How Cleveland stopped killing dogs

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When a government animal shelter believes that euthanizing dogs and cats is an easier option than finding homes for them; and local elected officials are unwilling to work to improve the heartbreaking situation, what can concerned residents do to make a difference?


The volunteers behind Cleveland for a No Kill City proved this by revolutionizing the Cleveland Animal Shelter, changing it from a place where animals go to die to a place where animals are adopted by families that promise to love them for life.

Before Cleveland for a No Kill City came together to create a network for adopting the shelter's unclaimed dogs and cats, the Cleveland Animal Shelter, which serves as the shelter for all of Bradley County, killed up to 98 percent of cats and over 70 percent of dogs that entered the facility.