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A commendable legislative measure to spare more pets - Our Take - BradentonHerald.com - 0 views

  • intends to phase out euthanasia and progressively increase the pet “live release” rate from 61 percent to above 90 percent sometime next year. Only terminally ill, injured and suffering pets as well as vicious dogs will continue to be euthanized.
  • Manatee pet rescue and animal welfare organizations aim to boost pet fostering and adoption and promote free or low cost spay and neutering programs.
  • Thus, it would be illegal for shelters to kill animals when a qualified non-profit rescue organization expresses a willingness to spare the creature.
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  • requiring public animal control agencies and shelters maintain a registry of private rescue groups willing to take animals earmarked for euthanasia.
  • Animal advocates point to a No Kill Nation statewide survey of rescue groups that shows 63 percent of the organizations encountered a government shelter that rejected a collaborative approach and killed animals instead.
  • helters have a variety of rescue access policies, with half the respondents saying the criteria sometimes depended on the whims of staff on duty
  • That is poor public policy.
  • An additional benefit is a savings for taxpayers as shelters lower operating costs by releasing animals to rescue groups.
  • Bennett cites both those savings and the additional shelter revenue from adoptions as rescue organizations would be charged a fee for saving animals.
  • The city and county of San Francisco saved almost $500,000 in animal control costs with a similar rescue access law and transferred 4,000 additional animals to private groups, according to Florida-based No Kill Nation.
  • One of the keys to increasing pet adoptions is marketing
  • writes a popular weekly column for the Bradenton Herald titled “A View to No-Kill” t
  • One of the most popular features on www.braden ton.com are the image galleries of available pets.
  • Animal Services posts images of adoptable animals at www.mymanatee.org/pets
  • a group of volunteer photographers is joining forces to boost the no-kill movement by shooting more becoming images and posting those at a new website, www.picture themadopted.com,
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