Praise Animal Shelter for Approaching No-Kill Status


Target: Vernon Sawyer, Animal Services Director of Alachua County

Goal: Praise the Alachua County animal shelter for approaching a no-kill status.

For the last 15 years, the Alachua County animal shelter has been striving to achieve a no-kill status. To achieve a no-kill status, euthanasia cases can not reach over 550. According to Alachua County officials, no-kill also means that no healthy animal will be euthanized. The Alachua County animal shelter has shown great determination and discipline over the past 15 years and is now closer to becoming a no-kill shelter with only 758 euthanasia cases in 2014.

This year, the animal shelter truly believes that it will finally reach its no-kill status. The Alachua County animal shelter understands that administering euthanasia is an absolute last resort that should be reserved for animals that are suffering and can’t be saved humanely and animals that are a threat to public safety. This is a simple belief that can change an animal shelter from being a place where animals go to die to a place where animals get second chances.

In 2014, nearly 86 percent of animals that were taken to the Alachua County animal shelter by animal control were either returned to their beloved owners or adopted and given another chance at a happy life. Sign this petition and applaud the Alachua County animal shelter for its determination to become a no-kill shelter.


Dear Director Vernon Sawyer,

I am very happy to hear that the Alachua County animal shelter has come so far in its journey to become a no-kill animal shelter. In 2014, the animal shelter had only 758 euthanasia cases. Although it has not yet reached the no-kill status of 550 euthanasia cases, it is a great change compared to the year 2000 when the animal shelter had over 8,000 euthanasia cases.

Not only am I glad that the number of euthanasia cases are decreasing, I am also glad to know that this animal shelter realizes the magnitude of euthanizing an animal. Euthanasia is something that should not be taken lightly and the Alachua County animal shelter understands this and reserves euthanasia only for animals that are suffering and can not be saved humanely and animals that are a threat to public safety.

With its sheer determination and discipline, I believe, without a doubt, that this year will be the year that the Alachua County animal shelter will finally reach the end of its long journey and become recognized as a no-kill animal shelter. I would like to give my full support to the Alachua County animal shelter as it approaches its goal.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    To me a true shelter is the one that doesn’t kill any animals. All of them deserve to live its not their fault for not having a home.

  2. No-kill. Those are some sweet, sweet words.

  3. Maybe this shelter (or any shelter wishing to achieve a no-kill reality) could join Best Friends as a community partner. Forming coalitions with Best Friends Animal Society and your local feral cat trap/neuter/return and small rescue/breed rescue groups can help stop the killing.

  4. Thank You !!!! All animal shelters should be “no-kill.”

  5. Thank you so much for choosing a no kill option.

  6. Ellis Toscano says:

    15 years? Nothing to be proud of.

  7. Karen Remnant says:

    Ridiculous that we sign up to say we’ll done! How can anywhere be called a shelter when it kills any animal unfortunate enough to end up there? Surely a shelter should be just that, a shelter!!! Where animals are killed those places need a name change!

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