Implications Of The No Kills Policy In Animal Volunteering

The No Kill policy, which applies to all animal rescue shelters, as well as any organisations dealing with animals such as sanctuaries. These organisations must adhere to the policy by finding carers and volunteer foster homes for rescue animals before keeping them in an overcrowded shelter. This is to avoid the necessity of a lot of animals being put down or killed thus keeping shelters within their workable capacity.

This policy has been in effect for many years and is creating a lot more problems than it has solved. A good thing that has come from no-kill, is that many more people are being reported and prosecuted for anti-cruelty to animals. The disadvantage or implications of the no-kill policy is that independent volunteers taking animals into their homes to look after them, sometimes take things too far, by taking on too much.

An example includes: A couple calling themselves humane, volunteered to take on all the stray dogs and had almost one hundred dogs into their house. They then abandoned the house when the dogs had destroyed the air, could not feed all the dogs and left them in a terrible state.