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How do we achieve No More Homeless Pets? Let us count the ways.

When Best Friends reinstituted the No More Homeless Pets conferences in 2008 after nearly a four-year hiatus, the working title for the opening plenary session was “State of the No-Kill Nation: What Worked? What Didn’t? What’s Next?” That kind of periodic, collective self-examination is a good exercise for any movement because it obligates us to assess our effectiveness based on facts rather than dogma, habit or selective memory.

Over the next several weeks, we will come at the same question from a slightly different angle in a series of blog posts and provide an analysis of successful No More Homeless Pets campaigns – how they work, why they work and what distinguishes them from each other to achieve no-kill in their communities.

After all, it’s clear that the paths to No More Homeless Pets are as varied as the communities committed to the cause … animal services partnerships with large humane organizations, local rescue–driven missions, community collaborations, government programs that address root causes and charismatic leaders who rally the community to heroic achievements.

We’ll look at rural, mid-sized and fully urban metropolitan areas as well as shelter-centric and community-based models. We’ll also look at sustainability and how it’s possible for a landmark city to fall from the ranks of no-kill.

You’ll encounter many familiar names and some names you may not recognize: all visionaries in their own right, blazing new trails and setting the stage for a future where killing homeless animals is no longer practiced in our country.

Come prepared to be inspired and informed, to share information and ideas, to take stock of the movement that offers many different proven models that work to end the needless killing of homeless pets.

So, whether you are a shelter director, city official, organizational board member, rescuer, advocate or volunteer, as they say: “Watch this space.”

Gregory Castle
CEO, Best Friends Animal Society

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  • Lab is one more homely dog which will be very friendly and i found most of the people in India have this dog, most of them say that this dog also have good sense of thinking it will do whatever the owner say.

  • I have two pets in my home and i love these pets. Your work is really good for homeless pets. And i appreciate with you and also i am with you in this great work.

  • I just love your blog very much. I would like to have my own pets. Thanks for sharing the article.

  • In these days nobody take care of pets and so many pets died in accidents. And pets are one of the best friends of human beings. We can’t trust on a human being but we can trust on a pet.

  • Really good article and good effort from your side. I am very interested to participate in this. And you are doing great work. So keep it up.
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  • Lovefelines2003

    I’d like to see the issue of “Free to a Good Home” ads in newspapers addressed – there was just a HORRENDOUS story in the news regarding 29 puppies tortured to death that were obtained this way and I’ve written to my 3 local newspaper editors here in Los Angeles urging them to stop allowing these ads. I believe Craigslist did this a long time ago.

    • Anonymous

      So sad. I’ll never get used to the pieces of work called humans that could torture and kill puppies. It is so disturbing it makes me physically sick. Sweet, precious little puppies of all things.

    • Yes, this is not tolerable and these kind of criminal acts must be prosecuted by law.

  • NothomealoneMA

    One way pets become homeless, or thrust into a shelter, is the emergency situation of their owner going into the hospital and having no pet care capability. You are honoring Bev Thompson who, from 2009 on, managed the program at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, a program I created in 2005.
    Via a special project of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals called NOT HOME ALONE I am in touch with people all over the country who want to srart similar programs. If you receive queries, please do send them on to me via The website is and a Facebook page is in the works.

    • Great programs always work well for years. Programs of this sort will work well, as the number of supporters for the homeless animals are more.

  • Edfritz

    Love the picture!

    go bulldogs!

  • Alwyslookup

    Would you consider telecasting the conference in the future, or moving it from las Vegas? I am unable to travel there as I cannot support the exploitation of women and their enslavement and abuse — much like helpless animals. I find Best Friend’s support of Vegas to be contradictory with the mission of every life has value.

    • Mxipp

      Disclaimer: I am not a fan of LV — the only time I go there is for the NMHP conference.

      But – but when you condemn the city for the “exploitation and enslavement” of women are you referring to the showgiirls and cocktails waitresses with their ridiculous outfits? If so, you should know most of them belong to a very good union which is a big reason they are firmly in the middle class home-owning part of the population, unlike their counterparts in other communities.

      If you are referrring to legalized prostittuion you should be aware that prostitution is not legal in Las Vegas.

  • I have seen many homeless pets around my place, but never tried of a way to help them, even though I had some kind of a thought in my mind to help them.

  • Bcox19

    I love no kill animal shelters. I love all animals and I have a special place in my heart for animals. I would love to hear more. My husband picks on me and tells people that I love animals more than people. Haha the funny thing is I think he is right!

  • Janis

    I have been involved with animal rescue since I moved to the Rio Grande Valley, TX in 2004. I understand about education, spay & neuter, robust rescue and adoption. No matter how many animals we rescue, we adopt out one and 5 come in. The only no kill shelter in Port Isabel TX (Laguna Madre Humane Society) is being taken back by the city and will probably be a kill shelter. The quickest solution is get a mobile spay/neuter service, drive into communities where the majority of animals come from, and spay/neuter as many as possible. Sometimes I just want to move somewhere where there is more progress in finding homes for homeless animals. We have so many wonderful adoptable animals, few very hard-working volunteers, and few foster homes so the rescues have 15-50 animals.
    I look forward to your thoughts. If we can find anyone to take any animals we can figure out transport. We had a great success story where an dog was microchipped, found in Brownsville TX and returned to Alabama through Pilots for Paws.
    Saving one dog (and cat) at a time, Janis

  • I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited. I’m always stumped as to how to participate in such a needed goal, other than donating (which is becoming more and more difficult), or by volunteering (always a PLUS), but I want to do MORE! Maybe participate in group activites with others interested in the same goals. I’m THRILLED. Can’t WAIT to hear from you.

  • Anonymous

    I also wanted to add a couple of obvious observations. Education of children is paramount in responsible pet ownership and breaking the cycle of irresponsible pet ownership. Also, it would be nice if people were required to pay a certain amount at a shelter if they had to give up their pet for whatever reason to help fund the shelter better hopefully providing better care to the animals. I volunteer at a dog and cat rescue and know that there are people feverishly pulling animals from shelters on their last day and fostering them. There are some great networks but until we get the numbers of unwanted animals down by more spaying and neutering and less breeding of dogs and cats, etc. the need for a long-term facility that gives these animals a quality of life similar to Best Friends is necessary unless more people can foster these animals because right now the reality is that some of these dogs and cats are being fostered for years because they have one or two issues that keep them from being attractive to being adopted. Also, as long as some people can get animals cheaper then from a rescue or humane society they will try if they just don’t care. I believe we have to change the cultures of regions, break the cycle of irresponsible ownership, have a long-term plan for the hard to adopt animals that gives them a quality of life and definitely getting those numbers down dramatically in the breeding of animals.

  • I started my blog because there are so many ways that people annoy me – they are cruel to animals, they abandon them, they use them for entertainment, all of this has got to stop. So YES – No more homeless animals!

    • That is absolutely a great initiative and I am ready to participate on everything you do that can save the homeless animals. Thanks a lot for this initiative. If everyone can think this way, I am sure there will be no homeless animals.

  • Anonymous

    Good news. I believe it is a matter of changing a regional culture. In some areas of the country more people are less inclined to spay or neuter their pets, have fenced back yards, walk their dogs, are more inclined to let cats run loose, have no problem with backyard breeding or seeing someone in a parking lot selling free kittens. But amazingly there are some areas in the country that for whatever reason don’t find all of the above acceptable. It will always be a work in progress changing people’s minds about responsible, compassionate animal ownership.

  • Wonderful idea! Look forward to hearing more.

  • Lovefelines2003

    This will be great – I want to know how we can get Los Angeles City and County Shelters to that point……….

  • Allisouth

    Great! I just finished reading “Redemption” and am fired up for a No Kill nation!