For a homeless cat, a shelter is not always a promise of life. Not all shelters are no-kill. Unfortunately, many shelters are a feline’s last stop between homelessness and death. By spreading the mission of a kill-free world, no cat will have to face the reality of a kill shelter. Below, you can learn the difference between a kill and no-kill shelter and what each means for a cat seeking home.
Often government-funded, kill shelters are mandated to accept every animal brought to them. Overcrowding, lack of resources and the daily guarantee of new arrivals make cat killing a regular occurrence. Here, a homeless cat may find a bed and food, even the chance at a forever home through adoption or rescue. But for most cats, it’s a matter of rapidly dwindling time. Every cat in a kill shelter leaves by one of two ways: adoption or death.
More commonly funded by donations, private foundations and feline welfare groups, no-kill shelters promise every cat that enters a home until home. Each cat may stay as long as it takes to find a forever home, without the threat of being killed. Unfortunately, space is limited and adoptable cats are turned away. And for some, especially senior cats, a no-kill shelter does become home, forever. Adopting from a no-kill shelter gives one life a real home while freeing space to save another.