The commissioners of Manatee County in Florida has adopted a no-kill policy at its animal shelter, influencing other area shelters to take the same measures, Bradenton Patch reports.
According to the Miami Herald, the policy, approved on Tuesday, will phase out the use of euthanasia except in the cases of animals that are terminally ill, injured or vicious. A coalition of animal rescue
groups in the area had come up with the solution to shelters that kill off animals when they become too numerous. The plan aims to increase the shelter's "live release" rate from 61 percent to more than 90 percent, getting more animals adopted or reunited with their owners.
The shelter is already setting an example for those in nearby communities, Patch reports. One day after the resolution was approved, Carol Whitmore, chairwoman of the Manatee County Commission, received an email from a shelter worker in Douglas County, Georgia.
The worker, Karen Lawson, wanted Whitmore to share a portion of the county's plan so she and other advocates could present it to their county officials and move forward with the initiative there.