A lot of exciting things are happening in the world of animal welfare and No Kill shelter reform, and an informed advocate is an effective advocate, so in the interests of reviewing what the No Kill movement is all about, and in thanking my readers, I bring you a little friendly competition. For the entire month of November, I have teamed up with Nathan Winograd of the No Kill Advocacy Center and with Animal Advocacy, an organization formed to support no Kill initiatives throughout the state of Georgia to present a daily trivia contest.
The formation of Animal Advocacy was inspired by the ‘Building No Kill Communities’seminar Winograd gave in April. Those interested in joining Animal Advocacy are encouraged to register on the website. Animal Advocacy seeks to “improve Georgia’s public policy regarding the welfare of its animals, and to influence how Georgia’s state and local agencies implement those policies. We provide support for no-kill movements throughout Georgia, and seek a future in which all healthy adoptable animals are placed in forever homes with loving families.” The website is a work in progress, but will feature a blog which members will be able to post to in order to inform others about their local No Kill initiatives, campaigns and success stories.
Every day, throughout the month of November, I will post in this column, a trivia question on some aspect of animal welfare and the No Kill movement. Questions will vary in difficulty and will be drawn from articles I’ve written. At the bottom of each article will be a hotlinked list of five articles. That will be your hint. The answer to that day’s question can be found in one or more of those articles. (To answer the more difficult questions, you may need to look at a link within one of the ‘hint’ articles.) The prize each day will be a copy of Nathan Winograd’s second book—Irreconcilable Differences: the Battle for the Heart and Soul of America’s Animal Shelters.
Today’s question is (in honor of National Animal Shelter Reform Week, which was last week, but should be every week of the year):
What is the single most important factor which determines a shelter’s save rate?
To play, you should post your answer in the ‘Comments’ immediately below the article. To do that, you’ll need to register with a unique name—‘Anonymous’ won’t do, and you wouldn’t want me assigning you a unique name for not following directions. Only one answer per person per day, please. Please do not post your email address or any other personal information along with your answer. In the event that more than one person posts a correct answer to the same question, I have obtained a never-been-used litter box. I will write the unique names of each correct contest participant on a slip of paper, toss them in the litter box, and one of my ‘foster fails’ will select the winner. Critters can’t read, so this will ensure objectivity.
To ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to gain the power contained in the knowledge contained in this most excellent book, each participant can win only one book. However, the participant who posts the largest number of correct answers over the course of the month will win a ticket to the No kill webinar of their choice. These webinars enable you to learn from the top experts on all aspects of No Kill sheltering and the No Kill movement from the comfort of your own home. Animal Ark and the No Kill Advocacy Center, the webinar sponsors, encourage people to hook their computers up to a projector so that multiple people can view it together, so you can win an educational opportunity for your entire organization if you know your stuff.
I’ll post the unique name of the winner, along with his or her winning answer the next day, along with the next day’s question. Winners should email me at the address in my bio to let me know where to send the book.
Note that, in order to be eligible for the daily prize, you must post your answer before I announce the correct answer and winner. I will do so sometime after midnight Eastern time when I post the next day’s trivia question. In order for a correct answer to count in your tally towards winning the free webinar, it too must be posted before I announce the correct answer.
Yesterday’s correct answer was:
The humane movement went astray when it switched from advocacy on behalf of protecting companion animals from cruelty and killing to operating kill “shelters”. This question involved drawing the distinction between animal control, which is a government mandate and which has from the beginning involved killing animals needlessly, and the humane movement, which was founded to protect animals, and which was, from the beginning based on citizen initiative and private philanthropy. These are two completely different things, but, unfortunately, these philanthropies began taking pound contracts in the late 1800s and took up the task of killing from the government. They did so under the pretense of being “more humane”. Cruelty in shelters is rampant, however. And killing is still killing.
Thus began the abuse of language which has become characteristic of the humane movement. The No Kill movement is refuting this utterly illogical, but thoroughly entrenched, notion that “killing is kindness” from which so many of what is wrong in animal sheltering today.
The Winner for November 18 is:
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