Lollypop Farm kills animals - not just the sick, injured or aggressive ones, but also healthy and adoptable animals at a shocking rate. This petition is to ask that Lollypop Farm stop the killing. Not in 5 years or the next year, but today, right now. A No Kill shelter is not just a theory; it can be a reality for Lollypop Farm. Hundreds of shelters around the country are welcoming No Kill with open arms. The No Kill equation requires several components – feral cat TNR program, high-volume/low-cost spay neuter, working closely with rescue groups, foster care, comprehensive adoption programs, pet retention programs, medical and behavior programs, public relations/community involvement, volunteers, proactive redemptions, and most importantly – a compassionate director. Lollypop Farm has many of these programs currently in place. By utilizing these programs every time and take killing off the table, Lollypop Farm can help save lives versus taking so many away.
“We have the power to build a new consensus, which rejects killing as a method for achieving results. And we can look forward to a time when the wholesale slaughter of animals in shelters is viewed as a cruel aberration of the past. We have a choice. We can fully, completely, and without reservation embrace No Kill as our future. Or we can continue to legitimize the two-pronged strategy of failure: adopt a few and kill the rest. It is a choice which history has thrown upon us. We are the generation that questioned the killing. We are the generation that has discovered how to stop it. Will we be the generation that does?” Nathan Winograd
What is No Kill? How can Lollypop Farm achieve No Kill? What about aggressive dogs, feral cats, and kittens and puppies? Aren’t there too many pets and not enough homes? Is No Kill expensive? How do we afford it?
Please read “No Kill 101: A Primer on No Kill Animal Control Sheltering for Public Officials, which dispels the myths of No Kill and reviews the No Kill Equation, and Dollars and Sense: The Economic Benefits of No Kill Animal Control.
These publications can be found at http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/nokill101.pdf and http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/dollars.pdf respectively.
Another tool available to Lollypop Farm is playgroups. Using playgroups to assess behavior is far more effective at determining temperament, instead of relying solely on in-room testing. Playgroups help reduce kennel stress and aggression in an animal that would not normally be aggressive, if not for its unfortunate circumstance of ending up in a shelter. Playgroups can reduce the unneeded killing of these dogs. (More info on play groups can be found here: http://animalfarmfoundation.org/pages/Playgroups)
A large part of No Kill is community involvement. In a recent edition of Lollypop News, Alice Calabrese stated community support and involvement was necessary to make No Kill possible. Community support is blatantly clear by the amount of donations Lollypop Farm receives on a very regular basis and by the vast number of supporters and contributors. Lollypop Farm is a household name, one that could be used to do great things for the animals, not just some of the animals some of the time, but MOST of the animals ALL of the time. This petition is proof the community will fully embrace Lollypop Farm’s decision to go No Kill. Lollypop Farm CAN and SHOULD go No Kill. I encourage Lollypop Farm to give the animals and their community a chance to make it possible.
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