New York City Council Member Robert Holden to introduce shelter reform legislation that prohibits convenience killing and mandates the programs and services of the No Kill Equation.
This week, I received the exciting news that New York City Council Member Bob Holden has “started the legislative drafting process” for a shelter standards law based on the Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA), the model shelter reform legislation written by the No Kill Advocacy Center, my organization.
By eliminating the discretion which allows shelters to kill when readily available alternatives exist, CAPA mandates humane, compassionate, and life-affirming protocols. And it works.
CAPA has already achieved great success in other American communities which have passed it. Passing it to fix the systemic problems that have plagued the Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) for decades is the correct approach. It is long past time that the people of NYC mandate, by law, how their shelters operate to ensure that innovative, life-affirming and compassionate options replace convenience killing.
We understand that Council Member Holden will also be lobbying other members of the City Council on behalf of the bill. All of this is most welcome and exciting news, and we thank the Council Member for his decision to pursue meaningful reform. Read more here

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The Companion Animal Protection Act is the ONLY way to stop NYC ACC’s senseless killing of easily treatable puppies who had a cold, NOT Ebola!
CAPA would make it illegal to kill dogs and cats with harmless colds...
CAPA would make it illegal to kill puppies who play with their leashes (“leash-biting”) like normal puppies are supposed to do!
In fact, under CAPA it would be illegal to kill ANY animal unless that “animal has been determined to be medically untreatable by a veterinarian or a dog is determined to be vicious to people and the prognosis for rehabilitation is determined to be poor to grave by a behaviorist.”
The chances are your NY State Lawmakers would agree!

[Please Copy & Paste the text below, and send an email to your NY State Senator and another to your NY Assembly Member. To find your representatives, please see links at the bottom of this post. Thank You!♥]
Dear Senator,
Dear Assembly Member,
As your constituent, I wanted to make you aware of the Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA), the model humane legislation that would improve the standards of care animals receive in shelters and save the lives of thousands of animals who are being needlessly killed in pounds across New York State.

CAPA has already passed in one state and several cities including Austin, TX, and Muncie, IN, where 99% of all dogs and a similar percentage of cats are now being saved by the open-admission No Kill shelters in both of these cities. New York should follow the lead of these progressive communities, as well as the State of Delaware, where CAPA passed both houses of the state legislature unanimously in 2010 and has reduced shelter killing by roughly 80% statewide.
CAPA would cost NY State taxpayers nothing to implement. Please consider becoming a sponsor of this important lifesaving legislation that is so long overdue.
Thank You for considering the Companion Animal Protection Act.
Your Constituent,
Jane Doe
Place Where I Live, NY
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