I recently watched a YouTube video that demonstrats the confusion that people have about no-kill. The author of the video, Kitten Lady, wrote, “Did you know that baby kittens can still be killed in a “no-kill” shelter? Watch my video to learn about how the standards in the Asilomar Accords fail to protect the tiniest and most vulnerable felines. It’s important for the public to know that even in “no-kill” communities, kittens still need our help and protection! ”
For the most part, Kitten Lady was right on about the struggles that animal shelter faces in trying to find homes for all of their animal guests, but she really missed the boat with she described the Asilomar Accords as an insurance policy. The Asilomar Accords is a system to describe the health of an animal at intake and disposition. Its intent is to provide a better understanding of decisions that are made toward an animal. The shelter makes its euthanasia decisions based on the animal’s health, as well as overcrowding conditions and resources. As I mentioned in the previous post, kitten season, the decision to euthanize kittens is the result of all of these factors. The Asilomar Accords only provided a definition as to the kitten’s health condition at the time. Being no-kill has little to do with whether an animal shelter kills kittens; it is about reducing their euthanasia to 10% of their total intakes. Many shelters have programs that provide for the fostering of infant kittens. Many kittens pasted through my home and I’ll be damned if anyone was going to euthanize them.
I suspect that video bloggers “stretch” their story to get people to watch their videos. If they stretch it far enough, it becomes fake news. It may also be a teaser for an new book that she is writing.