The no kill movement is about saving the lives of shelter animals. It is, however, as much a social movement about people and their values as it is about animals. History has shown that places which have become no kill communities and have ended the outdated practice of destroying healthy and treatable shelter animals have done so as a result of public pressure and public demand. The vast majority of Americans consider their companion animals family members and think it should be illegal for shelters to destroy animals which are not suffering and which do not present a genuine public safety risk.
Our local officials, both elected and appointed, are well aware of the position of No Kill Huntsville regarding how our municipal animal shelter operates using our tax dollars. We have been told many times that we are the only people complaining and that this issue is just not one about which people comment or complain much, if at all. We are also told that those who govern us and serve us are very pleased with the progress made to date, as if we have already reached the intended goal.
We applaud the progress made to date. Animals now have a better chance of making it out of our shelter alive than at any time in the history of our city. Animals are, however, still at risk and will continue to be until the city makes a public declaration that it will no longer destroy healthy and treatable animals using tax dollars.
If you support ours becoming a no kill community, those who govern and lead us need to hear from you. Your silence is your consent. It is critical for you to reach out to officials by telephone, by email or by letter and let them know what you want (and perhaps what you don't want) regarding how the shelter operates using tax dollars.
You will find the names and contact information for those officials on the page called Our Local Officials. Your contact need not be complex. You can simply say you want ours to become a no kill community sooner rather than later and you don't want your money used to destroy animals when that same money can be used to save them. You can go into more detail about why this issue is important to you, perhaps explaining how much you value your pets and how devastating it would be for you if they were destroyed in the shelter. If you have had a negative experience with Huntsville Animal Services, we encourage you to write about that to complain and to ask that action be taken.
If you need help getting started on your communication, we have prepared a list of sentences from which you can draw. You can use some or all of them. The point is to help you get started so that your communication is meaningful and clear. The sentences are at this link in Word format and at this link as a pdf document. Please remember to be respectful in your communication with local officials.