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No Kill Buffalo-Niagara
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Accomplishments . . .

No Kill Buffalo-Niagara is committed to making our region a true No Kill community. We bring together concerned citizens, various animal advocates, rescue groups, and elected officials who envision a future where no companion animal need die needlessly in our shelters. Furthermore, we strive for No Kill sheltering that is built upon implementing the full complement of The No Kill Equation. Shelters may call themselves No Kill but only play definitional games. Other shelters may claim to be No Kill, but have closed their doors to animals in need that they are obligated to help through their public contracts. Still other shelters may rarely euthanize companion animals but they don't work diligently to move animals out of the shelter, instead warehousing animals for long periods of time in less than adequate facilities.

So what have we accomplished?

  • Niagara County SPCA, after a history of killing 90% of cats and 50% of dogs, now boasts a raw save rate exceeding 90-95%.
  • The City of Buffalo Common Council recently passed a resolution to embrace a No Kill future for the city and its municipal shelter.
  • A new Community Cats Alive initiative is reaching out to communities throughout WNY to promote and help implement Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) as the only rational method to handle free-roaming community cats.
  • Organization of the area's first No Kill Political Action Committee to ensure that elected officials and those running for office know that voters expect a No Kill future for our region.
  • The City of Buffalo Animal Shelter has embraced doggie playgroups for enrichment and rehabilitation purposes, largely thanks to their Friends group and the work of their amazing volunteers. The Friends group has also been working hard to engage rescue groups and to find homes for dogs and cats with special needs, including cases of ringworm, who must be moved out of the shelter. They have also embraced their pitbull-type dogs, and have been marketing them more aggressively and successfully using materials and promotions developed by Animal Farm Foundation.

What lies ahead?

  • Push Niagara County SPCA to implement the full complement of The No Kill Equation. Currently, the shelter — in spite of having municipal animal control contracts — has largely achieved its No Kill status through severe restrictions on intakes and services. The shelter still has no TNVR program; does not do outreach to keep animals in their existing homes; has no high-volume low-cost spay/neuter program available to those in the public in need; and through its restrictive membership practices has alienated much of the community. A 3- to 4-month wait list to bring a cat to a shelter (whether stray or owned), and a 4- to 5-month wait list for dogs is entirely unacceptable. This, even though they receive taxpayer dollars to provide animal control services.
  • Cattaraugus SPCA may call itself a No Kill shelter, but they fall short by essentially warehousing far too many animals and not providing adequate enrichment or veterinary care for the animals there. Adoption promotions are virtually non-existent — promotions that could successfully move animals out of the shelter.
  • Many communities have regressive laws on the books which work against a No Kill future in the region. Examples are pet limit laws and especially laws that are hostile to community cats and their responsible caregivers. These laws must be banished, and a more progressive and effective policy of animal control implemented.
  • The City of Buffalo Animal Shelter needs to do some very simple things to drastically increase adoptions: (1) Hours must be implemented so people can go to the shelter to adopt at times when they are not working; and (2) the shelter must be allowed to waive adoption fees, fines, and other charges in order to move animals out rather than continue to kill them for space!
  • Our region's largest and most influential shelter — the Erie County SPCA — has made little progress toward its proclaimed "No Kill" goal, but instead plays definitional games in order to continue killing 1/3 of the animals that enter that facility alive. Their continued arrogance in failing to embrace known programs that reduce the killing combined with their literal monopoly over local media and donor resources makes them a prime target for reform. We WANT to believe that they are serious about saving lives, but until we see a significant and concerted effort in that direction with REAL reductions in killing, we will continue to call them out on their killing ways!

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