We must advocate for shelter reform legislation that mandates how shelters operate and legislation that will actually protect the lives of shelter pets.
We cannot leave this as an option to whoever the shelter director may be, because so many directors do not work to save all lives.
We must regulate animal shelters in the same way that we regulate hospitals and other agencies which hold the power over life and death.
Life saving must be institutionalized.
The Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) is model legislation written by legislators, shelter directors, animal lawyers and shelter veterinarians to provide animals with maximum opportunities for lifesaving.
*It Establishes that saving lives and public safety are compatible;
*It protects all species of shelter animals;
*It makes it illegal for a shelter to kill an animal if a rescue group or No Kill shelter is willing to save that animal;
*It requires shelters to provide animals with fresh food, fresh water, environmental enrichment, regular exercise, veterinary care and cleanliness
*It requires shelters to have fully functioning adoption programs including offsite adoptions, use of the internet to promote their animals, and ample adoption hours when the public is available;
*It prohibits shelters from killing animals based on arbitrary criteria such as breed, color or age when alternatives to killing exist;
*It requires animal control to allow volunteers to help with fostering, socializing, and assisting with adoptions;
*It requires shelters to be truthful about how many animals they kill and adopt by making statistics public.
Our Mission: To stop the needless killing of healthy and treatable pets in Houston, Texas animal shelters and pounds, using shelter reform legislation and political advocacy.
SAVING LIVES SHOULD NOT BE AN "OPTION",
IT SHOULD BE THE LAW
There are currently 200+ Open Admission shelters, serving 500+ cities and towns, who are saving 90% to 100% of all animals entering their doors. See this website for a growing list of these communities. www.Saving90.org
Unfortunately, the directors of Houston's five kill shelters and pounds still refuse to rigorously implement the programs and services of the successful No Kill model of sheltering.
We, animals lovers, must advocate strongly for shelter pets since shelter directors refuse to work hard to implement the same life saving programs that are working across the country. We must speak out for shelter pets.
In order shelter reform to take place, we must have political leadership at the city and county levels who care about this issue. We must have elected officials who are willing to do what is necessary to ensure life saving in our shelter system.
That is why political advocacy is so important. We must tell our elected officials that we care deeply about animal sheltering issues, and that we want them to work on ending shelter killing.
We must elevate this issue so that it gets the same amount of attention as other issues, such as pot holes or gun control.
During elections, we must vote for the candidates who care about sheltering issues and who are willing to work on the issue, even when it means making hard decisions. We must use the power of our vote to help protect shelter pets. We voters make the decision as to who will be voted into office. We must be certain that those people represent our values.
*Houston Voters For Companion Animals will question the candidates regarding animal sheltering issues, during the next election, and will post their responses and our endorsements on this website.
We may also organize another Candidate Forum on sheltering issues as we did not 2015,
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TOGETHER, WE CAN END SHELTER KILLING
HOUSTON VOTERS FOR COMPANION ANIMALS
No Kill Texas Advocates has changed its name to Houston Voters for Companion Animals to better reflect the purpose of the group.