Healthy: Conditions such as fleas, ear mites, or pregnancy do not change the animal’s status from being healthy since they are resolved through professionally
standard routine shelter care or, in the case of pregnant animals, through giving birth. Healthy also includes animals who are exhibiting behaviors considered normal for
the species such as house soiling, territorial marking, barking, chewing, poor manners, digging or scratching behavior. Likewise free-living community cats who are
inhibited in social interactions with humans are not exhibiting abnormal behavior for the species. The animal may be blind, deaf, old, or missing a limb, but as long as
the animal is healthy, she meets the definition.
Treatable: Any animal who is sick or injured, whose prognosis for rehabilitation of that illness and/or injury is excellent, good, fair, or guarded. An animal does not have
to be “cured” to be treatable. For instance, a diabetic cat may never be cured but she is likely to live a normal life with insulin supplementation. Moreover, aggression in
dogs is treatable depending on the severity of the aggression and the prognosis for rehabilitation.
Euthanasia is reserved for the incurably suffering and dogs determined by a court to be vicious and ordered to be put to death.
Communities all across the country are proving the animals that are truly in need of humane euthanasia or present a danger to the public represent less than 10% of
the animals coming to an open admission shelter.
Irremediably Suffering: An animal with a medical condition who, despite prompt and necessary medical care, has a poor or grave prognosis for being able to live without
severe, unremitting pain.
Dangerous Dog: “Dangerous Dog” is a dog adjudicated to be vicious by a court of competent jurisdiction and ordered killed by that court, where all appeals of that
judicial determination have been unsuccessful.
The No Kill Equation includes 11 essential components. When all components are COMPREHENSIVELY implemented, it has proven to result in live release rates of
90% and higher.