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Working to Make L.A. No Kill

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

I would like to start a rivalry between L.A. and NYC. I’m jealous. It looks like L.A. is on its way to becoming a No Kill city–that is no killing of shelter animals. What a laudable and necessary goal.

Kevin Nealon, actor and comedian, wants to see Los Angeles become No Kill.

I would like to see that goal here in New York City–one of the greatest cities in the world. I’m originally from NYC. I currently live in NJ–the Garden State. I tell people I moved over the bridge kicking and screaming, and now I have come to love it here. Still, I love New York, and am dismayed by the way New York City runs its animal shelter system. True, we have great places like Bideawee and Animal Haven. Plus there are many others.  New York City can be a No Kill City too.  Animal Care & Control of NYC, which runs the City’s animal shelter system, has a goal of becoming No Kill in 2015. They were supposed to be No Kill several years ago, but that goal keeps on being pushed to later and later dates. 

I bring this up because I received a wonderful video from Best Friends Animal Society. They created a campaign called No Kill L.A. L.A. is still a long way off from being no kill. They hope to end the killing of cats and dogs in L.A. city shelters by 2017.

Here is a short video of actor/comedian Kevin Nealon talking about making L.A. No Kill.

If you have any thoughts on how to create a friendly competition so both L.A. and NYC can both become No Kill, please share.

A Note from Michele

Earl Gray is 20 years old. We found him 15 years ago with a badly broken leg. He is slowing down a bit, but is simply great.

And I’m off to BlogPaws. I just received a call that PetCo is going to sponsor Pet News and Views to attend the conference! I’m flying to Salt Lake City tomorrow. And today is Earl Gray’s 20th birthday. I’m logging off to celebrate!

15 comments to Working to Make L.A. No Kill

  • Annie

    NYC should surely win!

  • Ralph

    I’m on the east coast so my vote goes to NYC.

  • Rhonda

    I don’t think it should be a competition. I think all shelters should be No Kill.

  • Debra

    No Kill means that if an animal is sick or injured it doesn’t count as a kill–even though it is killed. No Kill should really mean No Kill!

  • Barbara

    I’m voting for LA. Even though NYC’s date is sooner, when they keep on changing it, I think L.A. will win.

  • Tina

    I saw this video on the Internet, and like how you changed it to make it a challenge. I’m on the west coast, and think L.A. will be first. AC&C is even known in L.A. as being a terrible place for cats and dogs.

  • Caitlin

    NYC gets my vote every time, but this is a hope in this case, because AC&C has a lot of problems.

  • Linda

    With Best Friends involved maybe this challenge would work.

  • GretchenKelley

    We should get both Mayors involved. The battle of the cities working to help shelter animals–great cause.

  • Joanne

    I would love to see politicians get involved. Let’s pit Mayor Mike Bloomberg against Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa in a challenge to help the animals.

  • Elliot

    L.A.’s date is first, and I think they have more star power behind them to win.

  • Jody

    NYC shelter animals need to be totally overhauled. ACC is so screwed up. Management, DOH’s control need to go, shelters need to be built in the Bronx and Queens. The current shelters need to be updated. The workers need to care about the animals. I can go on and on. Good challenge.

  • I am from NY. NYC must win


    Great! That means you all will work to ban the Amish running Puppy Mill breeding factories, as they are the number one group responsible for turning out physically and emotionally puppies that get sold to pet stores. The puppies/kittens/birds that end up in shelter are all mostly coming from irresponsible breeders who sell to irresponsible “owners” who didn’t realize that Spot or Fluffy needed food, water, exercise, clean-up and human interaction.

  • Joyce

    Happy Birthday Earl! And have a great time at BlogPaws. I hope the conference is good, and thank you for writing about No Kill.