Manatee May Start ‘No-Kill’ Animal Shelter

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Manatee County’s commissioners are considering whether to adopt a “no-kill” policy for its animal shelter.

Commissioners will discuss the resolution Tuesday. Under the plan, the shelter would phase out euthanasia except in the cases of terminally ill, injured or vicious animals.

Officials told the Bradenton Herald ( ) that a coalition of local animal rescue groups came up with the alternative to regularly killing shelter animals that are too numerous.

The plan strives to increase the shelter’s “live release” rate from 61 percent to more than 90 percent by next year. “Live release” refers to animals that are adopted, returned to their owner or transferred to an animal welfare organization.

The plan won’t require additional funding, and may increase revenue and lower costs to the county.

Source: Associated Press