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December 08, 2009

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Jeanine Cloyd

I've enjoyed reading parts 1,2 & 3 of your interview with CEO Wayne Pacelle. I work in the shelter environment in TN. And, I would love for our city to become a No-Kill city. Currently we are not there but are always working in the that direction. I have 2 very important questions and would like to hear your ideas.

1. Currently my shelter takes in all animals in our jurisdiction. One step to become a no-kill would be to take only what we could handle (as you did), but then I ask "What about the many many animals that need a place to go that we would have to turn down?" I realized this can be solved with education, a helpline for pet training, etc. so that every citizen starts stepping up to the plate to help out whether it's to keep their pet until we can take it or house a stray for a few weeks, etc. However, our community is not there yet, so what about the pets that will be dumped or stays that will simply be ignored? All becoming possible victims of the elements (last night it was 24 degrees), cars, other animals, etc.?

2. I've seen animals kept to long in the shelter environment. They of course need enrichment, companionship and exercise to keep them both mentally and physically stimulated. With high numbers of resident animals, that is not always possible... So how do you keep from sacrificing an animal's quality of life just for the sake of no-kill.

I am for the no-kill movement, but I did not see these ideas addressed in your interview and I'd like to know how you dealt with them.

Thank you for your time.

RichmondSPCA

Hi Jeanine, Thank you for your interest in the no-kill principles that were examined in Wayne’s blog last week. These are very good questions that require a detailed reply. We will devote a post, or maybe more, later this week to the topics you bring up in your comment.

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