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31 March 2012, 8:03 am
We’re having the house renovated over the next 2-3 weeks, so my computer access will be limited and blog postings will be sporadic. Will be back at full steam soon! Thanks for your patience.

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Barrington, RI

29 March 2012, 6:16 am
Barrington, Rhode Island, is a small, coastal community of about 16,000 people. The town has one animal control officer and a non-profit rescue called Barrington Partnership for Animal Welfare (BPAW). BPAW runs a trap-neuter-return program, posts lost and found animals, and offers help with spay-neuter.

The BPAW website states the following: “since we were founded in 2007 the euthanasia rate has dropped from 90% in 2006 to 0% in 2010.” BPAW’s also has a Facebook page stating that 100% of animals who came into animal control in Barrington in 2010 found homes. The animal control officer said in an interview last year that the town “pretty much has a no-kill policy.”

I could not find the full statistics for Barrington online, so I’m adding the shelter to the No-Kill Reported category. It is the 31st no-kill community reported by this blog, and the first in Rhode Island.

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30 Open-Admission No-Kill Shelters

28 March 2012, 6:53 am
With yesterday’s post on Nevada County, this blog has now featured open-admission no-kill shelters in 30 communities. When I started the blog last July, I had expected to find maybe a dozen such communities at most, so this has been a pleasant surprise.

One of the reasons I started this blog was because, after reading Nathan Winograd’s books and seeing the proof of no-kill in communities like Tompkins County, Charlottesville, Reno, and Austin, I got tired of hearing PETA and their misguided followers claim that all no-kill shelters were limited admission. These 30 shelters of all sizes and in all parts of the country are proof that shelters can be both open admission and no kill.

Actually, there are more than 30 open-admission, no-kill shelters out there. I’ll be posting about another one tomorrow, and I have many more communities to research. To allow people to keep track of the growing number more easily, I have changed the tagline of the blog to keep a running count of the open-admission, no-kill shelters that are featured.

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Nevada County, California, at 99%

27 March 2012, 4:53 am
Nevada County is located in northern California, and it shares a border with the state of Nevada. The county has almost 100,000 human residents. On July 1, 2010, a non-profit called Sammie’s Friends took over management of the municipal Nevada County Animal Shelter from the county sheriff’s office. The shelter is open admission. In the shelter’s spring 2012 newsletter, they announced that their euthanasia rate is “just under one percent.” This carries on the tradition of no-kill reported by the sheriff’s office, which had a euthanasia rate of under 10% from 2004 to 2009 (due in part to help from Sammie’s Friends before the official takeover).

In an article written last May, not quite one year after Sammie’s Friends took over the shelter, shelter director Cheryl Wicks stated that the shelter took in almost 2000 animals in 2010 and had vet bills of $220,000 due to the fact that they treat every animal that can be helped by treatment. Wicks noted that with the money provided by the county they would be able to save only about 30% of the animals. Saving the rest is made possible by donations, volunteers, the internet, and help from the veterinary community.

Wicks wrote an article for the spring 2012 newsletter in which she takes us through a day in the life of the shelter. As she says: “Running the shelter is a little like driving an ambulance, you must go fast and pay attention to detail because somebody’s life may depend on it. You must be ready to turn on a dime at any moment because amongst the everyday work there are endless surprises.” Reading the amount that goes on at the shelter, from preventive vet care to the feral cat colony to the volunteers to the networking, it is no wonder that they have achieved the heights.

I was not able to find full statistics on the Sammie’s Friends website, so I’m posting this wonderful shelter in the “No-Kill Reported” category. The organization’s first full year running the shelter was in 2011, so it’s very possible they will post their full statistics for 2011 online soon.

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New Blog Category

25 March 2012, 8:46 am
There are several communities in the United States that are no-kill, but don’t get the recognition they deserve because they do not post their full statistics online. Many of these are small communities with limited websites and small staffs of people who stay very busy. I would like to give these excellent shelters some recognition. Therefore, I’m creating a new category called “No-Kill Reported,” and will be posting several shelters to this category in the weeks ahead. I’m also changing the name of the “No-Kill Achieved” category to “No-Kill Documented.” Only shelters that post their full statistics online in some format will be placed in the “No-Kill Documented” category.

I would like to emphasize that, in spite of the lack of full statistics posted online, the “No-Kill Reported” shelters should be considered no-kill. I won’t include a shelter in the new category unless my research shows that there is a valid basis for the no-kill report. However, since transparency is such an important part of no-kill, a distinction needs to be made between those shelters that do post their full statistics online and those that don’t. If and when the No-Kill Reported shelters post their full statistics online, they can be moved to the No-Kill Documented category.

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Sacramento

24 March 2012, 7:37 pm
The city of Sacramento is the capital of California and is home to about 465,000 people. The municipal Animal Care Services (ACS) handles animal control and sheltering for the city and accepts owner surrenders from city residents. In 2011, ACS had a 30% live release rate for cats and dogs, out of an intake of about 10,500.

Sacramento also has a large non-profit, the Sacramento SPCA, which takes in owner surrenders and strays from the city of Sacramento an

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