The City of Huntsville adopted a Master Plan Initiative in May of 2014 called The Big Picture. The City also seeks to be designated as a Compassionate Community.
No Kill Huntsville seeks to make ours a no kill community; a place where healthy and treatable animals are not destroyed in our municipal shelter using our tax dollars and resources because there are proven ways to save them. There are hundreds of no kill communities across the country, many of which lack the resources we have right here in the Rocket City. These places are urban and rural, affluent and poor, liberal and conservative, large and small. 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.
Our municipal shelter is run by the City of Huntsville with financial contributions from Madison County. Progress has been made in the last few years to save more animals. That progress, however, has not kept pace with the progress made in other parts of the country. We routinely destroy almost half of the dogs and approximately 75% of the cats in our shelter. More than 80% of the animals destroyed each year are healthy and treatable. They either were, or could have been, someone's companion.
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, we ask that you communicate that support to our local elected and appointed officials and encourage them to act with a sense of urgency to avoid further loss of life. Our community has many challenges which require complex solutions; saving the lives of shelter pets is not complex and does not take increased cost output. It is a choice.