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The End of Temperament Testing

It’s time to throw out the fake hand, the doll, the food bowl takeaway, and the loud knock on the door. The debate as to whether temperament testing in a shelter is effective, flawed, needs modification, or should be discarded is over. In a recent feature, the New York Times […]

A Sign of the Times

Phil is looking for a home at Chippewa County’s animal shelter. If Michigan is a sign of the times, it is good news for the #No Kill movement. In 2007, Michigan shelters were killing close to 120,000 animals. In 2016, it was 29,591. As Michigan Pet Fund Alliance previously reported, […]

Imagine the Possibilities

The official motto of Muncie, IN, is “Imagine the Possibilities When We Work Together.” In keeping with the spirit of this declaration, the Muncie City Council just passed the strongest companion animal protection law in the nation — a seminal achievement for the #No Kill movement — demonstrating that when […]

Calculating an Animal Shelter’s Live Release Rate

Everyone is familiar with the old quip that there are three types of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics. Statistical manipulation is very easy: It’s all about the assumptions and inputs one uses when crunching numbers. In order to honestly and accurately determine how well or how poorly a shelter […]

Behaviorally Challenged Dogs: Can We Save Them All? [1]

Photo by Eileen McFall: dog playgroup at Austin Animal Center. True to their mission statements and the highest ideals of the animal protection movement, shelters committed to a #No Kill orientation seek to provide a brighter future and a second chance to every animal entrusted to their care. Yet while […]