What is a no-kill shelter? March 25 2021

People who leave their pets at shelters may think they’re doing the right thing. But here's a hard truth: in an average year in the U.S., about 10 million animals die in shelters. Once your pet is left at a kill shelter, it has around 72 hours to be adopted before it is destroyed. They are almost always at capacity, and there are many more animals being abandoned each day than there are homes that welcome pets in. Even the healthiest, most loving companion animals are susceptible to the harsh conditions at over-crowded shelters.

No-kill shelters are committed to never euthanizing healthy animals, or even animals with illnesses that are easily treatable. But this commitment to nursing animals back to health and caring for them for as long as it takes to find permanent homes requires lots of funding -- and lots of hard work by full-time staff and volunteers alike.

A big part of the solution is to reduce the number of pets making their way into the shelter system in the first place, especially by expanding access to spay and neuter services. Humane education in elementary and middle schools can also be a vital tool in increasing empathy, compassion and the critical thinking skills to make ethical decisions regarding the treatment of animals. Rescue Paw Foundation considers these critical missions, and we do whatever we can to provide support and funding to our partner organizations dedicated to keeping companion animals alive, happy and healthy. 
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