What is the shelter's position on "No Kill"?

Some No Kill facilities pre-screen what they will take into their shelter. Less desirable animals are not admitted or transferred to other facilities. Sugar Land's animal shelter is tasked with taking in all animals in our jurisdiction including strays, abandoned and injured animals, those with health issues from neglect, transmittable diseases, behavior issues, and aggression.

The "No Kill" Concept

A No Kill shelter is a great concept, but in reality even a No Kill shelter can euthanize 5-10% of its intake and still be considered No Kill. Maddie's Fund, an organization dedicated to increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S., defines a No-Kill shelter as “an animal shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for unhealthy and untreatable animals.” Maddie’s Fund also has detailed definitions for healthy, treatable, rehabilitatable and manageable animals.

Working Towards Forever Homes

The City’s Animal Shelter does not promote itself as a "no kill" animal shelter but does actively utilize multiple "no kill" strategies to ensure adoptable animals find a forever home. Even though the animal shelter has exceeded its capacity since 2015, the animal shelter does not euthanize for space.  In addition, the City utilizes the following "no kill" strategies to ensure animals are adopted:

  • Low-cost spay/neuter services
  • Rescue groups
  • Foster care (internal program)
  • Comprehensive adoption programs
  • Pet retention programs
  • Medical and behavior programs
  • Public Relations/Community Involvement
  • Volunteer programs
  • Proactive redemptions
  • Compassionate Director


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1. How many animals are adopted at the Sugar Land Animal Shelter each year?
2. If we keep neutering all these animals, where do the new ones keep coming from?
3. Why does a new animal shelter cost $6.6 million?
4. What is the shelter's position on "No Kill"?
5. Why is a new animal shelter on the ballot?
6. What types of research and studies were done prior to the animal shelter bond proposition being developed?
7. Is a new animal shelter being proposed because the 2017 annexation of New Territory and Greatwood caused the animal shelter to exceed its capacity?
8. Did annexation impact service levels and create new needs?
9. How was the design for the proposed animal shelter determined?
10. I thought the new animal shelter was going to cost closer to 9M. Why isn’t that amount reflected in the bond proposition?