30 Things You Can Do To Save 4 million Companion Animals

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Every day, more than 11,000 animals are killed in America’s shelters simply

because they don’t have a safe place to call home. But this doesn’t have to

happen.

Here are 30 things you can do to get more animals adopted.

1. Adopt your next pet rather than buying one online or from a pet store

supplied by puppy mills.

2. Spay or neuter your pets.

3. Volunteer at your local shelter or rescue group.

4. Donate to your local rescue group..

5. Tell others about the lifesaving impact of adoption and spay/neuter.

6. Hold a garage sale and give the profits to your local shelter.

7. Share Facebook posts about adoptable animals.

8. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper focused on making your

community no-kill.

9. Tweet about adoption events and spay/neuter promotions with the

hashtag #SaveThemAll.

10. Advocate for lifesaving legislation in your community and nationwide by

joining Voices for No More Homeless Pets at bestfriends.org/yourvoice.

11. Share success stories about rescued animals and rescue groups in your community

12. Participate in a trap/neuter/return program for community cats.

13. Manage a community cat colony.

14. Donate food, toys and other supplies to your local animal shelter or

rescue group.

15. Volunteer to play with and socialize the animals at your local shelter.

16. Walk a dog from your local shelter, with the pet wearing an “Adopt Me”

bandana.

17. Shop at your local shelter’s thrift shop or gift store.

18. Help your local shelter redesign its website or develop new promotions.

19. Get local business owners and clubs to take on a project to help a local

shelter.

20. Collect cans and bottles for a rebate and donate the proceeds to your

local shelter or rescue group.

21. Offer rides to pets going from an animal shelter or rescue group to their

new, happy homes.

22. Foster an adoptable pet.

23. Photograph adoptable pets for your local shelter or rescue group to

promote via social media.

24. Participate in annual local rescue fundraisers..

25. Promote adoption events among your colleagues and friends.

26. Learn about the animal welfare challenges in your community, and

educate others about lifesaving solutions.

27. Fight breed discrimination by advocating for better legislation.

28. Change misperceptions about rescued animals and specific breeds by

spreading the idea that every animal is an individual worth saving.

29. Lobby your local government for fair funding of your community’s

municipal animal shelter.

30. Join Green Pets America.com as a foster parent or volunteer.

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Another Vision For No Kill – GREEN no-kill ANIMAL COMMUNITIES

Green Pets America Vision

The Vision of Green Pets America is to extend and link the green movement to the animal welfare movement; to end the dumping, discarding and destroying 4 million healthy and happy companion animals in America’s animal shelters yearly.

If it is the right thing to go green and recycle refuse is it not also as important, if not more so, to go green and recycle happy, health dogs and cats as well.

Our mission is to totally change the animal care system in America by the creation of “Green no-kill Animal Communities”. Regional destination centers that animal lovers will go to adopt, celebrate, care for animals and mingle with one another.

Every year Americans discard 8 million dogs and cats. Our shelters adopt out 4 million and destroy the remaining 4 million. This tragedy must end. We must become a Green Pets Nation. Please join with Green Pets America to advocate for going green!

Americans want a policy of “rescue & recycle” not “discard & destroy”. We can save over 4 million pets annually by recycling, not euthanizing Americas shelter pets. To achieve this goal we are working to open the first green animal community center in Georgia, north of Atlanta.

Green Pets America believes a more intelligent, efficient and humane way to care for shelter and homeless animals in America is possible and has developed a six-part strategy to accomplish it. The SIX Part Strategy focuses on:

  1. GREEN no-kill ANIMAL COMMUNITIES
  2. GREEN SANCTUARIES
  3. ADULT & KIDS EDUCATION
  4. SPAY & NEUTER
  5. COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
  6. ADOPTION STORES

The corner-stone to changing our animal care system in America will be the creation of “Green no-kill Animal Communities”. Regional destination centers that animal lovers will go to adopt, celebrate,care for animals and mingle with one another.

There are numerous places for people to come together to participate in activities they enjoy. For example our county has two aquatic centers for swimmers, a beautiful regional bike trail park for bikers, two YMCA centers, a senior center,two very small 1 acre dog fence parks. There are other facilities based on interest for the community as well. But although over 65 % of the public are animal owners there is really no large significant place for animal lovers to come together for activities and education. We will change that…think Disneyland for animal lovers and their family pets.

Green no-kill Animal Communities®

  • Our first Green no kill Animal Community will be built on 30 acres of beautiful open green spaces with multiple green designed buildings in Cherokee or Cobb County. Picture a fun and beautiful one stop place for all things pets. The 30 acres would be a place for animal and human interaction and physical activities such as dog shows, dog agility events, pet merchandise store selling pet food, pet clothes, pet treats etc. A building for dog training, people animal training, animal welfare education. An adoption store with adoption areas for local shelters and rescue groups to bring their pets for adoption. A food concession stand. A veterinary facility for public animal wellness exams, annual shots and exams. A spay & neuter facility. A green dog park, walking trails and lots of open and wooded spaces for events, fairs and other outdoor animal focus activities. Picture a Disneyland for animals and animal lovers to come together and spend the day together as a community.

About Green Pets America

Green Pets America was founded in 2006. Our  mission is rescue and animal welfare advocacy. We work daily to end neglect, abuse, cruelty and exploitation of animals, ensuring that their interests and well-being are humanely protected as we work to end the 125 year old failed practice of euthanizing 4 million pets annually in America.

Green Pets America is a IRS Certified 501c3 nonprofit. We have been awarded the Gold Star seal for transparency and trust from Guide Star, America’s highest non-profit rating agency. Additionally Green Pets America received the humanitarian recognition from the State of Georgia Senate for serving Georgia’s families and animals.

We are a no kill green recycle and adopt organization, dedicated to finding safe loving homes for all adoptable pets we rescue.  We are proud to be a part of the no kill solution to ending pet homelessness and abuse in America

If you want to SAVE 4 million dogs & cats yearly please join with us. Any donation will make a difference.

We have received the highest level “GuideStar Gold Award” for transparency and trust.

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Americas new mantra “Rescue & Recycle” not “Dump & Destroy”

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Our mission at Green Pets America Communities is to end the 125 year old failed practice of euthanizing 4 million pets annually in America’s animal shelters. Every year Americans discard 8 million dogs and cats. Our shelters adopt out 4 million and destroy the remaining 4 million. This tragedy must end. We must become a Green Pets Society. We must “Rescue & Recycle” not “Dump & Destroy”

Please join with Green Pets America to advocate for going green! Rescue & Recycle must be our new animal welfare policy in America:There is a loving home out there for all homeless discarded animals.

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The American No Kill Animal Resolution

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The American No Kill Resolution

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I. Preamble

One hundred and fifty years ago, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and other humane organizations were founded to establish standards for humane treatment of animals, to promote their rights, and to protect them from harm. This marked the formal beginning of the humane movement in the United States.

The scope and influence of these early humane organizations were testament to the public’s concern for animals. It did not take long for them to set their sights on the abuse of homeless animals and cruel methods of killing by public pounds. It was common practice at the time for city and town dog-catcher to beat, drown, or shoot homeless animals.

Many humane agencies responded by entering into animal control contracts with towns and cities to ensure that the killing was done more humanely. But in taking on municipal animal control duties, these agencies abandoned their lifesaving and life-enhancing platforms when those beliefs conflicted with their contractual responsibilities. In the current era, where laws require killing by even more “humane” methods, these contradictions have become starker.

Increasingly, the practices of both humane societies and municipal animal control agencies are out of step with public sentiment. Today, most Americans hold the humane treatment of animals as a personal value, which is reflected in our laws, cultural practices, the proliferation of organizations founded for animal protection, increased per capita spending on animal care, and great advancements in veterinary medicine. But the agencies that the public expects to protect animals are instead killing some four million animals annually.

Lifesaving alternatives to the mass killing of animals in shelters have existed for decades. These lifesaving methods are based on innovative, humane, nonlethal programs and services that have proven that the killing can be brought to an end. Too many of these agencies, however, remain mired in the kill philosophies of the past, unwilling to or hampered from exploring and adopting methods that save lives. This is a breach of their public trust, a gross deviation from their responsibility to protect animals, and a point of view that we, as caring people and a humane community, can no longer accept or tolerate.

We assert that a No Kill nation is within our reach—that the killing can and must be brought to an end. It is up to each of us working individually and together to implement sheltering models that have already saved tens of thousands of animals in progressive communities. If we work together—with certainty of purpose, assured of our own success, with the commitment that “what must be done, will be done”—the attainment of our goals will not be far off.

 

II. No Kill Resolution

Whereas, the right to live is every animal’s most basic and fundamental right;

Whereas, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and other humane organizations were founded to establish standards for humane treatment of animals, to promote their rights, and to protect them from harm;

Whereas, traditional sheltering practices allow the mass killing of sheltered animals;

Whereas, every year shelters in the United States are killing millions of animals who could be saved, and are also killing millions of free-living animals who do not belong in shelters;

Whereas, life always takes precedence over expediency;

Whereas, the No Kill movement in the United States has successfully implemented new and innovative programs that provide alternatives to mass killing;

Whereas, lifesaving change will come about only if No Kill programs are embraced and further developed;

Whereas, failure to implement No Kill programs constitutes a breach of the public’s trust in the sheltering community;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that No Kill policies and procedures are the only legitimate foundation for animal sheltering; and,

It is incumbent upon all shelters and animal groups to embrace the philosophy of No Kill, to immediately begin implementing programs and services that will end the mass killing of sheltered animals, and to reject the failed kill-oriented practices of the past.

 

III. Statement of Rights

We acknowledge the following:

  • Sheltered animals have a right to live;
  • Free-living animals have a right to their lives and their habitats;
  • Animals, rescuers, and the public have a right to expect animal protection organizations and animal shelters to do everything in their power to promote, protect, and advocate for the lives of animals;
  • Animal protection groups, rescue groups, and No Kill shelters have a right to take into their custody animals who would otherwise be killed by animal shelters;
  • Taxpayers and community members have a right to have their government spend tax monies on programs and services whose purpose is to save and enhance the lives of all animals;
  • Taxpayers and community members have a right to full and complete disclosure about how animal shelters operate.

 

IV. Guiding Principles

No Kill is achieved only by guaranteeing the following:

  • Life to all healthy animals, and to all sick, injured or traumatized animals where medical or behavioral intervention would alter a poor or grave prognosis;

·     The right of sanctuary for aggressive dogs where behavior intervention cannot alter a poor or grave prognosis;

  • The right of free-living animals to live in their habitats;

These conditions can be achieved only through adherence to the following:

  • Shelters and humane groups end the killing of savable animals;
  • Every animal in a shelter receives individual consideration, regardless of how many animals a shelter takes in, or whether such animals are healthy, underaged, elderly, sick, injured, traumatized, or not social with humans;
  • Shelters and humane organizations discontinue the use of language that misleads the public and glosses over the nature of their actions, such as “euthanasia,” “unadoptable,” “fractious,” “putting them to sleep,” and other euphemisms that downplay the gravity of ending life and make the task of killing easier;
  • Shelters are open to the public during hours that permit working people to reclaim or adopt animals during non working hours;
  •        Public shelters work with humane animal adoption organizations to the fullest extent to promote the adoption of animals and to reduce the rate of killing;
  • Shelters provide care and treatment for all animals in shelters to the extent necessary, including prompt veterinary care, adequate nutrition, shelter, exercise, and socialization;
  • Shelters are held accountable for and make information publicly available about all the animals in their care.

 

V. No Kill Standards

The implementation of these lifesaving procedures, policies, and programs must be the immediate goal of every shelter, and animal control and animal welfare agency:

  • Formal, active commitment by shelter directors, management, and staff to lifesaving programs and policies, and dedication to promptly ending mass killing of shelter animals;
  • Immediate implementation of the following programs by all publicly funded or subsidized animal shelters:
  • An end to the policy of accepting trapped free-living animals to be destroyed as unadoptable, and implementation of re-release programs;
  • Abolishment of trapping, lending traps to the public to capture animals, and support of trapping by shelters, governments, and pest control companies for the purposes of removing animals to be killed;
  • An end to “owner”-requested killing of animals unless the shelter has made an independent determination that the animal is irremediably suffering;
  • The repeal of unenforceable and counter-productive animal control ordinances such as cat licensing and leash laws, pet limit laws, bans on feeding stray animals, and bans on specific breeds.
  • A foster care network for underaged, traumatized, sick, injured, or other animals needing refuge before any sheltered animal is killed, unless the prognosis for rehabilitation of that individual animal is poor or grave;
  • Comprehensive adoption programs that operate during weekend and evening hours and include offsite adoption venues;
  • Medical and behavioral rehabilitation programs;
  • Pet retention programs to solve medical, environmental, or behavioral problems and keep animals with their caring and responsible caregivers;
  • Programs to release free-living animals back to their habitats;
  • Rescue group right of access to shelter animals;
  • Volunteer programs to socialize animals, promote adoptions, and help in the operations of the shelter;
  • Documentation that all efforts to save an animal have been considered, including medical and behavioral rehabilitation, foster care, rescue groups, re-release, and adoption.

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The Thanksgiving Cat

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Thanksgiving, for most of us, is a day for family and friends; a pleasant day with lots of great food and often a houseful of guests. However, for your cat, Thanksgiving can be a living nightmare.

With lots of people coming and going, the doorbell ringing constantly, and major changes in the household routine, Thanksgiving can be an extremely stressful time for your cat. Unfortunately, stress and cats do not generally go well together. Stressful situations can make your cat anxious and frightened. They can also cause your cat to become ill. There are many stress-related feline diseases, with interstitial cystitis (urinary tract disease) being among the most common and most well-known of these diseases. Other diseases that can be caused by stress include intestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and even respiratory diseases like asthma can be antagonized by stress. While it may not be practical to keep to your regular household routine on Thanksgiving, there are steps you can take to make your cat more comfortable and reduce the stress level for him.

  • Make sure your cat has a quiet, safe, private area that he can retreat to if he feels the need. This area should be restricted from your house guests so that your cat can rest undisturbed. An unused bedroom or bathroom will work for this purpose.
  • Provide your cat with a litter box and with a food and water station in his safe place. A bed or a soft towel or blanket which keeps your cat comfortable while resting should be provided as well. If your cat is acclimated to his carrier and feels safe there, consider placing his carrier in the safe room with him. Leave the carrier open so that your cat can enter and exit at will.
  • Play a radio, television or CD in your cat’s safe room to provide background noise and mask the sounds of the festivities in other areas of the house. Classical music is a good choice.
  • Feliway is a synthetic pheromone that can be used to reduce your cat’s stress level. It is available as a diffuser or as a spray. Either form is effective and can be used to help calm your cat during stressful periods such as Thanksgiving.
  • There are also other natural remedies, such as Rescue Remedy for Cats, which can be helpful in providing a calming effect for your cat. Never use any remedy for your cat that does not specifically say that is safe for cats on the label. Some medications, natural or pharmaceutical, are safe for dogs but not for cats.
  • If your cat becomes especially anxious or fearful, sedatives such as alprazolam (Xanax) can also be considered, particularly if the natural remedies prove to be ineffective or only partly effective. Talk to your vet about whether this would be appropriate for your cat.

Your cat will thank you for giving him the opportunity to escape from people and activity with which he feels uncomfortable. Of course, there are some cats that enjoy the added attention and the tempting smells that come with Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving dinner. If your cat is in this category, let him enjoy the festivities. Having his own private room or even an open carrier he can sneak away to will still give your cat the opportunity to take a break from the action if he finds it necessary.

 Article Courtesy Dr. Lorie Huston

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