Recently, Wayne Pacelle, the President of the Humane Society of the United States, asked me to do some questions and answers with him on his blog that is featured on the HSUS website (www.HSUS.org) in order to bring greater clarity to what is called the no-kill movement in this country. The goal of our effort is to help people have a deeper understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of the no-kill movement and of how it has demonstrated great success in saving vast numbers of animal lives. I am deeply grateful to Wayne for giving me this opportunity and even more grateful for HSUS having embraced the goal of ending the loss of life of healthy and treatable companion animals in this country. I am honored to have been mentioned by Wayne in the same piece with Ed Duvin and Rich Avanzino. If you would like to read Wayne’s and my Q & A’s, click here for part one.
There was a time when it was first suggested that, with some new approaches and fresh thinking, we could change the paradigm for homeless animals in this country. The first person to really take both the philosophical and the practical leap in doing that was Rich Avanzino in San Francisco. He made it work there despite great opposition. The Richmond SPCA was the first organization in the country to dedicate itself to replicating that Rich’s first model in our own community. We are deeply proud of our success and what it has demonstrated for the country. We are also delighted to have played a role in the National Federation of Humane Societies having adopted it 2020 Vision which adopts for that organization the goal of ending the loss of life of healthy and treatable companion animals by 2020 at the latest. It is clear that the movement is now getting real traction nationally.
There are more questions and answers between Wayne and me that will be appearing on his blog in the coming days. We will be letting you know about them as they are posted.
Update: Read part two of Robin's Q&A with Wayne Pacelle.