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Nationally there are over 200 No Kill communities to date
Nov 15-26, 2013 — The Maddie's Erie County Project held their annual Pet Expo recently at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Four years ago, amidst the announcement of a 5-year, $5-million grant from the Maddie's Foundation, Erie County was to become a No Kill community in five years. The slogan then (as it supposedly is now) was "No Kill by 2014." Now, in the last year of the grant, two participating traditional (kill) shelters still have a long way to go, based on their latest available statistics:
No Kill status is operationally defined as saving 90% or more of all the animals that enter the shelter alive, period. That includes pitbull-type dogs, puppies, friendly cats, feral cats, orphaned kittens, old animals, sick animals.
At the recent Pet Expo, Maddie's project coordinator Kara Lee (of EC SPCA) proclaimed that Erie County had almost reached its goal of becoming the FIRST No Kill community in the US.
What? Since there are already 212 (and counting) TRUE no kill communities, we are wondering how they think they can possibly be the first such community? And how, with a 65% save rate over the last 4 years, do they think they are going to get there by October of next year, after 4 years already? Remember that under the grant they are not required to count against their save rates anything labeled a "pit bull", nor are they required to count "lost in care" or "owner requested euthanasias." However, the figures we provide above are computed as they should be. And by that standard, there are already 212 (and counting) communities who have achieved and are sustaining their No Kill status.
All we can say is that Kara Lee needs to do her homework. And EC SPCA and the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter need to get going, because there's only one year left and still a third of shelter animals are dying in their care.
Resolution sets stage for Buffalo to join the ranks of nation's No Kill communities
April 16, 2013 — Just one week after the Legislation Committee unanimously passed a No Kill resolution, the measure moved to the entire Buffalo Common Council, who quickly followed suit with their unanimous support. North District Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr, lead the effort to begin moving the city to a more progressive model of animal control.
Next week, the City's Cat Task Force will meet for the first time to begin outlining recommendations for managing the city's free-roaming cat population. No Kill supporters are hopeful that the city will adopt Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) as its standard response to calls regarding cats. The antiquated model of "catch, remove, and kill" has obviously done little to address the problem after decades of the policy. Increasingly, TNVR has been embraced across the country as the most effective and least expensive method to stabilize populations of unowned cats living at-large. TNVR also reduces and even eliminates unwanted behaviors like yowling, marking, roaming, spraying, and fighting — behaviors almost exclusively linked to the cats' mating and reproductive behaviors.
The Legislation Committee can now turn its attention to reviewing city ordinances that are at odds with progressive animal control methods. And there may be ordinances written and added to the code that will ensure the more humane and effective management of the city's animal control function.