tax dollars used to save animals because doing so is consistent with our culture.