Some good news
The San Francisco Examiner newspaper names Kansas City, Kansas as one of several communities leading the nation in efforts to prevent euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats. The newspaper reports that the San Francisco Animal Control program was once considered to be the leader of the "no-kill" movement, but has fallen behind other communities. The article says the KCK Animal Control program has not only exceeded San Francisco's rate of lifesaving, but has achieved "no-kill" status despite a higher number of stray animals and an economy harder hit by the recession.
Wyandotte County is now the only "no-kill county in the Kansas City metro due to an innovative partnership between the KCK Animal Control Service and the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. The Ray of Hope partnership has dramatically reduced the euthanasia rate at the KCK Animal Control Facility from 70% in 2007 to less than 1% in 2010. Only vicious and seriously ill animals are euthanized.
Humane Society officials say despite a strong emphasis on spay/neuter services and education, the number of homeless animals coming into both shelters is growing. The biggest cause is people who simply abandoned their pets because they are moving and can't take the pets with them. An animals dumped because they are part of unwanted litters is also a major contributor.
And that is in a city that has banned pit bulls and pit type breeds.