Animal Control
An open-admission animal agency, usually publicly funded, that may also enforce laws relating to companion animals. See Open Admission.

The substitution of a mild, indirect or vague expression for one that may be offensive, honest or blunt in order to avoid feelings of discomfort in the receiver and/or speaker.

Example: See “Euthanasia” below.

A euphemism for the word “kill” used by many animal control agencies in an attempt to make the act seem more acceptable.

Feral Cat
A feral cat is an untamed domestic house cat who was either born outside or who was abandoned and over time has become unsocialized to people. Also known as barn cats, alley cats or wild cats.

Foster Care
A program in which volunteer and temporary private homes are used to care for animals, such as unweaned puppies and kittens, sick and injured animals needing a break from the shelter or when space is at a premium in the shelter environment.

Limited Admission
A private shelter that does not take in more animals than it can humanely care for.

No Kill Shelter
A no kill shelter saves all animals except those dogs and cats irremediably suffering or non-rehabilitatable.

A no kill shelter does not deny reasonable medical care, socialization training or behavior modification to dogs and cats. It is a shelter where healthy dogs and cats, sick and injured but treatable dogs and cats, behaviorally challenged or traumatized dogs and cats and healthy and treatable feral cats are saved.

Save rates at the best performing no kill shelters in the country from diverse regions and demographics, confirm that over 90% of all shelter animals are savable treatable / manageable/ savable.

A no kIll shelter can be private or public, limited or open admission.

Implicit within the no kill philosophy is the understanding that some animals, such as those who are irremediably suffering or hopelessly ill, will be killed for reasons of mercy.

The No Kill Equation
The programs and services when implemented comprehensively and rigorously are proven to achieve no kill, including :

1. Feral Cat TNR Program

2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay / Neuter

3. Rescue Groups

4. Foster Care

5. Aggressive, Comprehensive Adoption Programs

6. Pet Rentention

7. Medical and Behavioral Rehabilitation

8. Public Relations / Community Involvement

9. Volunteers

10. Proactive Return to Owner / Redemption

11. A Compassionate Director

Open Admission
A shelter, usually a publicly funded animal control, required to accept any and all lost and homeless pets in a particular jurisdiction.

Pet Retention
A service which provides information, advice and counseling to keep a dogs or cats with problem behavior in the home. Offered by all modern animal shelters.

Return to Owner (RTO) / Redemption / Reclaim
When a shelter facilitates the return of a citizen’s dog or cat. A service offered proactively by all no kill shelters.

Savable / Treatable / Manageable
An animal who is sick, injured or traumatized, but whose prognosis for rehabilitation is either good, fair or guarded. Examples of savable / treatable / manageable conditions include eye injuries, broken bones, respiratory infections, food guarding and many others.

Spay / Neuter
Surgery resulting in the sterilization of dogs and cats by removing their reproductive capacity. A female animal is “spayed”. A male animal is “neutered”.

Temperament Test
Temperament testing is a series of exercises designed to evaluate whether a dog is aggressive.

Trap – Neuter – Return / TNR
Trap-Neuter-Return is a humane, effective, non-lethal program to trap, sterilize and release feral cats back into their habitats.

For jurisdictions who want to reduce the number of feral cats and reduce killing in shelters, it is the only effective and humane program that exists.