Thankful Thursday: No Kill Is a Good Deal


Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it!

I am so thankful for so much in my life, but today I want to tell you I am so very thankful for No Kill Shelters.  I am so fortunate that I ended up in a No Kill place, as did all of my sisters.  Seriously, how can those “other” places call themselves a shelter.  Night after night I see kill lists for the next day and it just breaks my heart.  I am thankful for No Kill and hope to do more to encourage those non-believers as to the merits of a No Kill world.

Just the other day I made a new friend.  Her name is Diana, and among many things, she is the publisher of Critter Magazine of the Upstate of South Carolina. She is doing lots of good things and if you are on Facebook you can stop by and visit Diana on Facebook here. Also, if you are on Facebook, please Like the Critter Magazine of the Upstate. As I was reading the current edition I ran across an interesting note from the No Kill Advocacy Center and their upcoming campaign to make the USA No Kill. The campaign is call Just one Day.

Here is what, in part, are what they are asking:

We are asking animal shelters across the USA to take a pledge not to kill any savable animals on June 11, 2012. For Just One Day, “Euthanasia Technicians” will put down their syringes and pick up cameras. Instead of injecting animals with lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital, they will photograph them and post them on the Internet, on Facebook, on twitter. On June 11, 2012, they will market their animals to the public, they will reach out to rescue groups, they will host adoption events with discounted rates, they will stay open for extended hours, and they will ask their communities to help them empty the shelter the good way.”

I encourage you to go visit their special website Just One Day, find out more about it, and see what you can do to help. There is tons of useful information there and you can see exactly who is participating from your state. And don’t forget to visit the No Kill Advocacy Center which is full of useful information.

I am thankful for No Kill, and I am thankful for those fighting the fight on behalf of all of us.  Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!!  More Forever Homes More Often!  Purrrrr! Zip! Later!

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12 years ago

I so agree about the No-kill shelters. Wish we could get more of them. I sure will check out Diana and all those other things. I would like to help in any way I can.
I would love to take that kitty in Greer but no room here. Sure hope she finds somewhere to go. I will put her on my blog tomorrow. Take care and have a great day

Feeling Beachie - Hilary & Alex

I so agree with you about no kill shelters…. They all should be that way….

mary jane
mary jane
12 years ago

Hi! love your blog, no kill shelters save many many feline lives and canine lives too..your blog is so sweet. Everytime I read it I feel great..I only wish I had more money to save kitty cats at the no kill shelters in our county..they do an amazing job with little money, volunteers and lots of sweet little kitty cats and older cats too…If people could do what you suggest in June more kitty cats would be saved, I will do my part, your kitty cats are so sweet and well behaved because of you and your wife’s efforts daily..they… Read more »

Casper Bear
12 years ago

All animal shelters should have a “No Kill” policy as every animal should have the same rights as humans. We are all living creatures after all and should all have the same rights. We all feel the same pain, happiness and sadness. Keep up the good work!
Lotsa Licks
Casper Bear and Mum x

Old Kitty
Old Kitty
12 years ago

Beautiful Brian! Yay for no-kill shelters and policies!! Yay for advocates of these fine principles such as you and wonderful Diana! Take care

Fuzzy Tales
12 years ago

We prefer the idea of a no-kill shelter, too, and came from one. But no-kill shelters also have their problems–terrible over-crowding, cats spending almost all their days in tiny cages because there isn’t enough room or foster homes, etc. It’s okay if the shelter has a lot of money from private donations, but if it’s a small shelter with little in the way of funding or donations, things can get bad. :-/

Katie Isabella
12 years ago

Oh of ONLY the humans would do their part and have the animals spayed or neutered. If only the Vet hospitals and clinics made it easier by reducing their prices for spay/neuter for every day, not just maybe once a year for a special occasion. More pets would be spayed/neutered and the overpopulation would be reduced greatly.

Max the Quilt Cat
12 years ago

Thanks for the info on Just One Day. I went over and downloaded the tags… It’s important… for sure.

pawhugs, Max

Artemisia, Fenris, Socks & Scylla

We wish the animal shelter in Jackson County MS was no kill it breaks our hearts that so many of the animals that are taken to that horrible place are KILLED.

12 years ago

We never put a healthy animal to sleep, is the motto of the UK s largest animal charities.
I hope US shelters can say the same soon

Nerissa's Life
12 years ago

And hopefully ‘one day’ will turn into two, then three, then four and more until these shelters stop killing the whole year through. purrs

Hannah and Lucy
12 years ago

We are so lucky here – no animals are killed unless they are too sick to save. We can’t bear to think of healthy cats, dogs – well all animals being killed to make room for some more animals to be killed. What a vicious circle.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Cats of wildcat woods
12 years ago

We are very lucky to have a good no kill shelter in our town – Brother Wolf. Mom already posted about No Kill day on FB. It is so sad that more animals die from shelter euthanasia than anything else. Many people don’t know which shelters are no kill and surrender a lost animal to one that puts them down and when they find out are very upset. Know what your shelters policies are! Good article Brian!!!!

Random Felines
12 years ago

It is so sad that so many pets that could be saved just aren’t. Until people do the right thing and spay/neuter, the population is just a huge problem. Paws up to Just One Day. Best Friends just stared NKLA (no kill Los Angeles) – seriously, if they can get the city of LA no-kill, then ANYONE can do it!! thanks for the info….

Genghis Khat
Genghis Khat
12 years ago

I agree with no-kill shelters.

But my first thought is that people need to only adopt pets that they really do intend to care for and to keep. Make sure you & the kiddies are are responsible & loving enough to take care of a pet.
Then spay and neuter pets so they don’t have unwanted litters.

If we could start there – we would be closer to not needing shelters. Except for an occasional lost pet.


12 years ago

Thank you for this, I will make sure to visit the site. We came from a rescue and thankfully did not end up at one of those other places.

The Florida Furkids
12 years ago

Thanks for letting us know about this. Tamir came from a great no-kill shelter and we’re grateful that he did!!

The Florida Furkids and Lexi

12 years ago

What a great idea. We are lucky to have a very large no kill shelter in our area. However the needs are greater than they can meet but they try.

Callie (a.k.a. Trouble)

Texas definitely need more No Kill shelters.

12 years ago

Great campaign!!!!!
These lists for the next day breaks my heart too.
I support Just One Day!

Chloe and Cecil
12 years ago

Our furbrother, Winston, was at a High Kill Shelter, we shudder to think of the consequences had he not been pulled just in the nick of time!

We will have Mom visit the Just One Day site!

12 years ago

I am really excited about this event!

To really make no-kill work, humans need to work LOTS harder at educating others about spaying and neutering their pets. That’s one of the reasons these kill shelters get so many animals, and why the good, no-kill shelters have to limit their intake: too many pets breeding. Killing adoptables is a multi-level problem that must be approached from all angles.

Rykerz Boyz 'n' Allie
12 years ago

What a wonderful day June 11 will be! We’ll promote it too!

12 years ago

We are thankful for No Kill too! And we agree, how do those that kill call themselves shelters? It is so sad. Who gives them the right to take the lives of innocent furbabies?! Thanks for all of the work you do in spreading the word Brian, it means a lot!

Ginger Jasper
12 years ago

I so hope thishelps and that there can be no more kill places. It breaks my heart to see the pictures and hear that so many will loise their lives just because they are homeless. I so hope this day helps a lot… Hugs GJ xx

Cathy Keisha
12 years ago

That sounds amazing. I was in a Kill Shelter and then the nice people at Companion Animal Placement took me out and brought me to their no-kill shelter. So many animals don’t get that chance.

Mark's Mews
12 years ago

We agree that no-kill shelters are very good things to be thankful for!

Eric and Flynn
12 years ago

We wish all shelters could be no kill and agree with you Brian, how can a high kill place call itself a shelter? It is a contradiction.

12 years ago

We so strongly believe in spay/neuter and how it stops death (LITERALLY) in it’s tracks. We hate those shelters that euthanize. We especially hate the way the national organizations go about advocating for animals and euthanize them instead. WE support the NO KILL movement and we wish for more humane treatment of all fuzzies. It breaks our hearts to see even one furry without a forever home.


The Purr Diaries
12 years ago

Kill shelters break my heart 🙁

Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom

It can be done. Happily liked and shared.

The Island Cats
12 years ago

Brian, we purray for the day that there are no more kill shelters.

siku marie
12 years ago

Count on us to participate in Just One Day…but our prayer is for EVERY day. Our Quinn was one day away from being PTS as it is politely called… MILLIONS are as not lucky as he was. Killing the homeless and unwanted is just wrong.

12 years ago

Brian me is with yous!
Me was in a KILL shelter and my Daddy saved me!
Me supports no kill!

Spitty the Kitty
12 years ago

And I am Fankful for all YOU do to help get kitties into safe places, Brian. You’re the BEST!

12 years ago

Love no kill shelters!
xo Catherine