June is for Kitties!!!!

I love June! The weather gets nicer (which means that people should get a little nicer), vacations are on the horizon, and it’s ADOPT A SHELTER CAT MONTH!  Woo Hoo … let the party begin! There are just far far far too many cats in U.S. shelters all year-round. But in the Spring/Summer/Fall months when […]

Shocking that this still happens in America

Did you know that some states still condone killing shelter animals in a gas chamber? Only these states have outlawed it to date: Banned for all animals (including ferals and wildlife): Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wyoming Banned only for cats and dogs: Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New […]

Moral dilemma of words

As I was writing my next book (Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets which is now in editing), I struggled with whether to use the word “euthanize” or “kill” when addressing the shelter animal overpopulation crisis. Over the past few years, the No-Kill Advocacy movement has grown and encourages animal […]

Changing the soring rates of euthanasia.

This story from Erie County, Pennsylvania about the soaring number of cats entering shelters is tragic. These cats have a certain destiny of being euthanized and really points to a bigger problem. It’s easy to blame the shelters who have to euthanize because they ran out of space, or they don’t have enough adoptive homes. […]