What are no-kill shelters?

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A “no-kill” shelter is an animal shelter that does not practice euthanasia on animals that can be successfully adopted. However, no-kill shelters do euthanize when the animal is mortally wounded, terminally ill or dangerous to others.

Roughly 4 million animals are euthanized each year across the United States, about half the population of shelters. These animals are euthanized for a variety of reasons, including overcrowding, illness and aggression.

No-kill shelters are trying to lower the number of animals euthanized every year by giving each dog time to find its permanent home. The animal in a no-kill shelter never “runs out of time.”

All shelters, whether no-kill or not, help their local communities with animal control. They provide temporary housing for animals that need a second chance. Many of the residents of the shelter are lost, abandoned or unwanted animals. Shelters provide an environment off of the streets and out of harm’s way for animals that need assistance. The supporters of no-kill shelters believe that a shelter should be a safe haven for animals, and not a place to be destroyed.

Many people think that there is no such thing as a no-kill shelter. It is commonly believed that shelters must euthanize when they become full. However, the objective of a no-kill shelter is to never become full. The shelter works with the public, local rescues and veterinarians in their area to get the animals into loving homes where they can live out their lives happy and carefree. No-kill shelters are gaining popularity across America.

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