Tuesday, January 20, 2015


This is a bone of contention for No Kill and shelters. Merritt Clifton has the explanation. May not be what we want to hear but reality often is that way.


The common element may be simply that agencies have insufficiently explained to rescuers how shelter space is allocated.

The trick,  for animal control shelter management,  is to have adequate capacity to handle whatever crisis comes.  This is often complicated because many animal control shelters are too small for their communities––even with more nonprofit humane societies,  no-kill sanctuaries,  and shelterless rescues helping to house impounded animals than ever before.  The total capacity of every dog and cat shelter and rescue in the U.S. today is under 500,000.  Total shelter arrivals run close to eight million,  16 times the available cage and run space.

1 comment:

  1. I read the attached article and have a more clear understanding of what it takes to operate an animal shelter. I always thought it was as simple as the dogs come in, they get adopted or killed. I never thought of the process that went in to having a kennel to put a dog in or knowing how many would be brought to a shelter on any specific day. I never thought more dogs would be brought in on Monday than on a Thursday. I guess I never gave it much thought.

    I read from no kill sights and thought Nathan Willograd was on the right path. But after watching shelters for the past couple of years, I have come to realize his path, while sounding good, is just a fairytale. There are more animals than homes and until people realize this, the problem will only get worst.
    Mandatory sterilization is the only way we, as the people who can make a difference, will win this war. Not be sticking our heads in the sand and not be following the likes of Willogrand.
    Praying for a end to this madness one day soon.


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