Originally Posted by katachtig
But I also wondered what people were seeing in their communities.
No More Homeless Pets of Kansas City has a goal to make the entire metro area no-kill by (I think) 2010. They are opening up their own low cost spay/neuter building in October. For the time being, they borrow space at some area shelters and run the clinics on the weekends.
We have at least 3 no kill shelters in the area, not counting all of the grass roots groups that do their own no-kill rescue. Every last one of these works with NMHP for help.
Most if not all of the municipal run shelters are still kill, but are cooperating with the no-kill shelters to have animals transfered so that they have a better chance. I don't know the current stats, but some of these shelters had up to a 90% euthanasia rate 2 years ago.
My vet runs the shelter for the local city (small suburb outside of KC). She does her best to keep it no kill, but have heard from her staff that they do euthanize feral cats. They have asked me to assess some of their wilder cats to determine if they are really feral, or just long time homeless pets that could be resocialized. And honestly - I've not yet met an adult cat there that was truly feral. If they were so, the people in the town would not have been able to catch them. People who do feral cats out here are linked with TNR organizations.