In relation to my previous entry about the Singapore SPCA’s 90% kill-rate, Dawn spoke a bit about No-Kill Communities and the importance of TNRM and also provided very useful links. I’m just going to quote the entire blog entry:
I’ve been reading up about communities and countries that have implemented or plan to implement no-kill policies in their cities. New York City for example with a population of 8 million people and tens of thousands of homeles cats is setting a goal of a No-Kill city by 2008. This does not mean that no animals are ever killed. What it does mean is that any adoptable animal in a shelter will not be put down.
San Francisco has also been a model for no-kill and their euthanasia rate has dropped dramatically?. What is the main thing that helps to drive down the number of animals killed? By decreasing the number of animals going into shelters in the first place through sterilisation, and by increasing adoptions of animals in the shelters. The welfare groups also work closely with animal control in their city.
As this article Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals says, “It all starts with Spay/Neuter” (read the box inset on the first page).
If there is no end to the number of animals entering shelters, then there is no way to get them all adopted. What needs most urgently to be tackled is the number of unwanted animals born every year. This is especially so in Singapore, where we are a little island with barely any space for shelters. If 1000 cats are taken off the street, it’s only a matter of time before you pick up another 1000. Where in Singapore will we find homes for so many animals?
If however, the next 1000 aren’t born because of aggressive sterilisation, and cats can be managed in good TNRM groups, then the situation becomes more manageable.