No Kill Huntsville is a coalition of local animal welfare advocates, rescuers and shelter directors who came together in January of 2012 to speak with one voice to seek better for our community. We strive 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 where the lives of shelter animals are saved while still ensuring public safety and fiscal responsibility. Those places don't have any of the resources we don't have right here; and it is our position that our community is smart enough, creative enough and progressive enough to do better using our tax dollars.
Since the time we formed our coalition, tremendous progress has been made by our municipal animal shelter - Huntsville Animal Services. Animals in our shelter now have a greater chance of making it out of the shelter alive at any time in the history of the City of Huntsville and Madison County. In spite of the progress, we are not yet a no kill community. We are hopeful that a time will come when local officials who operate and oversee our shelter will make a commitment that healthy and treatable animals are no longer at risk in our shelter under any circumstances and that they have left the dated and archaic practice of destroying savable pets in the past where it belongs.
We invite you to learn about issues 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 make a public declaration of intent to save the lives of all healthy and treatable shelter animals. Our community has many challenges which require complex solutions; saving the lives of shelter pets takes hard work, but is not complex and does not take increased cost output. It is a choice.
Our communication with City of Huntsville officials seeking a commitment to make ours a no kill community in June of 2016 is found here and our blog on this subject is found on our blog page. It is called "Our Challenge to the City of Huntsville: Commit to the No Kill Model." Our January 23, 2017, letter to the City Administrator and Shelter Director which again encourages commitment to no kill standards and also recommends development of a Shelter Disaster Plan is found here.
image courtesy of Dana Kay Mattox Deutsch
July 7, 2016, News Coverage on WHNT Regarding our "Ask" of City Officials