Los Angeles Moves Toward “No Kill City” Status

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As head of Oriole Animal Health, LLC, Horace Nalle meets the biotechnology needs of clients in the animal health industry. In tandem with his animal health efforts, Horace Nalle is a longtime animal advocate who serves on the Atlanta Humane Society board. He has a strong commitment to the principles of no-kill shelters, which avoid euthanizing unclaimed animals. Each day, approximately 5,5000 dogs are euthanized, which represents half of all canines admitted to shelters.

Los Angeles is a city that has made significant progress, as a No Kill pledge signed by the city council in 2011 committed the city to becoming a “no kill” animal shelter municipality by 2017. Over the past five years, the euthanization rate has dropped dramatically, from 42 percent to less than 16 percent, making the city well on its way to become officially “no kill.”

Those who work within the network of the 100 local shelters are not claiming that Los Angeles will ever become 100 percent “no kill.” There are always a number of animals who come in to shelters with car injuries and serious diseases who simply don’t make it. That said, a 90 percent target save rate means that euthanization is not being practiced as a way of simply controlling animal population.