What’s in a name? The term “no-kill” is often inconsistently used by animal shelters and the general public. The concept of “no-kill” is complex and often divisive. Research indicates the general consumer doesn’t understand what no-kill means. As the leader in animal welfare, it’s our desire to educate our community about “no-kill.” AHS’ innovative and life-saving programs far exceed those of adoption agencies who tout a “no-kill” status.

Position Statement

AHS developed an Ethical No-Kill Philosophy, meaning we never euthanize a pet for space or length of time. Because we care for the most vulnerable animals in the Valley – the sick, injured and abused, who are often turned away by other shelters, sometimes we have to make the compassionate decision to euthanize an animal who is terminally ill, suffering from a severe medical condition or deemed too dangerous. In these instances, we are confident the typical pet owner would make the same decision. Staying true to our mission, we never turn away an animal that is suffering, sick or injured. For healthy pets we schedule an appointment. And, we do our best to help people keep their pets by providing critical resources. We are committed to ending animal suffering, homelessness and needless euthanasia.

Ethical No-Kill Philosophy

AHS’ Ethical No-Kill Philosophy and innovative medical programs, such as our Trauma Hospital, Parvo Puppy ICU, Mutternity Suites and Bottle Baby Kitten ICU, allow us to save animals that most shelters would refuse to intake. We have implemented a comprehensive mix of programs that meet the needs of the Valley’s most vulnerable pets. By implementing this visionary Ethical No-Kill Philosophy, we’ve achieved what once seemed impossible and saved an additional 60,000 lives in the last four years.

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