"No-Kill Columbia" Asks Humane Society to Stop Euthanasia
COLUMBIA - A new coalition called "No-Kill Columbia" is calling for the Central Missouri Humane Society to stop killing animals. It hopes through an 11-step process that the shelter will one day become a "no kill" facility. On Thursday night the group presented the process at the CMHS board meeting.
Tracy Green, a founder of No-Kill Columbia, said the coalition wants to promote the movement to end the killing of homeless animals.
The board met at Dulany Hall on the Columbia College Campus and community members lined the sides of the room to chime in on the discussion. CMHS said it strives to obtain the "No-Kill Columbia" goal, but it will be a challenge to accomplish. The organization said it is the only shelter in Mid-Missouri with an open door policy, meaning it doesn't turn away any animals no matter the type, age and/or sickness. It said there aren't enough adoptions taking place to keep up with all the animals coming in to the facility.
CMHS Board President John Shrum said at the meeting it is the shelter's passion and vision to become a no kill shelter and no one who works there wants to euthanize any animals. But Shrum said the changes will take community help and it won't happen over night.
In 2010, CMHS took in 5,788 animals, mostly cats and dogs. It released 54.88 percent of those animals and euthanized 45.12 percent. In a statement responding to "No-Kill Columbia" CMHS said,
"Becoming a no kill community is not a decision that can be made by the Central Missouri Humane Society. This is a community decision. CMHS did not create this problem. We are here to do the best we can to help the animals that are brought here due to the irresponsibility of the owners."
The organization urges the community to get animals spade and neutered as well as help volunteer time to the shelter.
Green described the process the "No-Kill Columbia" group presented as a business model. Some of the 11 steps include:
- High volume/low cost spay and neuter
- Encouraging foster care
- A compassionate director to fill the current vacant position at CMHS
- Public relations and community development