Putting a Stop to Euthenasia




More than a dozen animal welfare organizations in Philadelphia have formed a no-kill coalition, with the mission of ultimately attaining 100 percent safe placement of healthy and treatable pets. The city was making impressive progress. In 2017, 82 percent of cats and dogs entering the city's animal control shelter survived; In 2005, only 11 percent survived.

Funded in part by a $178,000 grant from PetSmart, the coalition hopes to not only find homes for more animals that are brought to shelters, but also keep them from being surrendered in the first place. The group will set up a help desk inside animal control to counsel people bringing in unwanted cats and dogs. They'll offer advice on behavior issues and access to low-cost veterinary care and pet food if those are the reasons an animal is being turned in to the shelter.

"If you're willing to keep your pet, we're here to work with you," says Samantha Holbrook, president of Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, one of the groups that is part of the new coalition. "We're a big city and we have a lot of animals, a tight budget and a lot of impoverished areas," Holbrook points out, all things that will make this no-kill effort a challenge. But with the help of grants, donations, volunteers and national exposure, they hope to make it work and become a role model for others.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Special Black Portrait Exhibit

As part of the celebration of Black History Month in February, the city of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy presents a series of portraits painted by artist Sylvia Castellanos,

Deepak Chopra to Appear in Philadelphia

Bestselling author Deepak Chopra will speak on The Future of Well-being at 8 p.m., March 15, in the Kimmel Center.

The Year of Water

Water is such a critical concern, the Schuylkill Center has established 2018 as the Year of Water in our programming.

Visit the Bosnia Pyramid Complex

Dr. Sam Osmanagich is leading an eight-day, seven-night tour of Bosnian pyramids spring Equinox tour to learn about the history and purpose of the pyramid complex, which he discovered, including accommodation in a four-star hotel and all meals.

Water is the Topic of the Year

As the cities of Flint and Houston have shown, water is a major global concern.

Add your comment: