Recently, I wrote about Andrea, the Utah cat who survived TWO euthanizing attempts, hypothermia and suffocation — and all in one day. Andrea’s iron-pawed will to live made international headlines and prompted animal activists to initiate a petition calling for the end of euthanizing gas chambers. Additionally, animal rights advocates in Utah began a slow but steady drumbeat calling for the West Valley City Animal Shelter, where the euthanizing attempts had taken place, to embrace a no-kill policy.
Well, the drum beat has been heard and tonight, in honor of Andrea the Cat, the City Council issued a proclamation that sets the goal of obtaining a “no-kill” designation for the West Valley City shelter. This goal can be achieved, they said, with the help of volunteers and local animal advocacy groups, such as CAWS (Community Animal Welfare Society) and Best Friends Society.
Mayor Mike Winder, called the February 14th vote a “valentine to the animals.”
Jamie Carter, a CAWS volunteer, told the city council that she’s thrilled that instead of arguing over how to kill animals, the groups and city are going to work together on how to save them.
Last year alone, the West Valley Shelter took in over 5,000 animals and euthanized about 1,700. Now with the help of animal advocates, emphasis will be placed on responsible ownership and increasing adoptions.
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