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2009 First National No Kill Conference

29th May 2009

The first national No Kill Conference in Washington DC brought together leaders in the animal sheltering and legal fields who are promoting no kill strategies to save the lives of millions of companion animals from death in our shelters. The pioneering conference was co-sponsored by Professor Joan Schaffner, Oxford Centre Fellow and Director of the George Washington University (GWU) Animal Law Programme, and Nathan Winograd, Director of the No Kill Advocacy Center. Some 380 individuals, representing 38 states and 6 countries, descended on the GWU campus in Washington DC, from May 2-3, 2009 to attend this ground-breaking event. The presenters discussed no-kill strategies designed to prevent animal surrenders, implement cost-effective behaviour and medical rehabilitation programmes, establish positive relationships with government and private groups and veterinarians, create feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return/Release programmes, increase animal adoptions, improve public relations, reform animal control, and utilise legislative and litigative options to help secure these strategies. For more information, contact the No Kill Advocacy Center.