Thanks to the power of statistics, the race for the first No Kill state in America is on! Colorado is unique, because the state requires its municipal animal shelters to report their data to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The 2013 annual statistics are out, and Colorado has a cumulative statewide save rate of 87%. Its statewide save rate for dogs is an incredible 91%.
To be sure, there’s plenty of work to do since at least nine Colorado cities (Aurora, Castle Rock, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Lupton, La Junta, Lone Tree, Louisville and Northglenn) have pit bull bans in effect. Congratulations to many of the shelters in the State of Colorado, along with our good friends at Rescue One Dog and No Kill Colorado.
Will Colorado become the first No Kill state in America? There’s still time to catch up. Get to work today to make sure your state is No Kill. A good place to start is the No Kill Advocate’s Toolkit from the No Kill Advocacy Center.