Target: Ivan Capifali, Executive Director of Chicago Animal Care and Control
Goal: Adopt no-kill policies for Chicago animal shelters.
Over the past two years, the Chicago city pound has killed over 10,000 potential pets, costing Chicago taxpayers over $1 million. Pit bulls in particular stand little chance of survival; Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) reportedly euthanizes over half of the pit bulls that come into its care.
At a recent City Council meeting, Chicago legislators Edward Burke and Ray Lopez proposed a resolution that would make euthanasia a last resort for the city’s animal shelters. The objective is to put money and resources into finding homes for the animals in question, provided they are healthy and fit for adoption.
Euthanasia is too often used as an expedient solution to the problem of overpopulation in shelters. According to Ray Lopez, Chicago spends “about one-third of what most major cities spend on animal control. It’s a social issue…. And if we’re truly serious about protecting our pets and giving them the best opportunity, we need to put our money where our mouth is.”
Considering how much it already costs to kill “surplus” animals, spending a little more money to ensure that these animals are properly cared for should be uncontroversial. Encouragingly, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has all but sponsored the initiative. “I want to look at the details of this resolution,” he said. “But anything that gets us closer to a more humane effort as it relates to dogs particularly—that’s going to be something that’s dear to my heart.”
Please lend your support to the no-kill resolution by signing the below petition urging the CACC to make euthanasia a last resort for healthy, adoptable animals.
It pains me to learn that thousands of healthy animals are euthanized by Chicago Animal Care and Control every year. These animals have just as much a right to their lives as you and I do, and there are plenty of people who are prepared to adopt them as pets. While it is understandable that sick animals with a diminished quality of life are put to sleep, euthanasia should not be used to manage shelter populations; doing so is inhumane.
If passed, the recent no-kill resolution introduced by Chicago aldermen Edward Burke and Ray Lopez would be a godsend for all of these innocent and loving creatures. I thereby urge you to do your part in fostering a no-kill policy for all of Chicago’s animal shelters. Pets should be protected and loved; not killed.
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