What We Do
A Life to Live is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Baytown, Texas, that was established out of our love and passion for providing an opportunity and better quality of life for homeless pets. We offer a no-kill alternative that provides life-saving programs and invaluable resources for pets and pet owners within our community. Through outreach, education and service, we are committed to ending the killing of homeless cats and dogs within our local municipal shelter.
We have a no-kill mission to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs abandoned and/or placed in kill shelters, while also providing life-saving programs and services to keep pets and their people together. Through outreach, education and service, we provide cats and dogs with an opportunity to live their full lives.
A no-kill city is considered as saving 90 percent or more of all animals entering the city shelter system with the goal of saving all healthy and treatable animals.
Approximately two million homeless dogs and cats are killed annually in America’s shelters. That means that nearly 5,500 animals are killed every day. In the City of Baytown, approximately 2,000 animals are killed within our municipal city shelter annually. This means that nearly 5 animals are killed every day. They are being killed simply because they don’t have a safe place to call home.
At Best Friends and in many animal welfare organizations throughout the country, euthanasia is defined purely as an act of mercy. Euthanizing a pet is considered only when veterinary or behavioral experts determine that an animal’s condition is untreatable, and the animal has little or no chance of an acceptable quality of life.
A no-kill community is one that acts on the belief that every healthy, adoptable dog and healthy cat should be saved, and that its focus should be on saving as many lives as possible through pet adoption, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and other community support programs rather than achieving a specific numerical outcome.
With that said, we understand the importance of having a quantitative benchmark that communities can use as a goal. Saving 90 percent or more of the animals who enter shelters is the current benchmark for no-kill. This means that for a community to be considered “no-kill,” all of its shelters and animal welfare facilities responsible for animal control intake must be saving 90 percent or more, collectively, of the animals who enter their system.
DEFINING HEALTHY AND TREATABLE
Healthy or treatable animals: This segment of the animal population includes those who are fully healthy and behaviorally sound around people and other animals. It also includes animals with behavioral and medical issues that can be addressed and/or managed, such as (but not limited to):
- Upper respiratory infection
- Leash and barrier reactivity
- Dental disease
- Urinary tract infection
- Resource guarding
- Need for limb amputation
- Ear infection
Unhealthy/untreatable animals: This category includes dogs with severe behavioral challenges or dogs and cats with medical issues who are irremediably suffering with no possibility of a positive outcome.
Euthanasia: Defined purely as an act of mercy, euthanasia should be reserved for dogs and cats who have irredeemable medical situations and are experiencing serious and irreversible reduction in quality of life, or dogs whose behavior obstacles make them unsuitable for rehabilitation.
Killing: The definition of “killing” is ending the life of an animal who is healthy or treatable (either medically or behaviorally) as a means of creating space for incoming animals in a shelter or for other considerations.
What “no-kill” doesn’t mean
“No-kill” has become an emotionally and politically charged term for many people, which is why it’s imperative that, as a no-kill advocate, you understand what no-kill doesn’t mean.
“No-kill” does not mean that: shelters that haven't reached no-kill, and their employees, are willing killers, or that dangerous or sick animals will be released into the community, or that shelters will start warehousing animals indefinitely.
Each community is collectively responsible for its decisions regarding homeless animals and for creating safe, humane environments for the people and pets who live in them.
A NO-KILL community
More than 500 communities around the United States successfully run no-kill shelters, saving over 90% of the animals that enter their facility. Some of these shelters are managed by municipalities, while others are run by private organizations. Some organizations take in thousands of animals a month, and others take in fewer than 100 a month. With the help and support of the community, and with the no-kill mission at heart, communities across the nation are saving thousands of lives.
With your help and support, we, too, can create a no-kill community in Baytown, Texas. We believe that every pet has a life to live; they deserve the chance to live their full lives. We're here to provide that opportunity regardless of breed, treatable existing medical or behavioral conditions, age or color. Together, we can create a no-kill community.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US SAVE LIVES
All animals deserve to live their full lives. Help us help them. Adopt, donate, foster, support or volunteer. Take action, view our adoptable dogs and cats, join our foster program, support us by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and keep up to date on upcoming events. With your help, we can save the lives of homeless animals in our community.
To learn more about no-kill and the impact that it has on the lives of pets and the communities in which they live, visit Best Friends Animal Society, the leader of the national no-kill movement. You can also make a direct positive impact on our path towards no-kill by making a charitable contribution today.
A Life to Live is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Baytown, Texas. © 2017 A Life to Live. All rights reserved.