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What is a No Kill Community?

We believe that every healthy or treatable animal that enters our shelters can, and should, be saved.

No Kill Community

Achieving No Kill status for the Midlands is not only possible, but has already been achieved in other communities across the nation, including Charleston SC.

It is important to note that the true measure of No Kill varies from community to community, with no one-size-fits-all metric being universally appropriate. Each community is different, and data must be viewed through a local lens for a fair and accurate understanding. The widely accepted benchmark for a No Kill community is often considered to be 80% live release and above for all animals who enter the system.

The City of Columbia Animal Shelter is on target to achieve a live release rate of 78% for FY 2020/2021, up from only 21% when we began our spay and neuter program in 2006. Euthanasia due to lack of space or resources has decreased by over 85% in that time.




The Role of Spay/Neuter in Achieving No Kill

Sterilization is the proven best method of population control for domesticated animals. It is The Animal Mission’s position that every pet should be sterilized, except in cases where it is medically advisable to not perform the surgery, or in the care of responsible breeders. We oppose all forms of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) regarding sterilization in favor of comprehensive sterilization laws for all domesticated animals.

Euthanasia should be reserved solely for humanely ending the suffering of animals in irredeemable medical situations, or whose behavior obstacles make them unsuitable for rehabilitation.

With your support, Columbia and the Midlands CAN become a pet-safe, No Kill community by 2021. For more resources please visit No Kill SC.

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