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Shelter Revolution: Homeless Pets Never Have To Be Euthanized (Video)

Shelter Revolution: Homeless Pets Never Have To Be Euthanized (Video)

Animal activist Randy, known only by his first name for the safety of himself and his family, and a handful of others are in the middle of a battle to save every homeless cat and dog in the U.S. Their fight is unique because they are saving pets from the U.S. animal shelter system which they say is broken beyond repair. Randy is calling for a Shelter Revolution.

The Shelter Revolution movement says, “Current municipal animal shelters are prisons that breed anxiety, depression and aggression in homeless pets.” Dogs are forced to live in isolation or in crowded conditions in cages where they smell the scent of death every day. Animals are warehoused until they are euthanized. The purpose of the current system is to control strays from roaming on the streets. It is not a system that can be reformed; it must be completely restructured.

Shelter Revolution sees a clear solution in a model that is based on human day care centers and dog day care centers. The Adoption Center concept allows animals to live in a natural communal setting.

Randy said, “Research shows these settings promote calm, balanced pets that are more easily adopted.”

Separated by size and personality, animals live in a dorm-like setting with an outside play area for socializing and exercise. Randy said, “Killing is not an option. Rehab and rehoming animals is the goal.”

If you think this sounds like a pipedream, Shelter Revolution offers more than a dozen privately owned shelters and sanctuaries where the concept is already working.

The Cat House on the Kings is a sanctuary outside of Fresno CA, run by Lynea Lattanzio. It is a no-kill, cage free facility with an amazing 800 felines and 50 dogs. Lynea’s philosophy about the rescued cats that wander on her property is, “If they don’t have a home, at least they have a life.”

Make no mistake, Shelter Revolution does not promote animal hoarding. Their plan includes a medical center for sick animals, a quarantine area for new arrivals, spay and neuter, and rehabilitation. The model relies heavily on volunteers to socialize and train the pets so they can be adopted. Randy believes animal rescue groups that spend much of their time now rescuing strays, will flock to Adoption Centers to help rehabilitate homeless pets.

Cost to start an Adoption Center is estimated at $1.3 million. Shelter Revolution says current animal shelters are far more expensive. Their website gives many details about starting a Shelter Revolution in a community.

A Note To Shelter Leaders from Shelter Revolution founder Thomas Cole:

“For 100 years the shelter industry has imprisoned social animals in prison cages. It’s time shelter directors realize that the facility itself can play a central role in promoting adoptions. It is time to move beyond this plateau and create a new model.

Dogs and cats have committed no crimes.

Shelter directors, boards of directors and municipal officers, you have the power to enact these changes.”

Animal Sanctuaries With Communal Living:

Spirit Animal Sanctuary -New York

Cat House on the Kings- California

Heart and Soul Sanctuary- New Mexico

Spindletop Rescue

Baja Animal Sanctuary

Olympic Animal Sanctuary -Washington

Second Chance At Love Humane Society

FOUND -Chicago


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2:42AM PDT on May 14, 2014

Wonderful idea! Thank you.

4:06PM PDT on May 13, 2014

@Sharon Seltzer > The concept is brilliant and only hope more will be convinced it is the rational optimum approach.
There is also a similar sanctuary care center in Pittsboro NC called Goathouse Refuge.

12:13PM PDT on May 12, 2013

This sounded soo wonderful, until I saw SPINDLETOP listed on your refuge sources!!!! PLEASE ... haven't you heard?

4:04PM PDT on May 5, 2013

I despise my local shelter. They say they are "no kill" and advertise it all the time. They send animals to another county and pay them to do it. What a fraud

3:57AM PST on Nov 6, 2012

So glad some people have healthy and good ideas! Should they never kill an animal, if not necessary for eating!Just leave them alone or help them, not kill!

1:30PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

AWESOME idea. awesome video. I love it

4:33PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012


6:17PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I wish there would be Shelter Revolution all over this cruel world, oh my that video was great they seem so happy and well cared I love the idea , I hope they do that all over. God Bless Randy fo this

4:50PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

We will begin to take the so-called no-kill movement more seriously when someone produces a list of acceptable & safe adoptive homes for the BAZILLION Pits and Pit mixes and Chows and unpopular senior mixes and giant black unadoptables and cats of all description languishing in animal hell-holes like Trenton and Memphis and Deetroit and Philly & Loosiana and Texas and South LA.
Until that list materializes, we will equate the no-kill movement with a belief in fairies...

3:32PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Randy, i'm with you 100% -- and there are many individuals who agree with your view -- the purpose of sheltering animals is to make them and keep them happy and comfortable and ready for adoption -- these sanctuaries that you mention are perfect for our animals who are looking for homes and while they're looking, at least they have a wonderful sanctuary, with great people and other animals, they can call home. This is placing the priorities in the correct order -- the animals' interests come first! They do NOT want to die, they do NOT want to be murdered, they do NOT want to be euthanized, they do NOT want to be stuffed in a corner in unconscionable and cruel misery until someone rescues them or until their intentional yet needless murder arrives -- how anyone could do this to animals is beyond me -- but these kind of people should NOT be working with animals in any form whatsoever -- this kind of paradigm is based on INSANITY! Randy's philosophy on restructuring and placing heavy emphasis on the care of animals IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO! IT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO GO! IT IS THE MORAL WAY TO GO!

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