Companion Animal Right to Life Act


 “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Gandhi


Congressional Leaders. Please answer this question that over 100 million companion animal owners – and voters – in America are asking.


Companion animals are like family members to most Americans, They sleep in our beds, they protect us, they unconditionally love us, Our police, government and military K 9 companion animals keep our cities, counties and Nation secure, and have given their lives to protect us. Our therapy dogs help the disabled, the young, the elderly, the blind and those in hospitals and nursing homes. They are right there with our first responders in time of need in disasters. They hunt with us, play with us and even teach us and our children compassion and love. How can we turn a deaf ear, a blind eye and a cold heart to them when they are in need. When they are thrown out of their homes, how can we not show them compassion? When they then need us, when they become homeless, How can we kill them?

America was founded on the highest human values. America was and still remains a moral nation. In this country of reverence and respect for life, creativity, justice and a can do spirit is killing 4 million healthy homeless shelter companion animals every year the only answer to our homeless animal challenge?

I’ve been the founder and executive Director of an animal welfare organization in Atlanta Georgia since 2005. We have provided spay & neuter, food pantries, and death row animal rescue and foster homes and adoptions. We have worked cooperatively with other rescue organizations across America. We have worked with local animal shelter directors, city and county leaders. We have been recognized by the Georgia Senate and City of Woodstock for our efforts on behalf of Georgia’s families and companion animals. We have written a best seller book, RESCUE RENEW REHOME. We publish a daily companion animal magazine, write weekly blogs and are active on social media and speak on animal welfare reform. Despite these 11 years of concentrated effort on our part and that of our loyal thousands of supporters and fellow companion animal lovers we must acknowledge that only a small dent has been made by us and every local and national welfare groups, including HSUS, ASPCA, Best Friends, and PETA  to end the killing of 4 million companion animals every year in America.

The ASPCA, American Society for Prevention Cruelty to Animals, was founded in 1866 by Henry Bergh in New York City, to end the cruelty to animals. Today 150 years later we are still killing healthy and innocent companion animals in America. Every year across America approximately 3,500,000 to 4,000,000 companion animals are killed in America. To put it bluntly, Animal welfare in America is broken. We are not living up to our moral greatness.  I and millions of companion animal lovers in America are fed up. We no longer accept the status quo. And we no longer accept the broken promises of those elected and those in animal welfare who are supposed to save the lives of our homeless and shelter animals.

We are not going to take it any longer. We are fed up trying to get America’s government run animal shelters to change and come into the 21st century.

American’s have come to the conclusion that the only way to end the killings is to enact a National Act, to make it illegal across America to kill healthy companion animals.

Working around the margins like HSUS, ASPCA, PETA and Best Friends is doing will take another 150 years to end the killings. If the average number of killings was only 1.5 million not 4 million, since the ASPCA was founded to end the cruelty to companion animals we have killed over 225,000,000 healthy companion animals. If we continue at that rate for another 150 years we will kill another 225 Million pets. The carnage and killing cannot continue. These are not the actions of the great and moral nation we were founded on, and still are in our hearts still.

Doing the same thing… and expecting different results is like Einstein said…INSANE

My last great hurrah, before I depart this world is to help lead the efforts of America’s 100 million animal lovers to ensure a national law is enacted to end the killings of America’s innocent sentient beings, our faithful and loving companion animals. To accomplish that we have created the COMPANION ANIMALS RIGHT TO LIFE ACT – C.A.R.L.A. ​

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Let’s Stop Lying and Stop Using the Words Euthanize and Animal Shelter

In our book RESCUE RENEW REHOME we laid out 20 intelligently thought out points to dramatically increase homeless pet adoptions in America. A 20 point program to end the killing of 4 million dogs and cats in our animal shelters each year. For this article we want to share with you point number #20.

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 To me this was the most difficult point to create. While the others are logical and use un-common, common sense, developed in our 10 years in dog rescue this last point was the hardest to say out loud.

I always try to be optimistic. I try to never judge anyone. I practice Zen and meditation and try to always focus on happiness. So this final point has weighed hard on my soul. But I could not write this book unless I expressed what I felt in my heart.

And that is: If we are to finally end the killing of healthy, loving, homeless animals in America we must speak the truth.  We must look inside ourselves and really ask, why do we allow 4 million animals to be killed every year in America?

The first reason we kill shelter animals is because as I said earlier in this book… we are a disposable society. If we don’t like it we get rid of it. If something shinier comes along we get rid of it. If our pet acts out we get rid of it. If we tire of it we get rid of it.

The other reason is because as humans we always prefer to run from and avoid reality…and  then lie to ourselves about it to make ourselves “feel good” rather than speak words of truth and own what we have done.

What are the two lies we tell ourselves?

The two lies are the two words we use to make ourselves feel good about doing something bad…something real bad…killing.

To deny it to ourselves we use two nice sounding words “Shelter” and “Euthanize”


But Shelter is not a truthful word. The definition of a shelter is …a place of safety and refuge. A shelter saves lives and brings help and hope to those that go there. So knowing that – why do we continue to lie to ourselves and use the word “shelter” when our supposed shelters are not shelters?  What do you call a place that kills the homeless beings that come to it? I don’t need to name it, but we all know that “shelter” is not the name.

The other lie we tell ourselves to stay in denial and feel good about ourselves is the word “euthanize“.We tell ourselves that we “euthanize” homeless pets. We should use the word of truth –  which is kill, not the lie of euthanize.

 The definition of euthanize: (Medicine) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness.

What incurable illness do our 4 million homeless animals have?  What suffering do these 4 million homeless animals endure? And the procedure most shelters use is not a 2 step euthanize, but a one step. And that one step is not painless!  What we are doing is killing. We must stop killing and stop using the word euthanize.

We must be honest with ourselves and our children and talk words of truth. The truth shall set you free. And if we start telling the truth we will set our souls free from the horrible burden we are bringing upon our society, by allowing innocent animals to be killed, while we use words that lie, keep us in denial and cover it up.

Steve Monahan, founder

Green Pets America

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It’s Black Dog Friday today.

It’s Black Dog Friday today

 Please adopt a black shelter dog the least adopted most killed of all America’s shelter dogs.

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The 5 Most Important Facts about Ebola and Your Pets

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The ongoing epidemic of Ebola has raised questions about how the disease affects the animal population, and in particular, the risk to household pets. While the information available suggests that the virus may be found in several kinds of animals, CDC, the US Department of Agriculture, and the American Veterinary Medical Association do not believe that pets are at significant risk for Ebola in the United States.

1. Can dogs get infected or sick with Ebola?

At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola. There is limited evidence that dogs become infected with Ebola virus, but there is no evidence that they develop disease.

2. In the United States, are our dogs and cats at risk of becoming sick with Ebola?

The risk of an Ebola outbreak affecting multiple people in the United States is very low. Therefore, the risk to pets is also very low, as they would have to come into contact with blood and body fluids of a person with Ebola. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola.

3. Can I get Ebola from my dog or cat?

At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or animals. The chances of a dog or cat being exposed to Ebola virus in the United States is very low as they would have to come into contact with blood and body fluids of a symptomatic person sick with Ebola.

4. What if there is a pet in the home of an Ebola patient?

CDC recommends that public health officials in collaboration with a veterinarian evaluate the pet’s risk of exposure to the virus (close contact or exposure to blood or body fluids of an Ebola patient). Based on this evaluation as well as the specific situation, local and state human and animal health officials will determine how the pet should be handled.

5. Can I get my dog or cat tested for Ebola?

There would not be any reason to test a dog or cat for Ebola if there was no exposure to a person infected with Ebola. Currently, routine testing for Ebola is not available for pets.


View the CDC website for Ebola and Pets updates.

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When all the Animals Are Gone

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 “When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money”

Cree Prophecy

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What is a “Green” Animal Shelter?

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People often ask me; how did you come up with the name Green Pets America. They generally say I understand pets, and America, but why green? They laugh and ask are your rescued dogs green? Well they aren’t green, but green is very important to us. Green plants us {excuse the pun} into the green movement.  

What is the green movement?

The green movement as we think of it today has evolved considerably since the early days. To understand the modern green movement, we have to trace its origins back to the beginning.

So, let’s get started: While many people associate the beginning of the green movement with Rachel Carson’s breakthrough book Silent Spring green environmentalism is in fact rooted in the intellectual thought of the 1830s and 1840s. In fact, the “environmental movement” is a significant thread in the fabric of American philosophical thought most famously accredited to Henry David Thoreau. And later tangibly expanded upon during the era of American pragmatism in the latter half of the 19th century. Green Environmentalism is at once innovative and practical, idealistic and active, one could easily define modern environmentalism as quintessentially American.

“Green Conservation is as American as Teddy Roosevelt”

Though the federal government had begun taking actions to preserve our open lands in the late 1800’s, it was Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir who publicized and popularized conservation. Teddy’s visit to Yosemite in 1903 gained national publicity. By 1916 the National Park Service had been established with leadership by Stephen Mather.

But just as swiftly, the World Wars – sandwiching the traumatic Great Depression – forced environmental concerns to the background of public thought. While the Sierra Club continued to grow rapidly and became instrumental in establishing many vast National parks during these years, environmentalism as we know it today was not a concern for most Americans – or, consequently, the federal government.

It would take disasters and threats to bring environmental issues out of the sciences into the mainstream America again. Green environmentalism in America today is defined as leaders who advocate and educate for the sustainable management of resources and stewardship of the land and the environment through changes in public policy and individual behavior.

And, in its recognition of humanity as a participant in (not enemy of) ecosystems, the movement is centered on wellness, ecology, health, and human and animal rights.”

What is a Green Business?

What does it really mean to be a green business? Sure, many businesses are talking the green talk, but are they really walking the green walk?

  • People, Planet, Profit  – Triple Bottom Business Line
  • People, Planet, Pets, Profit   – Quadruple Bottom Business Line

A  “green business” has the environment, a social benefit to America, as well as profit. Hence the term Triple Bottom Line; standing for Profit, People, and Planet.

Essentially, the triple bottom line takes ecological and social performance seriously, building it into a three-part organization model that functions along three axes: people, planet, and profit. In other words, rather than considering only profit in measuring a business’ success, the triple bottom line gets companies thinking beyond money to social and environmental factors as well

“Green” is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days to refer to all types of things. From consumer goods, to automobiles, to building to lifestyle choices, everyone’s talking green.

At the very core, green businesses choose to operate in an earth-friendly fashion. They work to adapt their policies, practices, and principles so that they produce a positive result for the environment–whether they’re trying to solve an environmental or societal problem, or they’re just attempting to produce a product that has a smaller footprint.

Green Pets America is a green non-profit business. We have to mentally operate as a profit business however to carefully manage our resources and assets. We however go one step further. We add one more criteria. We expand from a triple bottom line to a quadruple bottom line. We add Pets. Our “Green” definition is People, Planet, Profit, and Pets.

So, in practical terms what does “Green” in our name have to do with the green movement? It means many things on multiple levels. It ties us into the green movement. People, who understand and respect green, understand our values. They understand and relate to our mission and goals. Green is a mission and a value to us. It means we focus on the triple bottom line as any good 21st century business, planet, people, and profits.

But we also add pets. Those who practice “green” understand the desire to not dispose of garbage and pollute our waters and land. Those who respect our planet and people and businesses making profit understand if we should not dispose of garbage, shouldn’t we not dispose of our animals as well. So it means don’t dump, discard and dispose of 4 million shelter animals a year. To us green means recycle, it means fresh and new and sustainable. We educate about the green concept of rescue and recycle. Recycle means adoption. It means foster homes. It means save lives, not destroy lives.

And Green means community animal shelters that are built green. Green shelters protect the environment. They save money for taxpayers. They are cheaper to maintain. They respect the land. And green shelters are good for the animals and the employees and volunteers who work there. Green shelters are open and airy. They are beautiful places for the communities’ citizens to go reclaim a lost dog or adopt an abandoned dog or cat. Green shelters save more animals.

Green Pets America – the leaders in eco green shelters. The future of animal welfare in America”

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