saving animals through advocacy
Welcome to No Kill Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama, goes by many names: the Rocket City, the Heart of the Tennessee Valley and the Star of Alabama. For those of us who live and work here, we know that Huntsville by any name is simply a great place. We enjoy a level of cultural diversity not present in many other parts of the state and we have a myriad of resources which make our area unique: Redstone Arsenal, Marshall Space Flight Center, an advanced technology industry, advanced medical and health care resources and a handful of respected colleges and universities. When other parts of the country have suffered through difficult economic times, our economy has remained relatively stable and we continue to grow. Huntsville and its people are often called "progressive," a description we wear proudly.
As is the case across America, people in Huntsville love their companion animals. We share our homes with thousands of dogs and cats. Most of us consider our companion animals to be family members. We talk to them, we include them in holiday celebrations and we take time off work to care for them when they're sick. When it's time to say farewell to them, we grieve deeply. We trust that shelters funded by our tax dollars and donations will give homeless animals that second chance.
There is, however, a complicated side to our relationship with companion animals and we, like other areas, have struggled with how best to manage the issue of homeless animals which end up in our shelters. The goal of No Kill Huntsville is to help educate people who live and work in the region on methods being used in other areas to save as many as 98% of all healthy and treatable animals. The methods are part of something called the No Kill Movement which has successfully helped reform the "culture" of animal welfare in cities and counties across America by making it easy for people to do the right thing.
Please join us in learning about some of the issues we face locally and how other regions are working to save the lives of companion animals while saving taxpayer dollars in the process. If any area of our state can lead the way toward reform and become a No Kill Community - an example for others to emulate - it is ours. We support the space program and provide cutting edge technology to our troops. Let there be no doubt we can learn from other regions and find ways to save the lives of the companion animals we love and value.