Myths and Facts about the No-Kill Movement


MYTH #1: “Open admission shelters can’t be No Kill.”

TRUTH:Yes, they can. In fact, in every community considered to be no-kill, there is at least one open-admission shelter. No Kill shelters can be public or private, large or small, humane societies or municipal agencies. And there are plenty of No Kill animal control shelters and thus No Kill communities which prove it. Something cannot be impossible when it already exists. This includes multiple Virginia shelters.  


MYTH #2: “No Kill advocates are extremists working to undermine the humane movement.”

TRUTH: No Kill activists are regular people from all walks of life, working to expose the hypocrisy between the animal protection movement’s professed values and its actions which cause suffering and death. In so doing, they are working to strengthen the cause of animal protection, not weaken it.


MYTH #3: “No Kill threatens public safety.”

TRUTH: The No Kill philosophy does not advocate adopting out dangerous or vicious dogs.  Public safety is a top priority for Anicira.  Dogs or cats that are a risk to our community will not be placed for adoption.


MYTH #4: “No Kill leads to warehousing animals.”

TRUTH: A primary no-kill strategy is high-volume adoptions — not piling up animals in facilities.  This means removing barriers and having adoption friendly policies.   No Kill is about valuing animals, which means not only saving their lives but also giving them good, quality care. It means vaccination on intake, nutritious food, daily socialization and exercise, clean water, medical care and programs to find them all loving, new homes.  


MYTH #5: “It’s the irresponsible public’s fault.”

TRUTH: There is still a “public” in No Kill communities. The public did not change, the shelter did. In communities which have ended the killing of savable animals, it is the public which has made the difference in terms of adoptions, volunteerism, donations, foster care and other community support.


MYTH #6: “It’s too expensive.”

TRUTH: Not only is there no correlation between a shelter’s budget and its save rate, but the programs of the No Kill Equation are more cost-effective than killing: killing costs money; adoptions bring in revenue.





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