We believe that the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals is a community-wide problem requiring community-based solutions and will encourage the creation of a local community coalition consisting of a variety of organizations (e.g., animal control, nonprofit rescues, grassroots foster care providers, SPCA, funders and veterinary associations) for the purpose of saving the lives of healthy and treatable animals. We are committed to the belief that no one organization or type of organization can achieve this goal alone; that we need one another, and that the only true solution is to work together.
Although our primary purpose is to save as many death row animals as possible we would be negligent if we did not address the complexity of animal euthanasia in rural Kentucky. Therefore we are committed to developing a comprehensive, solution focused, community-based resolution to end the euthanasia of adoptable companion animals. While we will continue to support and promote the spaying or neutering of pets we do not believe sterilization alone addresses the realities of how animals end up in shelters in the first place. We believe in order to end euthanasia we must first determine the manageable/controllable factors that contribute to the problem in our area; only then can we seek solution-focused intervention. Through our research we will attempt to identify what, if any, human and animal characteristics influence the relinquishment of animals to shelters and exam what factors or animal traits, if any, predict which animal is most likely to be adopted compared to those being euthanized. As Noam Chomsky was quoted as saying: “Our ignorance can be divided into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would even look like."