The Incredible Simplicity of the No Kill Equation

It’s funny how many people have the same reactions when faced with the concept of No Kill.

“There are too many animals, not enough homes.”

“There just aren’t enough resources.”

“Pet overpopulation is due to public irresponsibility.”

“It’s going to take a long time to become No Kill.”

“We need to punish irresponsible owners.”

Etc., etc., etc.

All erroneous. Well meaning, maybe, but erroneous. The No Kill equation is so brilliantly simple. Some concepts MAY seem counter-intuitive to those who are used to blaming the public, assuming that it’s the fault of bad pet owners, etc., but when you look at the facts – it’s so damn clear.

For example, mandatory spay/neuter programs DO NOT work. They’ve been demonstrated ineffective time and time again.

There is no pet overpopulation. No Kill can happen overnight when a shelter is determined to make it happen.

Often, No Kill can actually happen UNDER a community’s budget – resources are not the real issue.

And so on.

Below are the steps of the No Kill Equation. This formula is PROVEN effective. Click here to learn more about the NKE and how to implement it. Please, please, educate yourself. Then, you can educate others – and the No Kill movement will grow, and spread, the way that ideas whose times have come, do.

I. Feral Cat TNR Program

II. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

III. Rescue Groups

IV. Foster Care

V. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

VI. Pet Retention

VII. Medical and Behavior Rehabilitation

VIII. Public Relations/Community Involvement

IX. Volunteers

X. Proactive Redemptions

XI. A Compassionate Director

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10 Responses to The Incredible Simplicity of the No Kill Equation

  1. ANN says:

    One major improvement would be if more landlords realized that pets are ok… every family needs a couple…. with all the foreclosures, many families are forced into rentals and at least in our area nearly ALL rentals prohibit pets.

  2. Tessa45 says:

    If a person lives in a Federal subsidized house, (HUD) they are allowed one animal thru Federal Law. Some private landlords will allow one pet for an additional security deposit. It is too bad that a very few irresponsible pet owners allow their pet to soil the rugs, dog barking all night, not change the litter box and the smell permeates the halls, ,not picking up after their pet outside, being afraid of being sued if an animal . bites, or a pet owner abandoning a pet when they move. Some home insurances charge an additional fee, for a dog owner. Most pet owners are very responsible. Maybe a special lease should be made absolving the landlord of any damages. A landlord should issue warnings for any violation, and 3 warnings and they are out. This can be worked out, but it takes cooperation of all parties.

  3. Chris says:

    While landlords have a right to refuse to rent to pet owners, there is research that demonstrates the benefits to landlords. Pet owners have a part to play as well, as they must demonstrate that their pet is well behaved and they are responsible pet owners (see Companion Animal Renters Program (CARP),

    Results of the Companion Animals Renters Study (CARS): “The results of the study statistically demonstrated that for the majority of landlords, offering pet-friendly rentals is not only economically viable, but can actually increase their bottom-line profits.”

    If they don’t already, it would be worthwhile for the animal rescue groups, dog associations, animal welfare committees and others, to publish information about this.

  4. Randy says:

    The only question that remains unanswered is who pays to implement these amazingly simple stpes in the equation? For example, say a shelter sends 100 animals to foster care. Who covers the expense of feeding, medical care ect?

    Since of late there is so much attention on MDAS, which of these steps aren’t being utilyzed that you would like MDAS to implement? Are there feral cat rescue groups lined up to successfully implement a TNR program? MDAS already has a low cost spay.neuter program, MDAS already has programs that work with rescue partners, MDAS has one of the largest number of dog/cat adoption programs in south Florida, specifically what type of pet retention programs are lacking? How about medical and social rehab programs – who pays for those expenses for the 400 dogs/cats that need to be saved for MDAS to be No Kill? Is there money in the budget for medical care for every dog/cat that enters the shelter? Under Pizano the volunteer program has been expanded as well – check out the five year shelter report and explain how the shelter isn’t allowing volunteers into it’s program. How do you improve in “proactive redemptions when you have such a community problem of citizens lined up to dump their pets – how do these proactive redemption programs deal with irresponsible pet owners who simply don’t care? Do we blame the shelter for owner surrenders as well?

    Finally, “a compassionate shelter director” – who specifically did you have in mind when you frequently rail against the current shelter manager? Would a shelter manager appointed by the county do a better job implementing these steps with the budget authorized? If indeed these are simple steps then there should be simple answers to these questions – wouldn’t you agree?

    • Hi Randy,
      I’m not sure if you’ve actually visited or experienced the realities of MDAS, but FYI – just because a shelter SAYS it’s implementing certain programs, doesn’t mean it actually is – or that it’s putting any effort into them. Don’t believe everything you hear/read.
      Most of the programs of the NKE do not cost anything additional on top of a current budget; they can be implemented by volunteers and/or funds can be redirected from killing (since that’s actually quite an expensive task) and other areas of the budget.
      And to address your other points: the pet retention program at MDAS is a disgrace, there is no attempt made to educate owners or help them to keep their pets. Much of the shelter staff and leadership is NOT friendly towards rescue groups and individual rescuers, and doesn’t make it easy for them. Much of the money that goes towards the purchase of fatal plus could be directed towards medical care for the animals – additionally, if the effort were actually made to save lives and go No Kill, community support and donations would absolutely increase. There is no appropriate training in the volunteer program and morale is very low. Not many animal lovers want to volunteer at a facility that kills 22,000 animals per year. Dr. Pizano has also turned down offers for more volunteers from No Kill groups. Additionally, the five year report is misleading. Citizens lined up to “dump their pets” … really? If these citizens received some education or assistance, and were told the truth about what will happen to their pets at MDAS (which MDAS refuses to do), some of them would undoubtedly keep them. And in terms of a compassionate director … yes, another director with a willingness to implement the policies of the NKE WOULD absolutely do a better job with the current budget. Leadership is key.
      I think those are pretty simple answers to your many questions. I would also urge you to visit MDAS and see for yourself what the situation is.

  5. Michelle says:

    I think it would be a good idea for landlords to always allow pets, but here are a couple of reasons they don’t. First is insurance. Their mortgage would go up, and so would your rent. Second is all the cats left behind when people move. For some reason, nearly everyone in my neighborhood who moves, seems to think they should get a new kitten when they get their new place, leaving the old, often unspayed, kitten sitting in the driveway waiting for them to come back, and his litter box next to the trash can. Apartment managers and owners don’t want colonies of feral cats roaming their property because they think the cats will bite somebody’s kid and they will be sued. Sorry, but that’s what it’s like on the other end of things. That said, I’m for the NKE, except where it gets adult cats given away for free who are then thrown from the overpasses.

  6. kate says:

    Sorry, but TNR means “No Kill” for cats but more kill for native wildlife. I know this is an unpopular opinion, and I support everything else here, but can’t support a program that has TNR as it’s first item!

    Support Trap Neuter Sanctuary instead! Some of the same arguments given here would support Trap Neuter Sanctuary instead of TNR. We have the resources, just need to apply them approproiately.

    For the record, since I will likely get lots of flak, I currently have two cats rescued after being dumped at the park where I work, and one foster dog. I would have more if my lease allowed.

  7. debinkn says:

    Perhaps the simplicity of the No Kill Equation’s success is what throws people off?
    I know when I was first introduced to the movement I “got it” right away, still others fight it. I wonder what their agenda really is. What are they afraid of?
    A few thoughts…
    They are afraid of the fact that for years, even decades their practiced, “Save a few, kill the rest” method of sheltering was not the best they could have done. Hundreds of thousands of animals have been killed under these type of shelter directors; the ones with this archaic mindset. So in that case the answer is EGO.

    Why not try the NO Kill Equation if it is said to work? …if followed exactly as instructed? What are they afraid of now? The answer: Not interested in HARD WORK-it doesn’t matter how many animal lives can be saved. LAZINESS- seems to be in epidemic proportions in our country.

  8. -@^@- says:

    The only thing counter-intuitive about the No Kill Equation is the name, as you would really expect it to be of the form:

    Feral Cat TNR Program + High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter + Rescue Groups … (etc.) = No Animals Killed

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