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Los Angeles will be the largest no-kill city in the country!

The Best Friends Animal Society has worked long and hard to achieve non-killer status in the United States. So far, Delaware is the only state that is considered absolutely non-killable. But city after city, dog lovers are helping to reduce euthanasia. Hopefully we’ll reach no-kill status across the country soon!

Now Los Angeles is finally considered a “no-kill” city. This makes it the largest no-kill city in the country! We still have a long way to go to address the dog overpopulation problem, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. And it’s a reason to celebrate.

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Fight for rescue dogs

In 2012, Best Friends started the No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) initiative. Their goal was to reduce euthanasia by applying spay and neuter procedures in the areas where they were most needed. That way, fewer animals would end up in the shelters, so dogs could be adopted faster.

When NKLA began, Los Angeles only had 56% of the dogs and cats that made it out of the city shelters alive. Many of the other animals were euthanized to make room.

By 2018, the NKLA had already recorded a positive increase in the number of rescued dogs. This year the initiative supported 7,500 spay and neuter surgeries and helped find homes for 24,000 dogs and cats. Their efforts only helped from there. By 2020, the city of Los Angeles had achieved “no-kill” status.

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“It is difficult to overestimate the size of this moment and its place in the history of the no-kill movement. NKLA has shown what is possible when a whole community works together, ”said Julie Castle, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society. “By expanding this collaborative model nationwide, Best Friends’ goal of making every community in the US a no-kill by 2025 will become even more a reality.”

Reaching the no-kill status

In 2020, Los Angeles had a savings rate of 90.49%. A city only needs to have 90% or more to be considered a no-kill. This is because around 10% of animals entering shelters have to be euthanized for medical reasons so as not to save space.

2020 was a tough year for many, but animal shelters flourished. Two animal shelters in LA have closed, but many animal shelters across the country have been overwhelmed with adoptions. Some animal shelters have even temporarily adopted all of their dogs. To compensate for the shelters being closed, LA Animal Services, Best Friends and 150 of the NKLA partners worked together. They made sure that as many pets as possible were cared for and adopted during the pandemic.

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“Working together is key to saving lives, and this coalition has undoubtedly proven it,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of LA Animal Services. “We are very grateful to Best Friends, our many rescue partners, staff, volunteers, and the community who responded to caring for and adopting the animals in our centers during the pandemic, which has helped our life save rate of 90.49 percent to be reached by the end of 2020. “

But the fight is not over yet. One day, Best Friends hopes that all cities will not be killed. Too many pets die in shelters because not enough people are adopting. Please remember to help in any way you can. Adoption, sponsorship, volunteering, donation, and dissemination are all good ways to make a difference. Hopefully one day dogs around the world will have the opportunity to experience a loving home.

H / T: foxla.com
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