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  1. Michael, you ‘stalled me out’ for a second, and then I just had to laugh out loud with your “PETA” comment ” Improvements in euthanasia rates have been made.” “Sieg heil!” came to mind for a moment.

    I believe ANY organization serving the public and private sectors with issues as volatile as euthanasia of companion animals would WELCOME the scrutiny of a “ranking” as you propose.

    (excluding of course PETA, who have espoused and believe that [a la “Logan’s Run”] they are simply sending ALL the poor animals to ‘Carnival’)

    You hold the ability, credentials and experience to establish a world-wide organization that “vets” or dismisses doers or frauds right there in your lap(top), dear Michael.

    If you are simply asking for permission, ask no further.

    (but remember, you have luggage to buy (for two!), and some miles to run/travel before you start that particular endeavor!)

    A rating system would serve – and save wasted money – for everyone.

    Here in the U.S., we generally think of “leagues” as being involved in sports, like bowling (or other).

    Your U.S. readers should get this, others may not: “Bowling for Cats!”

    • Improvements in euthanasia rates have been made

      That comment relates to general kill rates across the USA at shelters. The mass legal slaughter of rescue cats is still huge but lower than before. Considerably lower as I recall. Los Angeles is a good example. There has been a lot of talk about “no-kill” and what it means – it does not mean no kill 🙂 a lot of the time.

      You make a good point: people genuinely concerned about lowering kill rates would welcome a league table even if they performed poorly at the outset because it would motivate them to improve and save lives.

      If rescues resist league tables it is proof positive that they are not interested in saving lives but “processing unwanted cats”.

  2. No doubt that any sort of tool that may measure the quality of shelter services would be welcomed. But, I doubt that some counties in my state will utilize, even if made law.
    Last year, Florida enacted a law that required shelters to disclose to the public records of animals taken in, adopted, and euthanized. Several counties wouldn’t comply.
    http://www.wuft.org/news/2013/07/17/not-all-county-animal-shelters-in-florida-are-following-a-new-law/

    I have to question the estimated 4,000 shelters. Including Humane Society shelters, county shelters, and private shelters I estimate, conseratively, about 6,000.

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